Boulevard Retread Center Inc., in Deland, Fla., recently held an open house to display a 5,000-sq.-ft. expansion to its Bandag retread plant in the city. The company added production and storage space as well as a new builder, buffer, non-destructive tire tester and curing chamber.
Boulevard Retread has four locations, including a retail store and commercial truck tire facilities in Deland and operations in Daytona and Orlando, Fla.
In May, Fort Stockton, Texas-based McKissack Tire Co. Inc. purchased its third outlet.
The five bay retail/commercial store, located in Pecos, Texas, operates under the name Eagle Tire & Service. Owner Howard McKissack declined to release the location's former name or owner.
The dealership also operates its original store in Fort Stockton and a truck tire service center on I-10, just outside of Fort Stockton.
McKissack Tire, which has been a Goodyear dealership since 1981, also sells Dunlop and Cooper brand tires, Mr. McKissack said. The acquisition of Eagle Tire should give the company $1 million in sales this year, he added.
In September, Jacksonville, Fla.-based Automotive Industries Inc. opened three new stores in the Southeast, bringing the dealership's total number of outlets to 57.
The firm's Wall Tire subsidiary opened two new stores in the Augusta, Ga., market, while its Jim Martin Tire subsidiary opened one new outlet in Jacksonville.
Additionally, the company plans on opening two more Jim Martin Tire stores in unnamed locations, according to David Mills, Automotive Industries vice president marketing/distribution.
Currently, Automotive Industries operates 26 Service Max, 15 Jim Martin Tire, eight Wall Tire, four Mott Tire, two Daytona Discount Tire and two Kehoe Tire outlets.
The company carries Bridgestone, Firestone, Michelin, Armstrong, Pirelli, Visa, Falken and Dayton brand tires.
Ventura, Calif.-based Parnelli Jones Inc. recently received a commendation from the county of Ventura for participating in California's used oil recycling program.
The 96-store dealership was certified by the state to collect used motor oil at all of its 50 California stores-including five in Ventura-in August 1994. Customers get a rebate from the state for the used oil they bring to an outlet.
``We made the commitment at the corporate level because we're environmentally concerned, and because we do not want to see do-it-yourself guys dumping oil down the sewer,'' said Parnelli Jones President and CEO Dan Beach.