After 40 years in business, Flynn's Tire Co. is keeping its eye out for new growth opportunities, particularly in eastern Ohio, and preparing its employees for expansion.
President Joe Flynn III said the dealership is eyeing the competitive eastern Ohio market with ``aggressive growth plans,'' but he told Tire Business it was premature to discuss any potential new stores in the coming year.
``We've put together a training program and a recruiting program and everything,'' he said. ``It will be in good time, I guess. I want to make sure I have the right people whenever we start growing.''
Flynn's Tire operates five retail locations in Ohio-Austintown, Youngstown, Orrville, Kent and Dover. It also has a separate retread plant in Dover. The Mercer-based dealership has done business in Ohio since 1986 when it opened the Kent outlet.
``We're going to grow by the people we have to grow with,'' Mr. Flynn said. ``In other words, as we get the right people that are ready for a store, we will open up a store for them after they go through a training program that we have.''
He added that the dealership would consider either acquiring retail stores or opening from the ground up, depending on what his employees would be ready to manage. He said he hasn't dismissed the idea of expanding eastward through Pennsylvania as long as new stores didn't conflict with any wholesale customers.
Flynn's Tire recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with an open house and cookout for its wholesale customers.
Mr. Flynn said the dealership held the cookout to thank its customers for their business and to continue to build long-lasting relationships. About 200 people attended the event.
Prizes included four tire giveaways, sporting event tickets, park tickets, a ride for two on a Goodyear blimp, two NASCAR tickets and a Hummer off-road challenge trip.
Flynn's Tire also celebrated with a retail tire sale it ran from September through Oct. 16. All tire prices were rolled back to those of 1964, the dealership's founding year. Some of the promotions included $40 off on select Kelly tires and oil changes for $19.64, according to Mr. Flynn.
``On some of the older sizes on the conversion charts there really isn't much of a difference in price,'' he told Tire Business, referring to the rollbacks. ``The difference really comes in on some of the new sizes since the 1960s and early 1970s.''
Flynn's Tire was founded Sept. 1, 1964, in Sharon, Pa., by Mr. Flynn's grandfather, Joseph Flynn Sr. His sons Joseph Flynn Jr. and R.P. Flynn took the helm of the dealership in 1977, and Joe Flynn III became president after his father's death in 2002. Mr. Flynn's sister Tania Warminski works as vice president, and cousins Annie and Jimmy Flynn also work at the dealership.
In 1966 the dealership moved its headquarters to Mercer. It expanded to a second store in 1985, then added two more in 1986. Flynn's Tire operates 20 locations, including three wholesale facilities, six commercial/retail centers and the retread plant.