HUTCHINSON, Kan. (Aug. 2, 2004) — T.O. Haas Tire Co. has acquired Gullickson Tire in Hutchinson, its fifth store in Kansas and 30th overall.
George Hoellen, president of Lincoln, Neb.-based T.O. Haas Tire, said the purchase was a good fit for a number of reasons. “Gullickson Tire was a very good customer of our former wholesale business and we've known Don and Freda for many years,” Mr. Hoellen said, referring to the former owners, Don and Freda Menze. “We're very excited that Don has agreed to stay on as store manager—obviously, he has a great relationship with his customers and employees as well as solid understanding of the Hutchinson marketplace.”
Gullickson Tire originally opened as a B.F. Goodrich Tire Co. store. The Menzes have owned the store since 1983. Mr. Menze said his customers will not notice any changes from the acquisition as the dealership will offer the same products and services.
The Menzes—both active in their community and in the tire industry—have supported numerous organizations and clubs in Hutchinson, according to a T.O. Haas Tire press release. Mr. Menze served as president of the Mid-America Tire Dealers Association and sat on the board of directors for the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce.
T.O. Haas operates locations in Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa.