COLUMBIA, Miss. — Southern Tire Mart, the largest independent commercial tire dealership in North America, has struck a deal with Pilot Co. to take over the management of 35 Pilot Flying J Truck Care maintenance facilities and open as many as 100 more such facilities in the next 18 months across the nation.
The companies' strategic alliance, dubbed Southern Tire Mart at Pilot Flying J, "will leverage the strengths and conveniences of Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers, as well as the tire and maintenance expertise of Southern Tire Mart," the new partners said.
"With the growing demand for fleet customers to find greater efficient means to maximize their up-time and maximize driver productivity, the need to create and build a consistent nationwide network is clear," John Boynton, president of Southern Tire Mart at Pilot Flying J, said.
"Our goal is to help fleet operators maximize the return on their investment, while creating an exceptional driver experience."
Mr. Boynton is a former Bridgestone Americas and Tredroc Tire Service executive who joined Southern Tire Mart in 2018.