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American Tires Distributors Holdings: Heavyweight

August 26, 2013

While we are quite aware of the tires in our cars, most of us hardly give it a thought how the tires got to where they are when we get the replacement or buy new sets of tires.  We simply get them at tire shops and other places. Most likely the tires you have are not produced in your locality and it had to be shipped there.

If you come from a small place you may not be able to get the tires you want if it were not for distributors who sell the tires to retailers. Volume counts and that’s what the distributors can provide the manufacturers. The distributors then deliver to smaller retailers.

Tires are heavy and one of the heavyweights in the tire distribution business is American Tire Distributors Holdings. Through its American Tire Distributors (ATD), is one of the largest independent tire wholesalers in the U.S.  It also distributes in Canada. The firm offers passenger and light truck tires like Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear, Michelin, Hankook, Kumho, Nexen, Nitto, and Pirelli brands. It has Fuzion and Capitol brands as well.

Aside from tires the firm also offers custom wheels under proprietary brands like ICW Racing, Pacer, Drifz, Cruizer Alloy, and O.E. Performance as well as under the CX, Maas, Zora, Gear, Motiv, TIS, Dropstar, Asanti, Advanti brands and more. It also provides installation and services accessories. ATD also offers a range of tire supplies and tools.

The company caters to the local, regional, and national independent tire retailers, automotive dealers, tire manufacturer-owned stores, and mass merchandisers. ATD sells its products through its sales force, through a network of over 130 distribution centers, and also through operating ATDOnline and TireBuyer.com.

With its range and volume of offerings this company is a true heavyweight in every sense of the world. As a business undertaking its value has not gone unnoticed; it is privately owned by equity firm TPG Capital.

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