Superior Tire Service Inc. has moved its headquarters to new facilities at an eight-acre site in Salem, Ore.
STS shuttered its former headquarters on July 31 and sold it to Les Schwab Tire Centers.
The move allows STS to consolidate retail and commercial sales and service along with its Michelin Retread Technologies Inc. plant at one location.
"It has easier access and is closer to the freeway (Interstate 5)," said Patrick Ryan, STS project manager. There is a 48,000-sq.-ft. building on the site now, Mr. Ryan said, and the company plans to build another structure for truck and passenger tire sales and service in about a year.
The MRTI retread plant is producing about 120 tires per day, but growth in retreading has been slower than anticipated due to sluggishness in the trucking and logging industries, Mr. Ryan said.
"However, we're looking for big things down the road," he said. STS is looking to increase business in off-the-road retreading to service the logging and agricultural markets.
STS employs 60 at the new location and has two other locations in Gladstone, Ore., and Longview, Wash., which offer passenger and truck tire sales and wheel, brake and alignment service.
STS also provides tire management programs for trucking companies in Oregon and Washington.
Heafner Tire Group Inc.'s Carson, Calif., distribution center, which opened in late March, shipped more than $1 million worth of inventory in June, the company said. The 100,000-sq.-ft. facility has more than 30 employees and is one of 70 warehouses Heafner owns.
The Carson distribution center is operated as part of Heafner's California Tire unit. Heafner now has more than 1 million square feet of warehouse space to serve its 240 locations in California which operate under the California Tire or Winston Tire banners.
Merchant's Tire & Auto Centers opened its 11th store in the Raleigh-Durham area Aug. 3.
Carl Finamore, president of Manassas, Va.-based Merchant's, called the Raleigh facility, the firm's sixth store opened this year, "state of the art." Merchant's plans to double in size in the next three to five years, he said.
Merchant's stores feature Michelin, BFGoodrich, Uniroyal and Medalist brand tires and undercar and underhood services, air conditioning repair and batteries.
Merchant's now has 115 retail and five commercial outlets in the mid-Atlantic region and had estimated retail sales of about $176 million in 1999. The firm ranks seventh among North America's largest retail dealerships based on company-owned stores.
Dunn Tire Corp. of Buffalo, N.Y., contributed more than $6,500 to the annual fund-raising campaign of the Western New York/Northwestern Pennsylvania chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Between April 30 and May 13, 15 Dunn Tire stores in that region held a "drive for dollars" in conjunction with the national organization's "MS Walk" campaign. Dunn Tire pledged to contribute $1 from each tire sold at participating locations.
Dunn Tire Chairman Randall Clark said the company plans to increase its involvement with the National MS Society in the future.