In a move to fortify its commercial tire and service network, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced today, June 29, that its Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems subsidiary has signed an exclusive agreement to develop and operate truck service centers at Pilot Travel Centers locations.
With eight Pilot Truck Care Centers already in operation, the development agreement provides a springboard for continued growth along major highways. Service centers will be developed not only at existing Pilot travel centers, but will grow in concert with new travel centers where trucking companies require a servicing presence to minimize equipment downtime and freight delays, Goodyear officials said.
The companies said the next 13 Pilot Truck Care Center locations have been identified and will begin operation by yearend. Steve McClellan, vice president of Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems, said the agreement is “significant for both Goodyear and Pilot. Goodyear fulfills its promise to customers who require an ‘on-highway’ presence, and it strengthens our national network of truck service providers. Pilot augments the one-stop shopping experience for drivers of commercial trucks.”
Jimmy Haslam, chief executive officer of Pilot Travel Centers, said that “Pilot has had great success at the locations where we provide maintenance services to professional drivers who stop at our travel centers. This agreement with Goodyear will allow us to more quickly expand those services and better serve our over-the-road customers.”
Pilot, the nation’s largest retail operator of travel centers, operates 268 travel centers in 40 states. Wingfoot-operated Pilot Truck Care Centers will provide trucking fleets with new tires, retread tires, limited mechanical service and preventive maintenance at convenient locations, as well as roadside assistance. “Pilot Truck Care Centers give us a wide base on which to expand our cradle-to-grave services, a multiyear cycle of services and products that tie us to fleets long-term,” McClellan said. “These fleets rely on our tire expertise to help them save operational costs.”