BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Oct. 30, 2003) — Saul Ganin, a veteran of more than 50 years in the tire industry, died earlier today in Florida after a long illness. He was 83.
Mr. Ganin, former president of Reynolds Tire & Rubber, a division of Ganin Tire Co. Inc. in Brooklyn, launched the Reynolds line in 1968, Vanderbilt in 1985, Brigadier in 1986 and the Ultra-Tech brand in 1993. Ganin Tire sold the Vanderbilt brand to TBC Corp. Reynolds and Brigadier are now marketed by the Brigadier Tire Group.
He was among six inductees in 1993 to the Tire Industry Hall of Fame of the former National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association, the forerunner to the current Tire Industry Association.
As a teenager, Mr. Ganin got an early start in tire sales by working at Ganin Tire Co., which his father founded in Brooklyn in 1923. Later, following his graduation from New York University in 1941, Mr. Ganin served with the U.S. Army until the end of World War II.
He returned in 1946 to the family business, ultimately succeeding his father and brother at the helm of dealership, which has retail and wholesale operations. Upon Mr. Ganin's retirement, he was succeeded by his son Steve and son-in-law Jeff Zegans.
Memorial services will be held at 2:15 p.m. on Nov. 2 at the Boulevard Park West Chapels Funeral Home in New York, according to Mr. Zegans. Mr. Ganin´s body will be interned at Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Glendale, N.Y.