WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2000) — Marangoni Tread North America Inc. has signed two more retreaders — White´s Tire Service of Wilson, N.C., and West End Tire (1990) Ltd. of Winnipeg, Manitoba — to its Ringtread precured retread program. The new licensees bring to seven the number of Ringtread retreaders in the U.S. and Canada.
White´s Tire Service expects its Ringtread production in Wilson to be operational by January 2001, Marangoni said. White´s Tire will add the Ringtread production to its existing Marangoni mold cure and White´s bead-to-bead mold cure production at the Wilson plant, according to President Ed White.
White´s Tire´s Bandag plant in Goldsboro, N.C., is unaffected by the move, the company said. Officials there declined to say what level of output it expects to have from the Ringtread line.
West End Tire is adding a Ringtread production line to an existing Hawkinson mold cure line at its Winnipeg retread plant, and will expand overall retread output to about 200 tires a day, according to Don Husiak, manager of retreading.
West End Tire added Marangoni to have a premium precure process to complement its existing mold cure business, West End Tire President Andy Collet said.
To accommodate the new line, West End Tire is more than doubling the size of its Winnipeg plant, to about 13,000 square feet, Mr. Husiak said. The new line should be operational by February, he said.
The company will add three or four new employees to its retread staff of 15, he said, once the new production comes on stream. Among new equipment will be Maranoni´s Leonardo automated buffer, which is capable of buffing 135 tires per shift.
West End Tire serves commercial customers in Manitoba from its own two stores in Winnipeg, and it distributes retreads through 28 other single-store dealerships throughout the province. The company handles Michelin, BFGoodrich and Bridgestone new tires.