Goodyear to supply Dart Network truck tires, retreads

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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced today, July 16, that it has been awarded a supply arrangement by Dart Transit Co., the nation’s 14th-largest truckload dry-van carrier, and its network of companies, based in Eagan, Minn. Under the arrangement, Goodyear will supply replacement and retread truck tires and tire services in North America for the Dart Network through 2008.

“We’re obviously excited to be working with the Dart Network,” says Steve McClellan, vice president of commercial tire systems for Akron, Ohio-based Goodyear. “Our ability to offer a comprehensive service package of original equipment, replacement and retread tires, as well as value-added services, are key to this new agreement.”

More than 2,700 tractors power Dart, which once operated primarily east of the Rockies. However, in May, the privately held company expanded its service in seven Western states. “We believe that by using our national network of independent dealers, Dart will improve its efficiency in maintaining its fleet,” McClellan says. “Our collection of fleet management tools puts Dart management in complete control of its tire costs.”

Goodyear is supplying commercial tires to the Dart Network from its plants in Danville, Va.; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Topeka, Kan.