AKRON (Nov. 8, 2016) — Two major players have joined the ranks of an otherwise staid North American wholesale market this past year.
Singapore's Omni United Pte. Ltd. has evolved into a significant player with national coverage, acquiring two wholesale operations, while Monro Muffler Brake Inc. entered the wholesaling business through the purchase of a tire dealership.
Omni United, an international trading company represented in the the U.S. by Omni United (USA) Inc. of Traverse City, Mich., has grown in the past dozen months from a niche player with a handful of proprietary import brands to a full-fledged wholesaler with 29 warehouses spread across the country, principally through two acquisitions: Interstate Tire Distributor in October 2015 and A to Z Tire & Battery Inc. in June.
- This article appears in the Nov. 7 print edition of Tire Business.
Compton, Calif.-based Interstate Tire brought six locations in four Western states, while Amarillo, Texas-based A to Z Tire contributed 21 distribution centers in six states — Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico and Texas.