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March 11 Tire Business NewsPoint

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Hello, I'm Kathy McCarron. Welcome to Tire Business NewsPoint, your video source for exclusive tire industry news.

I recently visited the Northwest Tire Factory annual dealer meeting in Portland, Ore. The marketing/buying group consists of 180 independent tire dealership members in 14 western states.

I spoke with two members, Eric Gill and Brad Olson, about the challenges their dealerships are facing in the current economy and how they compete with larger competitors. I also interviewed Tire Factory CEO John Kreidel about how his network is helping its members compete and the goals for the group this year.

You can learn more about Tire Factory's plans for the year in the March 4 print and digital edition of Tire Business. I'm Kathy McCarron, thanks for joining us. Be sure to see our next exclusive report on March 18.