Expansion Ken Towery's Tire & Auto Centers opened a new location April 20 in New Albany, Ind., giving the Louisville, Ky.-based dealership 17 locations in the metropolitan Louisville and Lexington, Ky., areas.
The dealership also will expand two of its Louisville locations later this year and is looking at sites for additional stores, said Kris Towery, vice president of sales and marketing. Ken Towery's newest location has seven bays and will offer undercar service, tune-ups and air-conditioning service.
The 29-year-old dealership is a member of the Midwest Tire Association and offers major brands such as Bridgestone, BFGoodrich, Continental, Firestone, General and Michelin.
Hernandez Tire Service in Ribidoux, Calif., is participating in a fund-raising campaign to build a monument to honor area military veterans.
Owner Bob Hernandez said the memorial will be named after Alex Caballero, a Vietnam War veteran who was active in local youth groups and sports activities.
"I knew him; he was a good guy," Mr. Hernandez said. The memorial will consist of a flag pole and marker, he said, and be located at Memorial Park in the Jurupa Area Recreation and Park District, of which Mr. Hernandez is a board member .
The dealership has donated $100, he said, and sold tickets to a benefit appearance by magician Steve Spellman that was scheduled for May 6. Mr. Spellman has appeared on "The Tonight Show" and HBO.
Hernandez Tire has operated for 23 years and sells passenger and truck tires, featuring the Regul brand.
Big O Tires Inc. was ranked No. 60 in the annual Franchise 500 ratings by Entrepreneur magazine. The Englewood, Colo.-based company was the top tire dealership franchiser in the magazine's annual ranking of what it called "America's best franchise opportunities."
Among auto-service-related franchises, Big O was ranked below only No. 5 Jiffy Lube International Inc.
Two other tire and auto service franchises also made the Entrepreneur rankings: Team Tires Plus Ltd. of Burnsville, Minn., ranked No. 235; King Bear Auto Service Center Inc. of Springfield Gardens, N.Y., ranked No. 442.
Wallgren's Les Schwab Tire Center was honored recently with the Business of the Year award from the Oak Harbor, Wash., Chamber of Commerce. It was the second time in the last three years the dealership has been so honored, owner Bud Wallgren said.
"It's fantastic to have our business peers recognize our efforts as far as service and product," Mr. Wallgren said. It's been "good for our employees," he added. "We couldn't get the award without our crew."
Mr. Wallgren opened the Oak Harbor dealership in 1960 as an O.K. Tires affiliate and joined Les Schwab in 1979.
This 12,000-sq.-ft. outlet has 12 bays, about 15 employees, and also is home to the corporate office of Mr. Wallgren's company, Island O.K. Tires Inc.
Island O.K. owns six other Les Schwab stores in Washington's Puget Sound area, Mr. Wallgren said. The dealership has annual sales of about $15 million—about 90 percent retail and 10 percent commercial.
Pomp's Tire Service Inc. in Green Bay, Wis., purchased Chicago-based Werd & Schaefer Tire Co. Inc. for an undisclosed sum on May 1.
Werd & Schaefer operated a single Bandag retread shop, which Pomp's will close and move equipment to its plants in Wisconsin, said founder Paul Werd. The dealership's intermodal business will be transferred to Pomp's Hammond, Ill., location.
Mr. Werd co-founded the dealership in 1947. He said he sold out because Chicago's taxes and licensing laws are "unfriendly" towards small businesses.