NILES, Ill. (May 25, 2005) — Automotive undercar parts and tires wholesaler U.S. Tire & Exhaust has added a regional distribution center, its eighth, in Niles to serve the North Chicago region.
The distributor, a division of U.S. Oil Co. Inc., also has regional automotive warehouses in Fox Valley and Milwaukee, Wis.; Minneapolis; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Glendale Heights and Alsip/Chicago, Ill.; and St. Louis. The company is based in Combined Locks, Wis.
With increasing market penetration in the North Chicago area a chief goal of the new distribution center, the company wants “to position our organization closer to our customers, now and in the future,,” said Randy Groh, director of marketing for U.S. Tire & Exhaust.
U.S. Tire & Exhaust has been a tire and parts distributor since 1958. The new facility will, according to Pat Hietpas, vice president of operations, expand the company's distribution into Northern Illinois and also provide fast, efficient delivery service to area automotive service dealers.
The new warehouse, due to officially open June 1, will be run by Kevin Dahl, regional operations manager, and Bob Loftus, on-site manager.