DALLAS (Feb. 17, 2010) — Tire Centers L.L.C.'s (TCI) West Commerce Street warehouse in Dallas unexpectedly gained a skylight Feb. 12 when the weight of several inches of snow caused a portion of its roof to cave in.
Mike Bailey, assistant manager at the location, estimated the warehouse—which is about 30 years old—lost a 16,000-sq.-ft. section of roof, following the largest 24-hour snow fall in the history of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. More than a foot of snow fell between Feb. 11 and 12.
Along with the section of roof, the TCI warehouse lost about 7,000 tires.
Some of the units sustained no damage at all, he said, “but they're in an area we're not going into. We're gonna let the insurance company and the manufacturers fight that out because I'm not qualified to deem if that tire had anything hit it or fall on top of it, did it structurally hurt the tire or not.”
Luckily, Mr. Bailey said, when the warehouse expanded a few years ago TCI was able to take over an existing structure next door, “so we're actually occupying two warehouses that are approximately 20,00 square feet side-by-side.”
“I'm actually right now running off of a generator and I've got some extension cords scattered from one side of the building to the next to get my phone system and my computers operational,” he told Tire Business. “All of our network capability and phone system was on the side that took the damage.”
Mr. Bailey said the facility is currently operating at about 70 percent efficiency.
“We're actually delivering tires; we're up and running,” he said. “We've got a move schedule tomorrow and we'll be out of this building by Saturday and hopefully be up and running at about 85 percent by Monday.”
Michelin North America Inc., the parent company of TCI, sent its Michelin Disaster Response Unit to assist the warehouse while its roof is repaired. The unit's 53-foot trailer—launched in 2006 to assist in areas hit by natural disasters—is a fully equipped “tire center on wheels” with six air stations for mounting, dismounting, repairing and balancing tires, Michelin said. It also features an office area with satellite communications equipment.
Mr. Bailey said the warehouse will begin running its operations from the truck on Monday, Feb. 22 while the building is repaired.
To reach Reporter William Schertz: [email protected]; 330-865-6148.