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CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif.—Coker Group, parent company of Coker Tire Co., will move its West Coast distribution and wheel manufacturing capabilities to a 100,000-sq.-ft. facility in City of Industry, tentatively scheduled to begin operating Jan. 1.

The new distribution center, which is in the process of being renovated, will replace the tire and wheel distributor's 15,000-sq.-ft. Fresno, Calif., facility, providing substantially more storage space and the logistical advantages that come with being located in Los Angeles County, company President Corky Coker told Tire Business.

“Fresno is a great place,” he said. “I went there because property was more reasonable, but I'm halfway between the (San Francisco) Bay and LA. It's not ideal.”

Coker Tire sold the Fresno building a year ago to Mike and Sherrie Stallings, from whom Coker purchased the assets of custom wheel manufacturer Wheel Vintiques Inc. in late 2011. Mr. Coker didn't specify how the Stallings plan to use the facility.

Coker Tire's new facility will house a complete steel and wire wheel manufacturing plant, allowing the company to easily assemble tire and wheel packages for customers in the area.

“Essentially in California, we'll...make the wheels, finish them, put tires on them, put nitrogen in them, balance them (and) a tire and wheel assembly is out the other end,” he said.

Mr. Coker said drag racers on the West Coast will benefit from the move “because all our Phoenix drag line and M&H drag line tires will be there in large quantity, whereas we've not had space in our other distribution facility before.”

In addition, Mr. Coker said the new facility will include a showroom featuring collectible cars and motorcycles, and the company will hold visitor tours of the showroom and wheel production facility.



To reach this reporter: wschertz@crain.com; 330-865-6148.
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