Have you ever had a customer ask you to install 21 tires to explore outer space?
A Southern Tire Mart (STM) location in Flagstaff, Ariz., got that very call recently, and the staff there was happy to help.
In May, an STM technician spent around four hours installing 21 tires at the Lowell Observatory, a nonprofit research institution, as part of restoration of the iconic Clark Telescope at Lowell Observatory outside of Flagstaff. The tires are used to rotate the observatory dome for the 125-year-old telescope.
The STM technician installed new Firestone Coker Classic 6.00-16 tires and tubes provided by patrons of the observatory.
"We were honored to work with Lowell Observatory on this very special project. They are such an important part of this community and contribute so much to education and science," STM Flagstaff manager Christian Martinez said.
"Flagstaff is lucky to be home to the observatory that is credited with the discovery of Pluto, and we're so proud to be their tire guys."
File this under the "cool uses for tires" category; or the "humor me while I talk about space and history" file.