Pomp's Tire Service Inc. acquired Cross-Midwest Tire Co., a Kansas City, Kan.-based dealership with a dozen commercial locations throughout Illinois, Kansas and Missouri. The stores will continue to operate under the Cross-Midwest name.
In addition, Bridgestone Retail Operations acquired Fletcher's Tire & Auto Service and converted 31 of the dealership's 35 Phoenix-area outlets to Firestone Complete Auto Care centers and closed four outlets.
Bridgestone Americas also was active on the divestment end, selling its Speedco Inc. commercial tire and service lube business to Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc., which is keeping the Speedco name on the 52 locations acquired.
Michelin North America divested or closed 48 TCi Tire Centers commercial locations in 2017 and refocused the unit's efforts on expanding its wholesale distribution footprint.
Michelin divested 27 TCi locations in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia in July to Snider Fleet Solutions; 16 locations in Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Texas in September to T&W Tire; four locations in Ohio in December to Shrader Tire & Oil; and the assets of one shop in Michigan to Meekhof Tire.
The remaining 10 TCi centers in Arizona, California and Colorado are now operating under the auspices of the Michelin Americas Truck Tires business.
On the wholesalers' side of the ledger, American Tire Distributors Inc., Icahn Enterprises Ltd., K&M Tire Inc., Sullivan Tire and Auto Service and TBC Corp. all expanded by acquisition.
ATD acquired Pneus Superieurs Inc. of Quebec, expanding its network of warehouses operating under its National Tire Distributors (NTD) unit to 24. The deal involves three distribution centers — in Boucherville, Quebec City and Sherbrooke, Quebec — which complement NTD's existing distribution centers in Quebec, in St. Laurent and Quebec City.
Icahn's Pep Boys business initiated wholesale distribution in the Memphis, Tenn., area through its acquisition of Mathis Tire & Auto Service/Direct Tire Distributors, which included a 6,000-unit warehouse.
K&M Tire Inc. acquired MotoStar Tire & Auto Products Inc. of Merrimack, N.H., and the wholesale business of Great Bend, Kan.-based Becker Tire & Treading Inc., expanding K&M's reach to 26 warehouses covering 27 states, including New England for the first time.
Sullivan Tire acquired Tom Lyons Tire & Auto Service in Waltham, Mass., including the dealership's 15,000-sq.-ft. wholesale warehouse and distribution facility.
TBC's Carroll Tire Co. wholesale business acquired Sandone Tire Co.'s wholesale division in Dunmore, Pa., as part of the business' expansion to 58 locations nationwide.