SOUTH BEND, Ind. (Jan. 7, 2002)—Tire Rack, a leading mail order tire and wheel retailer and wholesaler, has moved its headquarters and South Bend distribution to a new facility on the north side of South Bend and has nearly completed shipping inventory out of its old facility.
The new facility is a purpose-built distribution center and includes a wet/dry handling circuit on the premises, according to John Rastetter, director of information services for Tire Rack. The company declined to comment on the facility's size or cost. Tire Rack started moving into the new facility in September 2000; the company has been in its old facility, a former Studebaker manufacturing plant, for more than 10 years, he said.
Besides South Bend, Tire Rack operates distribution facilities in Reno, Nev., Newark, Del., and—since spring 2001—Shreveport, La. Tire Rack claims to have more than 1,500 recommended installers throughout the U.S. which handle installation and other related services.
Tire Rack started as a single outlet retailer in South Bend in 1979, and expanded into national mail order in 1982. It launched its website—www.tirerack.com—in 1996. The company also carries a selection of brake and suspension parts.©