Briggs and Sons Tire in Fayetteville, N.C., opened a new location June 21 to replace an aging store in the center of the city, which the dealership has closed. The 6,000-sq.-ft. facility has eight drive-through bays and features Goodyear's Gemini design in the showroom.
"It looks real good," said President Bob Briggs. "I'm really proud of it."
Briggs and Sons has seven retail outlets and recently completed a $500,000 expansion of its retread plant in Clinton, N.C., Mr. Briggs said. This includes a powder-coat wheel system, an A-Z Formen- und Maschinenbau GmbH cushion gum extruder and equipment to perform Goodyear's Unicircle retreading process.
Briggs and Sons also spent $250,000 to remodel its Fayetteville headquarters, including adding a new conference room.
Lakin Tire West Inc. moved into a new facility in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., effective July 31. The 75,000-sq.-ft. building will house the firm's 180 employees, said Plant Manager Daniel Lopez.
The new location will provide increased shipping capacity and more efficient processing of scrap tires, the company said. The shredder department can produce rubber chips of two inches or less in size and has improved steel belt removal capability, Mr. Lopez said.
Lakin Tire processes about 18 million tires a year and provides scrap tire pickup services to more than 2,500 retailers nationwide. The company also sells used tires and casings.
Lakin Tire West's phone and fax numbers remain the same.
Selling the farm
Defer Tire Co., which sits on a 127-acre plot in Streetsboro, Ohio, is about to be sold—possibly.
For the second time in a year, tire dealer Mark Defer and his family have an option from a developer to sell his tire dealership and the surrounding land for a shopping mall.
Last November, Mr. Defer told Tire Business that Mills Corp. of Arlington, Va., had secured an option to purchase his family's land and build a 200-store destination mall. However, in December, Mills walked away from the deal saying the 127-acre plot was too small for the project.
Now, Columbus, Ohio-based developer R.J. Solove and Associates has an option to purchase from the Defer family, and Mr. Defer said the prospects for completing this deal are "looking much better." Solove would build a smaller shopping mall and other commercial development on the land.
Mr. Defer would not say how much Solove will pay to purchase the land or when the deal would close. This deal is "three times farther along" than the previous sale, he said, but it is still contingent on city approval.
At the time the Mills sale fell apart, Mr. Defer said the family still intended to sell the property. "When the other deal fell through," he said, "we had numerous offers. We picked the best one."
Bergey Leasing Associates, a unit of Franconia, Pa.-based Bergey's Inc., which includes Bergey's Tire, has been named Maintenance Member of the Year by the American Truck Leasing Network Inc. (AMTRALEASE), a North American network of truck leasing and rental companies.
Each AMTRALEASE affiliate is responsible for providing reciprocal service to equipment leased by other affiliates within a specific area. Bergey's Tire's commercial tire division provides road and tire service for Bergey Leasing.
"It's (the commercial tire division) a wonderful asset," said Bergey Leasing President LeeAnn Bergey. "It helps us get the job done."
Many truck leasing agreements have a "guaranteed up time" within which the service truck must arrive, and she credited Bergey's commercial tire division with helping her group get the award.
Bergey's Inc. employs apporximately 730 people in more than 30 divisions, including new car and truck franchises, retail and commercial tire and vehicle service centers, retreading plants and other vehicle-related businesses.