FRANCONIA, Pa.(April 13, 2001)— Chalk another one up for Bib.
Bergey's Retread Technologies Inc., a Bandag retreader for 32 years, has switched allegiances and is now using the Michelin Retread Technologies Inc. system to retread medium truck tires.
The company made the change Jan. 1, putting the Michelin system into its retread plant in Hatfield, Pa., said Duane Bergey, president of Bergey's Retread.
"We felt it was a better system and gives a better quality product," Mr. Bergey said. "When we looked at the process and equipment Michelin had, we felt it was a step up in terms of quality."
The company also has replaced the Bandag system at its Sellersville, Pa., plant and is retreading tires there using its own equipment and tread rubber supplied by Associated Rubber Co.
In changing systems, Mr. Bergey said the company lost some national fleet business but also picked up some new accounts, "so it's been a wash, in a sense."
At the Hatfield operation, Bergey's converted to Michelin's Pre-Mold (precure) system and will be capable of retreading up to 300 truck tires a day, about the same as before the conversion, Mr. Bergey said. Eventually, the company may install the Michelin Custom-Mold (mold cure) process, but for now is going with Pre-Mold only, he added.
At the larger Sellersville plant, Bergey's is producing 400 medium truck tire retreads daily under the brand name Prima, a trademark the company owns.
Previously, Bergey's had made mold-cure Prima retreads only, but now is doing so in precure as well, Mr. Bergey said.
Companywide during 2000, Franconia-based Bergey's produced an average of 324 truck tire retreads per day and consumed a total of 2.3 million pounds of tread rubber.
The company also used 71,254 pounds of tread rubber last year to retread 10 off-the-road tires each day at the Sellersville facility.
Besides the two retread plants, Bergey's Retread operates three retail stores, a warehouse, three commercial/retail facilities and seven commercial-only tire outlets. This includes a new commercial outlet at a Volvo truck dealership that its parent company, Bergey's Inc., acquired in Allentown, Pa., early in 2000.
The new full-service facility will serve not only the tire needs of the Volvo outlet but also "perform the role of tire dealership in that area," Mr. Bergey said.
Along with retreads, Bergey's sells Michelin, Continental, General and Hankook new-tire lines.