ITCO Tire Co., a large tire wholesaler/distributor based in Wilson, N.C., has acquired the wholesale tire business of Palmer Industries Inc. in Macon, Ga. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition ``will greatly enhance our product offering and service capability to independent tire retailers in Georgia and north Florida,'' said ITCO President Buck Burwell.
Palmer Industries will continue to operate its retail, commercial and retread operations in Georgia, ITCO said.
ITCO was purchased last fall by Wingate Partners, a private investment firm based in Dallas. It operates 31 warehouses and an extensive delivery fleet to serve dealers throughout the Southeast.
Tire America opened its sixth outlet in the Richmond, Va., market March 28, one that will serve as a new store model for the retail organization.
The store design replaces the traditional service counter with individual kiosks that allow employees and customers to work side-by-side in determining tire needs. The store also has eight service bays, bright lighting and comfortable waiting areas, the company said.
Tire America, a unit of Sears, Roebuck and Co., sells car and light truck tires and wheels, as well as tire, suspension, brake and steering services.
Crown Tire Co. Inc., an 83-year-old regional tire wholesaler based in Auburn, N.Y., has become a distributor/owner of Summit Tire & Battery Inc.
Crown Tire will distribute Summit Tire's Heritage brand in New York, Vermont, northern Pennsylvania and Western Massachusetts, from facilities in Auburn and Albany, N.Y.
After 40 years at the helm of Glafka's Tire City Inc., founder Jim Glafka has sold his remaining shares in the dealership to partner Dave Geil and stepped down as president.
``Mr. Glafka has elected to semi-retire and continue to work a shorter schedule,'' the company said.
Mr. Geil, formerly vice president, has assumed the presidency. He was a Goodyear store service manager before becoming a business partner with Mr. Glafka in 1973.
Glafka's Tire City is a single-location retail/commercial dealership in Sterling, Ill.
Anchorage, Alaska-based Johnson's Tire Service recently was named Business of the Year for businesses with 26 employees or more, and recognized for ``excellence in customer service'' by the Better Business Bureau of Alaska.
The awards are presented to companies that uphold ethical standards and maintain outstanding customer service, the Better Business Bureau said.
Longtime American Retreaders' Association board member B.H. ``Tubby'' Hall recently was inducted into the Opp, Ala., Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame for, among other accomplishments, helping organize that community's first Little League Baseball program in the 1950s. He has served as a coach every year since.
Mr. Hall moved to Opp in 1948 to begin a career as a teacher and football coach. He entered the tire business in 1953, and the company, Auto-Sav Inc., eventually grew to a chain of about two dozen stores in four southeastern states. Mr. Hall was president of Auto-Sav, responsible for its retreading operations.
The company was purchased in the mid-1980s by McGriff Treading Co. of Cullman, Ala., and Mr. Hall stayed on for a time as a consultant before retiring.
Mr. Hall served on the ARA's Advisory Council from 1968 until
his election to the ARA board in 1978. He served as vice president from 1979 to 1982 and president from 1982 to 1983. Currently he is a director emeritus of the organization, which since has been renamed the International Tire and Rubber Association.
ITRA Executive Director Marvin Bozarth said Mr. Hall was instrumental in initiating the International Tire Retreading and Repairing Hall of Fame, the association's Historical Committee and the publication of Half-soles, Kettles and Cures, a history of retreading.
``Tubby has many outstanding qualities-he is a fine business leader and humanitarian, but above all he is truly a gentleman,'' Mr. Bozarth said a letter to the Opp Chamber of Commerce.
Tire Wholesalers Co. President Ross Kogel has been appointed to a 27-member business advisory council for a neighborhood association.
The Eight Mile Boulevard Association, created three years ago, is designed to focus the efforts of businesses and residents along the 27-mile stretch of road that has come to symbolically and physically mark the dividing line between Detroit and its suburbs, according to association Executive Director Sharlan Douglas.
Formal board members of the association consist of government representatives from the 13 communities that border Eight Mile Boulevard. The business advisory council was created in May to represent interests of companies, including one of Mr. Kogel's three Tire Wholesalers warehouses, throughout the district.
The association is trying to beautify the area, repair portions of the road and remove unwanted businesses, including topless bars, Mr. Kogel said.