BETHLEHEM, Pa. (April 26, 2000)—The past 12 months have been eventful ones for Bethlehem-based Service Truck Tire Centers Inc.
Walter Dealtry Sr., who founded the company in 1955, officially retired as chairman, leaving management in the hands of President and CEO Ron Bennett, a longtime STTC employee, and Mr. Dealtry´s son, Walter Dealtry Jr., who is vice president and COO.
The younger Dealtry said his father has been approaching retirement gradually for the past several years, devoting increasing time to his many civic projects and other non-company-oriented activities in the Bethlehem area.
Meanwhile, STTC is busy building a 40,000-sq.-ft. combination tire center and "state-of-the-art" Bandag retread plant in Vineland, N.J., which it said will replace one of two retread shops the company added last year when it acquired Monaghan Rubber Co. of Rio Grande, N.J.
That acquisition, in September, also added two commercial sales/service facilities in central and southern New Jersey, bringing STTC´s total to four Bandag plants and 16 commercial tire centers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
STTC, which produced about 647 units per day, ranked 16th among North America´s largest truck tire retreaders, listed in this issue of Tire Business.
With 1999 commercial sales of $62 million, the company also tied for 10th place in the rankings of North America´s largest commercial tire dealerships, published March 27.
Lack of snowfall over the past two winters coupled with high fuel prices kept a lid on sales earlier this year. However, Walter Dealtry Jr. said he expected the company to make up for these two factors in short order. "We´ll be busier in May and June than we were last year. We´ll be playing catch-up," he predicted.