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Southern Tire Mart at Pilot Flying J

Southern Tire Mart at Pilot Flying J

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2021
CONTACT: Lindsey S. Warren | lindsey.warren@stmpilot.com | 601.424.0144

Southern Tire Mart and Pilot Company recently reached an agreement to create a new, strategic alliance— Southern Tire Mart at Pilot Flying J. Through this venture, 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.

“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,” said John Boynton, president of Southern Tire Mart at Pilot Flying J. “Our goal is to help fleet operators maximize the return on their investment while creating an exceptional driver experience—safe, wellmaintained moving vehicles means happy owners, happy drivers and most importantly, happy customers.”

Beginning January 1, 2021, Southern Tire Mart at Pilot Flying J will assume management operations of the current 35 Pilot Flying J Truck Care maintenance facilities. The new operation remains dedicated to providing professional drivers and fleet customers with exceptional repair, maintenance, roadside assistance, lube and tire-focused services. Southern Tire Mart at Pilot Flying J will honor existing promotions and discounts to ensure a smooth transition for customers.

“We’re excited to bring together the strengths of our network with the expertise of Southern Tire Mart to better meet the tire and maintenance needs of the trucking industry,” said Shameek Konar, CEO of Pilot Company. “Through this partnership, we look forward to building a nationwide network of on-highway commercial vehicle maintenance, lube and tire-focused services that keeps fleet and drivers moving with safe, well-maintained trucks.”

Southern Tire Mart at Pilot Flying J plans to build over 100 more locations in the next 18 months with a goal to grow the network across the U.S. to 200 points of service over 36 months. These facilities, located coast-to-coast throughout the continental United States, will be built on Pilot and Flying J Travel Center properties to better serve over the road fleet customer needs. In addition to the facilities at Pilot and Flying J travel centers, customers will have access to the 140 Southern Tire Mart locations nationwide.

About Southern Tire Mart
Southern Tire Mart was founded in 1973 and is the largest commercial tire dealer and retread manufacturer in North America. They also operate 19 Bandag retread manufacturing facilities and 140 commercial service locations across 15 states. Southern Tire Mart proudly partners with many of America’s most trusted brands in tires, including Bridgestone, Firestone, Michelin, BF Goodrich, Toyo Tire, Continental, General Tire, Yokohama and more. This past year, Southern Tire Mart sold 3 million tires and 2 million retread tires and continues to be a leader in the tire industry. For over 47 years, Southern Tire Mart has been delivering extensive commercial vehicle repairs with the highest quality of workmanship to satisfied customers throughout the southern United States.

About Pilot Company
Pilot Company keeps North America’s drivers moving as one of the leading suppliers of fuel and the largest operator of travel centers. Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot Company supplies more than 11 billion gallons of fuel per year and has an industry-leading network of more than 1,000 retail and fueling locations that offer a variety of products, amenities and innovative solutions to make road travel easier. The Pilot Flying J travel center network includes over 750 locations in 44 states and six Canadian provinces with more than 680 restaurants, 74,000 truck parking spaces, 5,300 deluxe showers, 6,200 diesel lanes and 35 truck maintenance service centers. Pilot Company is currently ranked No. 10 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies.

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First Shipment of Continental Tires Rides in Style to Southern Tire Mart

First Shipment of Continental Tires Rides in Style to Southern Tire Mart

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 12, 2020
Contact: Lindsey Warren | lindsey.warren@stmtires.com | 985.705.4866

CLINTON, MS – Mississippi travelers may have already seen the eye-catching 18-wheeler cruising along the interstates and highways of the Magnolia State. What they may not know is that the specially designed commemorative hauler is carrying the first shipments from Continental Tire in Clinton to Southern Tire Mart locations throughout the state. Continental ensured that Southern Tire Mart received the first shipment of tires from the new plant, in order to honor and celebrate the long-standing partnership between the two tire giants, as well as their commitment to the state of Mississippi to provide good jobs to Mississippians and stimulate economic development in the region.

Southern Tire Mart, whose corporate headquarters is located in Columbia, Miss., employs more than 1,000 people throughout the state of Mississippi. Brothers Jim and Thomas Duff have owned Southern Tire Mart since 2003 when they bought the tire retreading company from Bandag. Today, Southern Tire Mart is the largest independent tire dealer in the United States with revenues of $1.7 billion and over 140 commercial and retail service locations in 15 states across America.

“The relationship we enjoy with Continental is something we are so proud of and we are excited to be a part of this new venture that has created and will continue to create jobs for Mississippians for years to come,” Jim Duff said.

Tom Fanning, Continental’s vice president of sales and marketing for commercial truck tires in North America, echoed Duff’s words. “Continental was pleased to deliver our first tire shipment from the Clinton plant to Southern Tire Mart, a great Mississippi company and long-standing partner,” Fanning said. “Together, we are delivering much more than tires. We are delivering jobs and investment to support Clinton and Hinds County, benefiting the entire state of Mississippi along with local businesses like Southern Tire Mart.”

The Clinton plant currently employees approximately 430 employees and produces large truck and bus tires for the United States. Southern Tire Mart services more commercial fleets than any other tire dealer in North America and will be able to serve even more fleets because of the accessibility of Continental’s inventory and distribution model.

“This is another great milestone for the Continental plant in Mississippi. Our goal is to be a reliable partner and supplier. By living our core values ‘passion to win’ and ‘for one another,’ we can achieve both,” said Michael Egner, Clinton plant manager.

Both companies are optimistic about the direction of the Mississippi economy even amid recovery concerns as a result of COVID-19.

“Americans and Mississippians, in particular, are resilient and hard-working and that’s why we continue to invest in the people of this state,” added Thomas Duff. “This new partnership with Continental ensures that the success and prosperity of what we are doing will enhance the lives of everyone involved in producing, transporting, selling and buying tires.”

“Continental may be one of the largest tire and automotive suppliers worldwide, but we take an ‘in the market, for the market’ approach to sales and manufacturing,” said Fanning. “We are excited to continue moving forward, creating 500 jobs by the end of this year. We rely on our partners like Southern Tire Mart to deliver the Continental promise to fleet customers, helping them achieve their Lowest Overall Driving Cost in Mississippi and across the nation.”