Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels has moved to a new facility in Stow, Ohio, that nearly triples the firm's warehousing capacity to accommodate what an executive called ``tremendous'' sales growth.
The leased 110,000-sq.-ft. distribution center and office complex is more than twice the size of the firm's previous facility, according to Kurt Thomas, director of operations, but also is higher, allowing the firm to stack higher than in the previous facility.
``Due to tremendous sales growth,'' Mr. Thomas said, ``Mickey Thompson simply had outgrown the previous location,'' also located in Stow.
Earlier this year the subsidiary of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. doubled the size of its West Coast distribution center, in Corona, Calif., to 53,000 square feet.
The company declined to specify its sales or growth, but Mr. Thomas said the firm is growing faster in the light truck/sport-utility vehicle segments, both in tires and wheels.
The warehouse expansions coincide with a number of new and expanded product lines: the DOT-legal ET Street Radial for racers who choose to drive their vehicles to the drag strip; the Baja ATZ and MTZ radials for all-terrain and mud-terrain use; the Sportsman S/R street-legal radial for hot rods and street rods; and the lightweight forged aluminum ET Drag Wheel and Dick CepekDC-1 polished aluminum wheel.
Mickey Thompson designs, develops and markets racing and high performance tires for drag racing cars and motorcycles, modified street cars, off-road racing vehicles and modified pick-up trucks and SUVs. It markets both the Mickey Thompson and Dick Cepek lines of tires and wheels.