WILKES-BARRE, Pa.-The last 15 months have been eventful for McCarthy Tire Service Co. Inc., which ranks 11th among North America's largest independent tire dealerships based on commercial sales.
The Wilkes-Barre-based dealership added three commercial tire service outlets, for a total of 17, and increased sales in 2000 by nearly 30 percent compared with the previous year, according to CEO John D. ``Jack'' McCarthy Sr.
Most recently, the dealership relocated one of its two Bandag retread plants from Capitol Heights, Md., to larger and more suitable quarters in Kearneysville, W.Va.
The 22,000-sq.-ft. plant, which went on-stream March 22, can process more than 220 medium truck retreads daily and may be doubled in size when demand permits, Mr. McCarthy said. It also retreads and repairs some sizes of large off-the-road tires, as does the company's other Bandag plant in Wilkes-Barre.
McCarthy Tire's two plants processed an average of 490 medium truck and 60 light truck retreads daily in 2000. The company consumed approximately 2.7 million pounds of tread rubber, ranking 26th among North America's largest truck tire retreaders.
The new Kearneysville plant employs 13 and is under the direction of McCarthy Tire Vice President Neil Horn, Mr. McCarthy's son-in-law.
His son, John D. McCarthy Jr., is president of the company, which has been family owned since its founding in 1926.
The Kearneysville facility, which also includes a warehouse, is strategically located to serve customers in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area, Mr. McCarthy said.
The former Capitol Heights location was acquired in December 1999 when McCarthy Tire purchased the former Friends Tire and Fleet Service of Hyattsville, Md.
Mr. McCarthy said the company outgrew the limited production capabilities at the Capitol Heights plant and had found the area's labor costs difficult to compete with.
Commercial tire operations contributed approximately 70 percent (or $49.3 million) of McCarthy Tire's $70.4 million total sales in 2000, and retreading accounted for an additional $14.1 million or 20 percent of sales. The firm operates 188 service trucks and employs 305 in its commercial tire operations.
Seven of the company's 18 sales locations are combination retail/commercial outlets and one is retail only. The firm carries Bridgestone, Goodyear, Continental, Firestone, General and Michelin brands and participates in ``Team TMS,'' the tire outsourcing program offered to fleet customers by Bandag's Inc.'s Tire Management Systems subsidiary.