Ramona Tire donates $32,000
HEMET, Calif.-Ramona Tire & Service Centers and its customers have donated more than $32,000 to the American Red Cross to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The Hemet-based dealership collected donations over a four-week period from customers at its 14 retail stores throughout Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties and pledged to match their donations dollar for dollar up to $10,000.
In the end, Ramona Tire's customers contributed $22,343.64 and Ramona Tire kicked in its $10,000.
Ramona Tire, a Bridgestone/Firestone Associated Dealer, is a founding member of the Independent Tire Dealers Group. It is headed by Donald Digby, CEO, and Chris Wyborny, vice president.
TCI debuts online information center
DUNCAN, S.C.-TCI Tire Centers, a wholly owned subsidiary of Michelin North America Inc., is offering a new Web-based Customer Information Center (CIC) as part of its C3 Program for commercial tire customers launched in mid-April.
The CIC is a tool specifically for customers, providing them with important tracking and managerial information to use the tires and retreads delivered by TCI. Accessed through a link on the TCI Web site, www.tirecenters.com, each customer logs in with a secure password and assigned customer account number issued by a TCI outlet, the company said.
Other features available on CIC are a complete set of activity reports covering all casings submitted by the customer to TCI for retreading; summaries of month-to-date and year-to-date purchases; multiple accounts at various TCI centers or TCI retread plants; and online statements summarizing the customer's transactions for each month and/or year.
Discount Tire offers online perks
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.-Discount Tire Co. has begun offering online appointment scheduling for consumers at its 600-plus stores in 18 states.
Customers also will be able to purchase tires and wheels online, Scottsdale-based Discount Tire said. Appointments can be made as many as 10 days in advance on in-stock products, and a company representative will call for out-of-stock products.
The Web site offers searches for tire choices to fit specific vehicles, and it provides a selection of ``good, better, best.'' Orders are placed immediately at the selected store.
Tire Group Intl. gives to Red Cross
MIAMI-Tire distributor and wholesaler Tire Group International has donated $6,000 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts.
``We feel terrible,'' said Tony Gonzalez, owner of the Miami-based company. ``It's the least we can do as Americans to try and help our own people.''
ACTN donates $20,000 to relief
GREENSBORO, N.C.-Members of the American Commercial Tire Network (ACTN) have pledged $20,000 to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
Of the funds, $10,000 will be donated to the American Red Cross and $10,000 will go to the Salvation Army.
Members of ACTN are: Belle Tire Distributors; Bob Sumerel Tire Co.; Boulevard Tire; Commercial Tire Inc.; Cross-Midwest Tire; Custom Bandag; McCarthy Tire; McGriff Tire; Parkhouse Tire Inc.; Pete's Tire Barns; Pomp's Tire Service; Raben Tire Co. Inc.; Redburn Tire; Snider Tire Inc.; Southern Tire Mart; Valley Tire; and White Tire.
Kumho, dealer host fundraisers
ALLIANCE, Ohio-Kumho Tire USA Inc. and Terry's Tire Town raised $5,444 during August for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Northeast Ohio.
The funds were raised through a series of consumer ride-and-drive events hosted by Kumho and Terry's Tire in August. Mark Lindsey, a sales leader at Terry's, organized the events. Mr. Lindsey, whose 12-year-old sister is in remission after twice battling lymphoma, has raised nearly $44,000 so far and hopes to eventually raise $500,000.
``Kumho let us use their Mini Coopers and helped organize the ride-and-drive events, and they also gave me a check for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,'' Mr. Lindsey said in a statement. ``Terry's matched the money we raised at the consumer ride-and-drives and pledged money for my bike rides and other events. The support that my family and I have received in our fundraising efforts really means a lot to us.''
Big O donates to hurricane relief
PULLMAN, Wash.-Big O Tires Inc. donated $10,000 to the Harris/Williams Foundation's Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund during a Sept. 17 football game between Grambling State University and Washington State University.
Additionally, Big O has donated $65,000 to the American Red Cross to help fund Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. The donation was funded by the company's 560-plus franchisees, Big O and its parent company, TBC Corp.
Greg Kimberlin, a Big O franchisee from LaGrange, Ky., and chairman of the company's franchise advisory council, presented the $65,000 check to Red Cross officials on behalf of the franchisees and company.
``All of us who work in the Big O Tires system were deeply moved by the difficult circumstances our citizens experienced from the effects of Hurricane Katrina,'' Mr. Kimberlin said,
At the football game, Grambling State from Grambling, La., made its first visit to the Pacific Northwest for the start of a series of non-conference football games and performance marching band events.
TBC executive Tim Miller, a native of Manson, Wash., and a graduate of Washington State, presented a $10,000 check on behalf of the 12 Big O Tires stores in the state of Washington. Mr. Miller is vice president and treasurer of TBC.
S&S Tire raises money for charity
LEXINGTON, Ky.-S&S Tire is raising money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease.
In September, S&S Tire customers were offered a ``foot'' decal bearing the ALS logo for a $1 donation. The decals were on display at S&S Tire's 12 outlets in Kentucky. The dealership said it would match all money up to $1,200 and donated to the ``Walk to D'Feet'' ALS event, which was held Oct. 2.
The walk is part of a national effort in support of local patient services and outreach to the estimated 300 Kentucky residents living with ALS. Representatives from the dealership participated in the walk in honor of employee Bill Smith and his wife Mary Lou, who was recently diagnosed with ALS.