MONETT, Mo. (Aug. 21, 2006) — Independent Tire Dealers Group L.L.C. (ITDG) and Friend Tire Co. have formed a combined marketing group with national clout.
The combined group initially will be known as the ITDG/NTD and have 400 dealer members representing more than 800 locations, according to Michael Cox, ITDG President and CEO.
Tequesta, Fla.-based ITDG will handle the administrative role of the combined groups as it pertains to purchases, membership notifications and vendor communications, he added.
Monett-based Friend Tire is the distributor for the Nationwide Tire Dealers group, which has 300 affiliate members located in 22 states in the South, Midwest and Mountain states. ITDG is comprised of 103 members including 56 shareholders in 11 western states. Combined, the group has a national presence that covers virtually all of the U.S. except for the New England states, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Montana and Alaska.
“The Independent Tire Dealers Group program is a perfect fit with our own Nationwide Tire Dealers program,” said Don Isbell, Friend Tire president. “Combined, the two offer the independent tire dealer everything they need to operate a successful business. We will begin immediately to explore the opportunities presented by this new configuration.”
The ITDG/NTD alliance will continue all programs each group had offered members separately, Mr. Cox said.