Expansions Norfolk, Va.-based Kramer Tire Co. Inc. has opened two new facilities: a retail tire and auto center and a truck tire center.
The independent Goodyear dealership opened an 8,000-sq.-ft. retail store, with seven bays and six employees, in a new location in Hampton, Va., Jan. 17. It replaces a building Dave Clasing, Kramer's director of retail stores, called "dingy."
He said Kramer needed to move the store because the city purchased the old site, near the Hampton River waterfront, for future development as a restaurant and shopping area.
Kramer Tire also opened a "satellite" commercial truck tire center in Hampton on Jan. 3. Mike Welsh, general manager of truck tire, wholesale and retreading, said the new facility will offer new tire service, 24-hour emergency road service and retreaded truck tires from Kramer's retread plant in Norfolk.
The center will occupy about half of a 15,000-sq.-ft. former warehouse, with the rest leased to other businesses. It will allow Kramer to provide more timely service to truck tire customers in the Hampton area, he said.
Kramer recently spent about $500,000 on new equipment to double the capacity of the Norfolk retread plant, which now can produce about 130 Goodyear Unicircle precure retreads and 80 mold-cure retreads daily, Mr. Welsh said.
T.O Haas Tire Co., based in Lincoln, Neb., acquired Tri Sons Service, a commercial tire and service outlet in Omaha, Neb., last November.
The dealership purchased Tri Sons "to give us more coverage and service opportunities in the Omaha market for commercial tires," said T.O. Haas President Randy Haas.
The new facility—"our first free-standing commercial outlet," he said—gives T.O. Haas a total of 30 locations. The building will remain open for business while being remodeled to include three inside bays to accommodate trucks and trailers.
"We're excited about the opportunities (in Omaha)," he added.
James Matthews, president of the commercial and wholesale division at Merchant's Inc. in Manassas, Va., has wonr of four nights lodging and a round of golf at The Players Championship Stadium course in Ponte Vedra, Fla., courtesy of Continental General Tire Inc.
Mr. Matthews and his son will stay at the prestigious Sawgrass Marriott resort in Florida.
CGT said Mr. Matthews' name was drawn from 2,000 entries in the contest the company ran during last November's International Tire Expo/ Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas.