Lyle Ruf and Duane Mickelson opened their first outlet, Central Avenue Tirecraft, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in June. The Tirecraft Auto Centers Ltd. associate store is being operated by the two men out of a leased, four-bay retail dealership, according to Mr. Mickelson.
The company performs alignments, brakes, undercar, air conditioning, exhaust and other automotive services, Mr. Mickelson said.
Central Avenue Tirecraft gives Edmonton, Alberta-based Tire-craft Auto Centers 56 associate and 26 company-owned outlets in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Burnsville, Minn.-based Tires Plus Groupe opened its 41st company-owned outlet in September in Roseville Crossings, Minn., giving the dealership 63 stores.
The new eight-bay outlet is housed in a building just over 6,000 square feet, according to the firm.
Yorkton Tire and Auto Centers, a former Firestone dealership in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, moved its dealership into a six-bay location in that town and became a Tirecraft Auto Centers Ltd. associate store, according to co-owner Darryl Wilson.
Mr. Wilson said the company, which is also owned by Raymond Dierker, joined Tirecraft in order to offer customers additional tire lines.
The dealership, which is now housed in a ``smaller building that's better utilized,'' allows technicians easier access to shop equipment, he added.
Lancaster, Pa.-based P. Lebzelter & Son Co. is celebrating its 95th year as a Goodyear dealership.
The firm, which operates three locations, was founded in 1854 by Philip Lebzelter as Eagle Wheel & Bending Works and became a Goodyear dealership in 1900.
Earlier this year, the company ran a month-long anniversary sale that included a three-day visit from the Goodyear blimp, ``Stars and Stripes.''
Lebzelter President Clair McCormick said he bought a majority share of the company two years ago.
El Paso, Texas-based Martin Tire Co., which claims to hold the largest retail tire market share in that city, celebrated its 50th anniversary in July.
The six-outlet dealership has four locations in El Paso and one each in Alamogordo and Las Cruces, New Mexico.
The late founders Robert C. Martin and his uncle, Claude Martin, opened the business in 1945. Today, Martin Tire is operated by Mr. Martin's 80-year-old wife, Florine, who handles accounts payable; his son, Ron L., president; daughter, Virginia, office manager; and grandsons, Ronald A., vice president of marketing; and Dave, vice president of purchasing and distribution.
For years, Mr. Martin's other son, Bobby, who died two years ago, also was involved in the business.
Martin Tire has grown because of ``a good customer base and great people working'' within the company, Ron L. Martin said.
Tire Kingdom Inc. President and CEO Chuck Curcio has been selected as the 1995 Businessman of the Year by the Kiwanis Club of Lake Worth, Fla.
Mr. Curcio started selling tires at a farmers' market in 1972. This year, his Tire Kingdom dealership ranks fourth in North America in terms of company-owned stores, with 149, according to TIRE BUSINESS' 1995 retail survey.
Mr. Curcio is scheduled to receive the award during an Oct. 11 ceremony.
Marion, Ind.-based Raybo Tire Inc.'s girls and boys softball teams won their respective divisions in the Marion Police Athletic League Club (PAL) this year, according to Raybo Tire President Paul Hayden.
The league was set up about five years ago by the police department as a means of supporting the area's youth, Mr. Hayden said. The single-outlet retail/commercial dealership, which also sponsors two soccer teams, has been involved in the PAL since its inception.