Tire dealer sworn into Ga. senate
ATLANTA-The owner of Jim Whitehead Tire & Auto was sworn in Jan. 10 as a state senator in Georgia.
Jim Whitehead, owner of the Augusta, Ga.-based dealership, was elected to the state senate to represent the 24th District, which includes all or parts of Columbia, Elbert, Glascock, Lincoln, McDuffie, Warren and Wilkes counties.
``It is my desire to serve my constituents in an honorable, moral and trustworthy manner,'' Mr. Whitehead, a Republican, said in a statement.
Jim Whitehead Tire & Auto opened its Augusta outlet in 1985 and recently opened a second store in Evans, Ga.
Mr. Whitehead also has served as a Columbia County commissioner and was chairman for the Augusta chapter of the Red Cross, among other civic roles.
Purcell opens Ill. distribution center
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.-Purcell Tire & Rubber Co. opened a distribution center this month in Springfield, Ill., that will cover most of the state.
Dennis Flynn, executive vice president of Potosi, Mo.-based Purcell Tire, said the 80,000-sq.-ft. facility was an existing building with 13 shipping bays.
``It's just perfect for what we need it for,'' Mr. Flynn said.
The center will handle passenger, light truck, medium commercial, retread and farm tires. Purcell Tire carries Goodyear, Dunlop, Kelly and Republic brands.
The dealership also is building a warehouse near Phoenix. That center also will be about 80,000 square feet, and it should be completed in about a year, Mr. Flynn said.
Tom Cella is the manager of the Springfield facility.
Alberta dealer joins Tirecraft
SHERWOOD PARK, Alberta-McKee Tire has joined Tirecraft Auto Centers Ltd. as an associate dealer.
The dealership operates two locations in Collingwood and Barrie, Ontario.
McKee Tire opened in 1956 in Collingwood and added the second outlet in 1996, Tirecraft said. The company handled primarily General brand tires. McKee Tire is owned by Tom and Tim McKee.
The arrangement with Tirecraft became effective Jan. 4. Sherwood Park-based Tirecraft has a network of more than 180 company and associate locations across Canada.
BFS dealers help Toys for Tots
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Participating Bridgestone/Firestone company-owned and independent shops will serve as drop-off points for the Toys for Tots program through 2006.
The Nashville-based tire manufacturer partnered with the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation to support the children's program for the three holiday seasons beginning in 2004.
``(In 2003) the organization was in-strumental in touching the lives of 6.5 million needy children in 456 communities across America during the holiday season,'' said Mark Emkes, chairman and CEO of Bridgestone Americas Holding Inc.
``With the help of our incredible family channel,'' Mr. Emkes continued, ``I believe we can serve even more children in more communities.''
Consolidated, TCI swap S.C. outlets
GREENVILLE, S.C.-In a bid to improve their positions in their respective markets, Consolidated Tires Inc. and Tire Centers L.L.C. (TCI) acquired one commercial service center each from the other in South Carolina.
In the deal, which was effective Dec. 5, Consolidated acquired TCI's Columbia operation, and TCI acquired Consolidated's North Charleston operation.
``This is a very positive move for Consolidated Tires,'' the company said in a statement. ``...Our company is now in a much better position than ever before from a customer service perspective.''
Brad Snyder, vice president of commercial operations for TCI, said the company already has a commercial outlet in Charleston, but this deal will expand TCI's reach further in the market.
``(This is) a good business move for both of us,'' according to Mr. Snyder.
Retread JV opens Ontario plant
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario-West End Tread System, a joint venture of two Canadian retreaders, recently hosted a grand opening of its retread plant in Mississauga.
West End will use the Marangoni Ringtread system exclusively.
The company is a joint venture of Ring Tread System Inc. (RTS) in Montreal and West End Tire (1990) Ltd. in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Both of those retreaders use the Marangoni process.
The 25,000-sq.-ft. Mississauga plant-the first for the joint venture-should produce about 6,000 units from its opening to the end of 2004.
The plant is designed to produce up to 40,000 units annually within five years, according to Herb Boreham, general manager.
The Mississauga plant opened July 25 and held the grand opening Nov. 4.