Durand, Wis.-based Bauer Built Inc. expanded its marketing area into Indiana with the Sept. 30 purchase of Jim Stewart Truck Tire. The acquisition includes a 10,000-sq.-ft. truck tire center in Indianapolis and an 18,750-sq.-ft. Bandag retread plant in Zionsville, Ind. Bauer Built will operate both locations as a division under the Jim Stewart name, company President Jerry Bauer said.
``We've been looking to expand and looking for something with a retread shop,'' Mr. Bauer said, explaining the company had been considering expanding into the Indianapolis market for the past two or three years.
The addition gives Bauer Built 23 tire centers, eight wholesale distribution centers and six Bandag retread plants, eight convenience stores, two quick lube operations and a bulk oil distribution center.
Jim Stewart, who joined Bauer as operations manager for the two locations, also sold his two retail stores-an eight-bay outlet in Castleton, Ind., to Indy Tire Co. and an eight-bay outlet in Greenwood, Ind., to his brother-in-law, Mike Olmstead.
``It looked like to me that the (commercial tire) business was regionalizing,'' Mr. Stewart said. ``It was getting tougher and tougher to compete with the big boys.''
Don Almeida, Jim Miller and David Critchlow said they offer major brand tires, tire-related services and state vehicle inspections, in addition to the Big O tire line, at their new six-bay Big O Tires Inc. franchise in Draper, Utah.
Draper, located about 20 miles south of Salt Lake City, is a growing community with a ``home-town country atmosphere,'' Operating Manager Mr. Critchlow said.
Twenty-year Big O veteran Corey Johnson is the outlet's assistant manager, Mr. Critchlow said.
Millard Wilkinson, owner of Wilkinson Tire Center Inc., recently won a two-day training course in Occupational Safety & Health Administration requirements from a random-drawing contest co-sponsored by the Georgia Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association and Heafner Tires and Products Inc.
The OSHA training course-one of three presented throughout the year by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce-will be held in Atlanta in November. Heafner Tires covered the registration fee, according to GTDRA Executive Director Lindy Bryant.
Mr. Wilkinson, called ``an ideal tire dealer'' by Mr. Bryant, operates a single-location retail store in Tucker, Ga.
Mr. Bryant said he was excited to have the opportunity to offer the safety course to one of his association's members.
``Eighteen minutes spent today might save somebody's life tomorrow, but I'm not sure that message always gets across,'' Mr. Bryant said.
Service Tire Truck Centers Inc. owner Walter Dealtrey stepped down June 30 as president of the Bethlehem, Pa., industrial park where his dealership has been based for about 20 years.
Mr. Dealtrey was first elected president of Lehigh Valley Industrial Park Inc. 11 years ago. During his tenure, the development region grew from 84 to 295 businesses, while employment in the area doubled from 7,000 to 14,500.
``The next time you pass one of LVIP's campuses and see thousands of people going to work, remember to thank one person who donated so much of his time, energy and vision to make it happen,'' The (Bethlehem) Express-Times said in a June 21 editorial highlighting Mr. Dealtrey's accomplishments.
About 20 years ago, Mr. Dealtrey moved his company headquarters onto the original Lehigh Valley Industrial Park street.
Service Tire Truck Centers is one of the nation's largest truck tire retreaders. The company retreads more than 480 units per day at its three Bandag plants and has seven branch locations in Delaware and Pennsylvania.