Expansions President Tire Canada recently began leasing a portion of a warehouse near Halifax, Nova Scotia, in order to better serve its franchisees in that eastern Canadian province.
Under the agreement, the company is storing about 5,000 tires in a portion of Palmeter Enterprises Ltd.'s warehouse in Avonport, Nova Scotia.
The warehouse space ``is a great improvement over the service from the main warehouse in Fredericton, New Brunswick,'' said Sales Manager Pierre Nystrom.
Laval, Quebec-based President Tire currently operates two company-owned retail outlets and serves 76 franchises. Immediate expansion plans call for five additional locations in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime Provinces.
The company reported its sales reached $30 million in 1995, 95 percent of which was derived from tires.
Jacksonville, Fla.-based Stringer Tire Co. recently purchased Contractor's Tire in Orlando, Fla., in an effort to continue its strategic expansion in that state.
Contractor's, formerly a full-service General Tire commercial dealership, also offered precure re-treading, truck alignments and mechanical work and serviced off-the-road tires.
Stringer Tire said it is installing a wheel refurbishing system and constructing a Bandag retread plant at the Orlando site.
Contractor's former owner, Ken George, is pursing other interests, according to Eric Schellhorn, Stringer vice president of sales development and customer service.
But the former dealership's two salesmen have been added to the Stringer staff, he said.
Stringer Tire currently has eight locations in Jacksonville, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Sanford, Quincy, Fruitland Park and Orlando, Fla., and Thomasville, Ga. The dealership also operates three Bandag retread plants.
``Our intention is to completely blanket the state of Florida first and then break out from that,'' Mr. Schellhorn explained.
The Jacksonville-based dealership plans to add a number of locations over the next few years, Mr. Schellhorn said, including its first in the Miami market.
Continental General Tire presented Mahone Tire Service President Barry Mahone with a commemorative plaque recognizing his dealership's 55 years with General Tire.
``After all of these years, General Tire is still our flagship tire line, and we've been a General Tire dealer since 1940,'' Mr. Mahone said after receiving the plaque in early June.
Mahone Tire consists of a retail store, a truck tire center and a precure and mold cure retread shop in three Parkersburg, W.Va., locations. The dealership-founded by Mr. Mahone's father, Ken, in 1938-also is a distributor of Hercules private-brand tires.
Corky Coker, president of Coker Tire Co. Inc., recently participated in a two-day celebration in Washington, D.C., marking the 100th anniversary of the automobile.
The ``Salute to the American Automotive Performance and Motorsports Industry'' event, held May 15-16, gathered representatives from Congress, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and the major race sanctioning bodies at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.
The celebration featured a display of vehicles spanning the evolution of the industry, including Mr. Coker's 1955 Cadillac.
Noel Murano Sr., president of Iberville Tire and Radiator Center Inc. in Plaquemine, La., recently was appointed to the state board of commerce and industry.
The 15-member board controls 16 state tax programs designed to attract businesses to Louisianna and encourage existing businesses to expand, Mr. Murano explained.
The appointment runs concurrently with Gov. Murphy J. Foster Jr.'s term, Mr. Murano said.