PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Chinese tire manufacturer Linglong Tire Group is launching a wholly owned subsidiary, Linglong N.A. Sales based in Palm Beach Gardens, and has hired former TBC Corp. executive Geoff Doster to be its president.
Considered the No. 13 tire maker worldwide based on fiscal 2021 sales of $2.9 billion, Linglong Tire said it is committed to serving North American customers, building stronger channels of sale and expanding the reach of its product portfolio.
After months of market investigation and strategic planning, Linglong Tire said it decided to establish the new company, Linglong N.A. Sales, to expand its existing footprint in North America.
"The new subsidiary will harness the expertise and talent of a cohort of accomplished industry professionals, dedicated to propelling Linglong Tire to new heights in the foreseeable future," the company said in a statement.
Zhaoyuan City, China-headquartered Linglong has maintained a U.S. liaison company, Linglong Americas Inc. in Medina, Ohio, which will continue operating for R&D and administrative functions, the company said. The focus of the Palm Beach Gardens office will be on North American sales.