LAREDO, Texas — Love's Travel Stops Inc. has opened a retread plant and tire distribution facility in Laredo, its fifth retread plant nationwide, providing greater coverage to an important market area.
Steve Phillips, director of tire sales and plant operations, cited "strong demand for our retread product, new tires and related services" for the need to open additional production and distribution facilities.
The opening of this fifth retread plant comes just a few weeks after Tennessee government officials disclosed Oklahoma City-based Love's Travel Stops had selected Milan, Tenn., as the site for an additional retread plant and distribution facility.
Love's did not disclose size or capacity details for the Laredo facility, its second retread plant in Texas, but did describe the Oliver Rubber process it uses as encompassing the "most comprehensive casing-inspection regimen in the industry in conjunction with the latest technology and a rigorous manufacturing process to ensure a reliable and consistent product."
Love's retreading business — Love's Truck Solutions L.L.C. — "is complemented by an innovative and transparent casing repair program, premium casings consistent with the fleet's specifications and a customized reconditioning/mounted wheel program" designed to meet the needs of fleet customers, the company said.
Love's offers a warranty on its retreads that it describes as the "most extensive warranty available in the industry." It's redeemable at any Love's Truck Tire Care or Speedco location across the country.
Love's — which operates more than 490 truck stops in 41 states — opened four Oliver Rubber-system retread plants in 2016 to support its drive to expand tire sales and service to its customers nationwide.
The company's other retread plants are in Kingman, Ariz.; Plainfield, Ill.; Forest Park, Ga.; and Grand Prairie, Texas. Each is rated at 400 tires a day, the company said in 2017.