NORMAN, Okla. (March 11, 2015) — Michael Allen Hickman, founder and part-owner of OTR tire retreader H&H Industries Inc., died March 6 at age 71 in Norman after an extended illness.
Mr. Hickman also was a former president of H&H, according to his son, Noah M. Hickman, president and part-owner of the Oak Hill, Ohio-based retreader.
Noah Hickman said that many years ago his father “was convinced by a friend and former U.S. military paratrooper that the tire business was his calling.
“Following his service in the military, Mike started a small retail and retread tire business in Ashland, Ky. As the business expanded and his clientele grew, Mike opened himself up for bigger challenges and expanded over to the OTR tire industry.
“In doing so, he found himself traveling up to Oak Hill many times throughout the week to visit a small OTR retreading service.”