SEATTLE (Jan. 24, 2000) — Phelps Tire Co. has shifted its retread production technology to Michelin Retread Technologies Inc. from Bandag Inc., ending a 32-year-old relationship with Bandag.
Phelps, a Michelin dealer in the Puget Sound area for the past 23 years, converted its existing, 5-year-old retread factory in south Seattle to MRTI technology in late November, and started production under the new system Dec. 6.
The plant was engineered to produce 154 tires a day, according to Charlie Allfrey, general manager. The conversion to Michelin occurred after Phelps Tire´s franchise agreement with Bandag had lapsed, Mr. Allfrey said.
Phelps Tire decided to switch to the MRTI system because management viewed it as ``21st century´´ technology. The company operates five commercial outlets in the Puget Sound area, including a new 20,000-sq-ft. site in North Bend, Wash.