Tire Discounters Helped Secure Essential Status for Ohio Tire Dealers | 2020-09-14


The question was top of mind during the early days of COVID-19: would tire dealerships be classified as essential businesses or not? 

While some waited for an answer, Tire Discounters saw an opportunity to educate government officials in its home state of Ohio, including Governor Mike DeWine, who would impose strict stay-at-home orders on March 23.

Working with the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants and the Ohio Tire & Automotive Association, Tire Discounters President and CEO Jamie Ward helped mount a campaign to convince DeWine that tire dealerships and auto service facilities were critical to keeping frontline workers mobile during the pandemic.  “My daughter is a nurse,” says Ward. “And it hit home pretty clearly that she needed to get to work.”

Ward and other association members “immediately began talking about how to ensure that our businesses were categorized as essential. We were really concerned that the tire and auto

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Many Ontario residents lack specific knowledge on tire recycling

OAKVILLE, Ontario — Just under a third of Ontario residents understand their tires are recycled, according to a new survey.

The survey, conducted by eTracks Tire Management Systems, shows that just 37% of those asked understood tire recycling and 49% were not sure if tires were recycled or thrown away.

A total of 14% of Ontarians mistakenly believe tires are not recycled, and just 32% understand they are recycled.

“Regardless of some of these knowledge gaps and myths, it’s encouraging to know Ontarians want to help the environment,” CEO Steve Meldrum of eTracks Tire Management Systems said in a statement.

“And while the survey shows that knowledge of the tire recycling industry is mixed, there’s an opportunity to use these results as a tool to change perceptions and help eliminate misinformation.”

More than half of those surveyed, 55%, do not realize there is a tire recycling fee of approximately $4

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McCarthy Tire Service To Close Kingston Store | 2020-09-15

McCarthy Tire Service Co. Inc. plans to close its second-oldest location. The company will move its retail operations in Kingston, Pa., to its existing retail location in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

The company has it has weathered many serious challenges in the 94 years since it was founded, “and 2020 ranks as one of the most difficult.” In a press release the company says “the McCarthy family has been committed to maintaining a strong, robust company that can fulfill its responsibilities to its associates and their families, provide top-notch service to its customers, and support the communities where it operates.

“The recent economic environment has been unprecedented. The McCarthy family has constantly monitored every one of its more than 60 locations, moving resources and making adjustments as necessary. In common with many local businesses, the smaller stores have struggled the most with diminished revenues and labor shortages. The Kingston store was particularly

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Jack Williams Tire adds second downtown Scranton location

All team members from former McCarthy Tire shop retained; Williams looking to hire 10 to 15 more

Jack Williams Tire Company has expanded its footprint to include a second location in downtown Scranton.

The new Jack WilliamsTire & Auto Service Center is located at 119 Linden St., Scranton, a former McCarthy Tire retail service location, the company announced last week.

It marks the 37th retail location for Jack Williams, a family-owned and operated company that has has grown from a single store Jack Williams Sr. established in Kingston in 1929.

“We are pleased to expand our coverage in the Scranton area and continue serving the customers of the former McCarthy Tire retail location,” Jack Williams Chairman Bill Williams said. “It was our honor to complete thistransaction with McCarthy Tire as both of our companies and families are committed to serving our customers, communities and associates.”

All existing team members from

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MTD Tire Dealer of the Year Profile: Chip Wood | 2020-09-14


Name: Chip Wood

Age: 65

Education: High school: Mariemont (Ohio); College: BSBA (University of Cincinnati)

Family: Carla, wife; Steven, Anna and Evan, children; Chris, brother; Janet, sister (Steven, Anna, Evan, Chris and Janet all work at Tire Discounters)

When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was younger, before Tire Discounters was planned. I wanted to open either a pizza shop or a tire shop.

Who had the most profound influence on you when you were young? My father. He told me all during my childhood, from the earliest age I could remember, that I was going to work for myself in a business that I started and operated. I never considered anything else.

When did you first say, “I want to be a tire dealer?” At 15 years old. My Uncle Chuck owned a tire store in Akron, Ohio. 

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It’s Your Business 2020: T.J. Schmidt, The Tire Guy, 2020 Winner of Best Auto Mechanic in Idaho County |

COTTONWOOD – With an abundance of cars, trucks, and personal vehicles, the people of Idaho County have decided that the best place to turn to with a problem is T.J. Schmidt of The Tire Guy, winner of the Best Auto Mechanic title in the 2020 Best of Idaho County competition. 

“I take a lot of pride in what I do,” said Schmidt, “I do my best in every job.”

With more than 20 years of experience in the field and many years of work in the Camas Prairie and the Palouse, Schmidt is happy to work in Idaho County.

“I was born and raised on the prairie,” he said. For seven years Schmidt worked on transmissions in Moscow, and for the last three years he has been employed with The Tire Guy. Schmidt sees Idaho County as the place to be, “I enjoy the friendly people and the farming community,”

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Best-One Indy Bridgestone tire shop manager heading to prison for nearly four years

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — An Indiana tire shop manager who claimed to have a handicap to avoid prison actually was trying to improve his handicap before heading behind bars.

And, now, fore actually means nearly four years in prison.

Joshua W. Eaden faces 46 months behind bars thanks to schemes he cooked up to defraud both a local business as well as tire maker Bridgestone Americas Inc.

The 38-year-old Oakland City, Ind., man was a manager at Best-One Tire & Service in Princeton, Ind., when he defrauded Gibson County Coal over a period of 30 months in 2013-16 through false invoices for foam tire-fill services that never happened, according to U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler for the Southern District of Indiana.

Gibson County Coal paid more than $189,000 in that scheme, the government said, and Mr. Eaden received higher bonus payments thanks to a higher net profit percentage at Best-One Tire

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Tire makers make safety top educational focus this week

WASHINGTON—Tire safety is of year-round importance. But the tire industry is especially highlighting that fact this week.

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association is promoting National Tire Safety Week through Sept. 6 to help educate motorists about tire care, safety and maintenance.

Using a theme of “Know Your Roll,” the week originally was slated to take place just before Memorial Day, but the COVID-19 pandemic pushed that back until later in the year.

USTMA decided to move forward with National Tire Safety Week at this point as more and more people are returning to the roads.

“As we continue to navigate a new world impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, tire manufacturers continue to create the smartest and most sustainable technologies that put the safest tires on the road,” CEO Anne Forristall Luke at USTMA said in a statement. “National Tire Safety week is an initiative that educates drivers about the critical

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Pandemic wreaks havoc with tire industry financials

For the six months ended June 30:

Michelin‘s operating income dropped 78% to $344.4 million or 3.3% of sales, on 20.6% lower sales of $10.4 billion, due mainly to a 22.4% decrease in volumes caused by “worldwide collapse in tire demand.” The net result was a loss of $160.7 million versus earnings of $990 million in 2019.

Sales volumes fell, it said, “due to the health crisis, a deep fixed cost shortfall and a loss of industrial productivity,” which were partly offset by government-backed furlough grants.

Other factors negatively impacting operating income included a $90 million decrease from COVID-19-related expenditure, including the cost of purchasing

In addition, the tire and rubber company said it saved $225 million through a reduction in SG&A expense as part of its cost-cutting measures during the pandemic.

Bridgestone posted a 68.3% drop in operating income and a net loss for the six months on

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UPDATE: Chesterfield man killed on I-95 after his pickup truck was disabled by stray tire | Richmond Local News

95 crash

Traffic is backed up on Interstate 95 south in Chesterfield on Monday morning.

A Chesterfield County man was killed early Monday when he stopped his vehicle in a southbound lane of Interstate 95 after it was struck by a stray tire that flew across the roadway, state police said.

The crash unfolded at 5:18 a.m. after a passenger vehicle lost a tire as it was traveling north on I-95 at the 61 mile marker near West Hundred Road. The tire crossed over into the southbound lanes and struck Silverio Santos-Cesario’s Toyota Tacoma, damaging the vehicle and causing him to stop in the left southbound lane, police said.

Santos-Cesario got out of his disabled pickup truck and was standing along the shoulder

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