WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2002—Marangoni Tread North America has signed a license agreement with Looney's Tire Service of Little Rock, Ark., to use its Ringtread retreading system.
Looney's, a member of the Del-Nat Group, operates two outlets in Arkansas. The Ringtread plant will be located at the dealership´s Little Rock facility and will upgrade the existing precure retreading operation there with new builders and buffers, said Jim Looney, the dealership's owner and founder.
“The reason we are taking on the Ringtread system is that we want to supply our customers with the highest quality truck retreads using the latest in automated retread processing technology,” Mr. Looney said.
The switch to Ringtread is more of an addition than a conversion. Looney's uses a variety of retreading equipment, including Hercules and Salisbury machines.
“It's just a different way of putting the tire together,” Mr. Looney said. “We're strictly independent. We do whatever we want.”
Mr. Looney said the new retreading equipment will arrive in February and he hopes to have the system up and running by March 1. He is looking for an output of 135 retreaded truck tires per day, an increase of 25 per day over the plant's current production. He said the additional output will necessitate hiring one or two more employees.
The Little Rock location is home to Looney's commercial and wholesale tire service and warehouse. It offers limited retail business, Mr. Looney said.
The dealership´s other facility, in Benton, Ark., serves primarily as a retail outlet, selling Toyo, Delta, Michelin and Uniroyal brand tires.
Marangoni currently has 10 franchisees in North America using its Ringtread system, which involves applying a spliceless, precure tread ring to the buffed casing of a tire.