• Michigan-based tire dealership celebrates 50 years as Goodyear customer

• Jerry’s Tire offers Goodyear truck tires, retreaded tires and more

• Services fleets via five locations throughout Michigan

AKRON, Ohio, Nov. 08, 2012 – Jerry’s Tire, a five-location tire dealership based in Lake Odessa, Mich., is celebrating its 50th year as a Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company customer.

The independent, family-owned owned dealership sells Goodyear commercial truck tires, as well as Goodyear consumer tires. It also retreads truck tires using Goodyear’s exclusive UniCircle and precure processes, and offers 24/7 emergency roadside service and other services through Goodyear’s fleetHQ business solutions program.

In addition, Jerry’s Tire offers a complete menu of truck services, including alignments and wheel reconditioning.
Jerry’s Tire was founded by Jerry Carpenter in 1948. The company began selling Goodyear tires in 1962. “We’ve been proud Goodyear dealers ever since,” said Mark Carpenter, Jerry’s son and the company’s president. “Goodyear has always led the way in tire technology and its service offerings are second to none.”

The dealership caters to trucking fleets and owner-operators at its five Michigan locations in Lake Odessa, Flint, Wyoming, Sturgis and Saginaw.
“Fleet owners and owner-operators are extremely sophisticated businesspeople and want to see hard numbers. We have to back up what we do with facts and figures, and Goodyear helps us do that.”

Goodyear’s fleetHQ business solutions program helps Jerry’s Tire collect, process and store data to help trucking operations lower their cost of doing business, according to Carpenter.
The tire manufacturer’s fleetHQ TVTrack solution, in particular, “is gaining a lot of credibility with our customers, and has opened up many new doors for us. We’ve gained new business thanks to Goodyear’s fleetHQ program.”

As a well-established tire and service provider with a loyal customer base, “we’ve had lots of opportunities to switch suppliers over the years, but we’ve enjoyed a great relationship with Goodyear,” he added. “We look forward to continuing that relationship. Our company’s motto is ‘It’s All About The Service.’ Goodyear shares that philosophy.”

“Jerry’s Tire has built its business by offering customers premium products, and by providing excellent service,” said Doug Whittington, director of sales, Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems. “We value this great company’s loyalty, and are proud to count it as a customer.”

About Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems:

Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems offers a broad portfolio of products and services to the commercial fleet industry, including a full range of original equipment and replacement tires; premium retreaded tire products and systems, including Goodyear’s exclusive UniCircle retread system; the fleetHQ portfolio of business solutions; national programs; tire management tools; online information; and business problem-solving tools for tomorrow’s commercial fleets. For more information, go to www.goodyeartrucktires.com.