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K&M Tire Dealer Council in Chicago
During the middle of July, K&M Tire had the pleasure of being joined by many of our Dealer Council members in Chicago, IL. The Dealer Council members are selected by K&M Tire from across the country to provide feedback and share their experiences with K&M management. During the two-day event, dealers met with K&M and enjoyed a tour of the Bridgestone Distribution Center in Woodridge, IL.
Meeting with the Dealer Council helps K&M stay in touch with our customers and ensures that we understand their needs and wants. K&M Tire wants to work with our customers to help them succeed in their business. The Dealer Council is one tool used by K&M as we work towards continuous improvement.
As we strive to keep the customer the most important person in our business, the K&M Tire's Dealer Council will continue to play a fundamental role in keeping us in touch with our customers.
Dealer council members include Brent Colgrove, Farmers Cooperative, Plymouth, NE; Brian Delcambre, Teche Farm Supplies, Jeanerette, LA; Dennis McBride, Farmers Coop, Ainsworth, NE; Jim Heyen, CPI, Trumbull, NE; Loren Brantsen, Coop Gas & Oil, Sioux Center, IA; Paul Schlichting, Farmers Union Oil, Garrison, ND; Randy Schell, Farmers Union Oil, Devils Lake, ND; Terry Zvolanek, Midway Coop, Osborne, KS; Bobby Little, Rice Farmers Coop, El Campo, TX; Jeff Schledewitz, Panhandle Coop, Sottsbluff, NE; Ed Kiekover, OK Tire, Zeeland, MI; Dave Pfoff, Allen Tire, Bellefontaine, OH; Doug Eichten, Schierl Tire, Marshfield, WI; Kelly Praus, Dvorak Motors, Bismarck, ND; and John Johnson, Checkpoint Tire, Wheeling, IL.
Posted on July 30, 2015
K&M Tire Acquires Kelle Oil's Wholesale Tire Division
DELPHOS, Ohio (July 10, 2015) – Delphos, OH-based K&M Tire has purchased the assets of Kelle Oil Company’s Wholesale Tire Division located Braman, OK.
The purchase, effective July 10th includes tire inventory and a customer list of their wholesale tire customers. Kelle Oil distributed approximately 10 different brands of tires in the farm, commercial, and passenger and light truck tire categories. Kelle Oil will continue to operate under the Kelle Oil name and focus solely on their retail/commercial tire store and oil distribution.
“We are very excited about this opportunity with Kelle Oil to expand and add to our customer base in Kansas and Oklahoma.” said Cheryl Gossard, K&M Tire Vice President. “Customer service is our number one priority. We will focus on making sure we have the inventory in stock that they need, along with providing them with dependable deliveries.”
K&M plans to service its new customers from the company’s existing warehouses in the Oklahoma City and Wichita areas.
Founded in 1970, K&M Tire operates 18 distribution centers in 11 states throughout the Great Lakes, Midwest, Great Plains, and South Central regions, servicing customers in more than 20 states. The company distributes approximately 20 brands of passenger and light truck tires, 12 brands of truck tires, and 10 brands of farm tires. K&M Tire will continue to look for growth opportunities throughout the Midwest and Southwest regions of the United States.
Posted on July 13, 2015
K&M Tire Opens Cleveland Area Warehouse
In efforts to continually improve our fast, friendly service, Delphos, OH-based K&M Tire opened their 18th distribution center in May. The Cleveland area facility allows K&M Tire to increase their deliveries into Northeastern Ohio to service customers as far east as New Castle, PA and as far south as Coshocton, OH.
A little over a year after entering the Northeastern Ohio market, Daniel Stokes, Cleveland Warehouse Manager, was excited to officially open the 37,000-square-foot building. After two months of operations, there are four daily routes leaving from the facility and a total of five fulltime employees. Daniel is looking forward to growing those numbers.
Prior to the opening of the warehouse at 30700 Carter Street, Solon, OH; Daniel coordinated the daily delivery of tires from our Delphos and Toledo warehouses to customers in Northeastern Ohio without the luxury of a brick and mortar building. He also helped to oversee the installation of racks and organization of the tire inventory as the distribution center was prepared to open for business.
“The addition of this building will allow us to make sure our customers in Northeastern Ohio receive the top notch service we feel they deserve and should expect from K&M Tire,” said Cheryl Gossard, Vice President of K&M Tire.
In the quest “To be the leading and most trusted provider of tires and services in all of our geographic markets”, K&M Tire will continue to look for growth opportunities both outside and within its existing geographic footprint.
Founded in 1970, K&M Tire operates over 1.5 million square feet of warehouse space at 18 distribution centers in 11 states throughout the Great Lakes, Midwest, Great Plains, and South Central regions, servicing customers in more than 20 states. The company distributes approximately 20 brands of passenger and light truck tires, 12 brands of truck tires, and 10 brands of farm tires.
Posted on July 03, 2015
Council OKs tax incentive for K&M Tire warehouse
Company President Ken Langhals addressed council prior to the vote and outlined the project.
“The new building will be going up on the south side of the existing building,” Langhals said. “I am asking for the tax abatement so I can put that warehouse up here. There are a lot of other states I have warehouses in that would be more advantageous as far as doing business but I live here and would prefer to keep it here.”
Posted on April 24, 2015
2015 K & M Tire Dealer Conference Held In Dallas, Texas
In January, K&M Tire held their annual trade show at the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas, Texas. There were 226 customer locations from 15 states that attended to visit the 38 booths provided by vendor representatives that were in attendance.
On Friday of the trade show, the customers attended the general session to hear an update on K&M Tire. This year the general session offered “Teamwork, Trust & A Legend” by guest speakers Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys football player, and Brad Sham, voice of the Cowboys. Emmitt spoke about his life experiences on and off the field, his beliefs in working hard and doing whatever it takes to bring value to his partners and teammates.
Also during the trade show, Carlisle Tire had a special guest appearance by Scott Dean, Pro Staff Angler and Professional Fisherman. He was available throughout the event to interact with customers and for pictures and autographs.
At the end of the evening, K&M Tire and some of the vendors partnered up to present some amazing prizes to our customers. Discount Tire & Service in St. Charles, Illinois won a 2015 Ford Explorer awarded by Hankook.
Tiremaxx in Toledo, Ohio won a 2015 Jeep Rubicon awarded by Cooper Tire and a VIP Package to the Bridgestone Invitational awarded by Bridgestone. Best-One Tire in Lima, Ohio won a VIP Package to the Indy 500 also awarded by Bridgestone.
In addition to these prizes, a total of $13,000 in Cabela’s gift cards were awarded by Yokohama to various customers: $10,000 went to Berry Tire in Chicago, Illinois; $2500 to Garvers Marathon in Killbuck, Ohio; and $500 to Panhandle Co-op in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
This year’s trade show was a huge success and the largest that K&M has had to date. The feedback we received from the vendors, and customers has been great. They were impressed with K&M’s organization, values and culture. Everyone that was involved in the planning and e
Posted on February 27, 2015
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