GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Boss Truck Shops Inc. has forged an alliance with Continental Tire the Americas, agreeing to sell Conti-brand truck tires at its 47 Bosselman Boss Shops locations and to participate in Conti's TrukFix roadside-assistance network.
Grand Island-based Boss Truck Stops offers tires, quick lube oil changes, preventive maintenance, brake, electrical, drive train, air conditioning and other repairs, as well as roadside service, at its locations in 23 states.
The service centers, many of which are co-located at Pilot/Flying J Travel Centers, are offering primarily long-haul and fuel-efficient tires from Continental. The Boss Shops service large nationwide fleets as well as regional and local fleets.
"Partnering with long-standing industry players such Boss Truck Shops, who have more than 70 years of service to the trucking industry, makes perfect sense," Tom Fanning, head of U.S. market for Continental's truck tire business, said, noting that Conti is marking its 150th year in business in 2021.
Continental's TrukFix roadside assistance network provides 24/7 service through 1,400-plus commercial dealers in the U.S. and Canada who stock Continental brand truck tires and retreads, and General Tire brand truck tires.
Continental-brand tire lines available at Boss Truck Shops include: Conti EcoPlus HS3+ steer tire (LRG and H), HDL2 drive tire, and Conti EcoPlus HT3 trailer tire in size 295/75 R 22.5 size; HDL2 Eco Plus super single drive and HTL1 trailer tires, in size 445/50 R 22.5; and specialty items such as Conti EcoPlus HT3 in size 255/70 R 22.5 or HTL2 Eco Plus trailer tires in size 245/70 R 17.5.
Besides Continental, Boss Shops carries eight other tire brands — Bridgestone, BFGoodrich, Firestone, Goodyear, Ironman, Kelly, Michelin and Yokohama — as well as retreads from the Bridgestone Bandag, Goodyear and Michelin networks.
It's also affiliated with the Michelin Commercial Service Network.
Boss Shops' origin story starts in 1948 when Fred Bosselman, a farmer and part-time truck driver, his wife Maxine, Fred's brother Charles, brother-in-law Al Eaton his wife Charlotte, opened Bosselman & Eaton Truck Stop on U.S. Highway 30 in Grand Island.