Expansions Briggs & Sons Tire has renovated its 1,100-sq.-ft. retread shop in Clinton, N.C.
The Fayetteville, N.C.-based Goodyear Authorized Retreader's facility will add an A-Z Formen und Maschinenbau GmbH extruder, new buffers and a 23-tire curing chamber for precure truck tires.
The new machinery should significantly increase the previous shop's output of about 72 tires per day. ``We're just trying to step up our retreading,'' said owner Bob Briggs.
He also recently purchased land for a new eight-bay facility to replace a small four-bay outlet in a shopping center—one of two Kelly Tire dealerships the company bought in March. The new store, expected to open in nine months, is about a block from the location it will replace.
Mr. Briggs and his wife Barbara began business in a service station in 1972. Their sons, Robbie and Kevin, now help manage the family-owned company, which has nine locations—five retail only, one commercial and three retail/commercial centers. Its sales goal for this year is $20 million.
Mr. Briggs said the company is looking to expand primarily by purchasing existing dealerships.
Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. is offering the distributors of its Hoosier performance street tires the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a race car for the company's ``Live Your Fantasy—Need for Speed'' promotion.
Hoosier distributors who meet or exceed their third quarter (July, August and September) sales quota will be eligible to attend a one-day racing school conducted by the Finish Line Racing School on Oct. 16 at the USA/Lakeland International Speedway near Orlando, Fla.
Hoosier will provide airfare, accommodations, ground transportation and meals for those who qualify or their designee.
The promotion ends Sept. 30.
Target Tire of Jacksonville, N.C., hosted 206 dealers, suppliers and their family members on a trip to Canada in June.
Target Chairman Bucky Stein said the group visited Quebec City for three days, stayed at the Chateau Frontenac Hotel and had an ``extravagant'' banquet at the provincial parliament building.
The group then traveled to Montreal and stayed in the original Ritz Hotel.
Mr. Stein said the annual business meeting was ``very successful'' and that Target plans to take its dealers to Rome in March 2000.
``We've been doing these trips a long time and we almost feel like a travel agency,'' he said.