Retreader to own new building
SPRINGFIELD, Ore.-H&O Precure Retread Inc. plans to relocate to a new 9,000-sq.-ft. facility it will begin building in early September.
Owner Mark Larsen said he recently secured a 0.87-acre parcel of property in Cottage Grove, Ore., for $58,938 and plans to spend $250,000 constructing his new retread shop. He said he's hoping to move into the facility in January.
``I lease here and would like to own my own building,'' Mr. Larsen said. ``I have a little more square footage where I'm at but it's not a lot of open space, I have to turn a lot of corners. I'll be more efficient when I move and set up.''
H&O is an independent retreader that supplies precure retreaded tires to about 50 dealers throughout Oregon, including Northwest Tire Factory outlets. The company doesn't sell new tires nor does it operate service trucks. It retreads 55 tires per day in Springfield, though Mr. Larsen said his company has the capacity to retread 100 tires per day.
The dealership retreads mostly logger and construction vehicle tires using the Bandag Inc. process. He leases his current location from Schmunk's Tire & Auto Service Center, which also is one of his retread customers.
``We take the time to clean the tire up and retread it; it's a niche that the larger shops don't want to handle,'' Mr. Larsen told Tire Business. ``I can be anywhere in the state of Oregon because I'm wholesale. I go out to tire stores all over the state of Oregon and pick up their truck tires and bring them back in a week with a retread on them.''
H&O was founded in 1963 by John Harbeintner and Elmer Odell. Mr. Larsen joined the company in 1982 as a minority owner and then became sole owner in 1999 when Mr. Harbeintner retired.
The retreader posts $1.2 million in annual sales and employs six.
Flynn's celebrates 40th anniversary
MERCER, Pa.-Flynn's Tire Co. will celebrate 40 years in business this fall with a special two-week sale, Sept. 6-20 at all of its 16 retail locations in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio.
Joe Flynn III, president of Flynn's Tire, said the sale will roll back prices to those of 1964, the dealership's founding year, and give customers what amounts to a 10-25 percent discount on tires.
Flynn's Tire is owned and operated by the Flynn family in Mercer and is a distributor of Goodyear, Dunlop, Republic and Kelly tires to other tire retailers, service stations, car dealers and farm/tractor suppliers in the region. The dealership also operates a retread division.
Evans Tire opens 14th Calif. store
VISTA, Calif.-Evans Tire & Service Centers opened a new store in Vista with grand opening festivities in June.
The outlet-the dealership's 14th overall and second in Vista-officially opened in March.
``The city of Vista will play a key role in the growth of Evans Tire in the up and coming years,'' said Evans Tire President John Andonian. Tom Locascio will be store manager at the new Vista outlet.
The grand opening featured several local business and government leaders as well as food, music and a car show. The dealership, based in Escondido, Calif., gave away two sets of tires, a set of wheels and a $500 gift certificate for Evans Tire.
Evans Tire said its sales are projected to hit $20 million this year, up from $9 million in 2001.