Pomp’s Tire buys 19 GCR locations throughout upper Midwest tb-logo tb-logo

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Pomp’s Tire Service Inc. has acquired 19 GCR Tires & Service (GCR) stores in nine upper Midwest and Great Plains states from Bridgestone Americas Inc., expanding its network to 108 commercial truck tire service locations across 11 states. The locations acquired are in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North and South Dakota and Wisconsin, the companies said, allowing Green Bay-based Pomp’s — the fourth largest commercial dealership in the U.S. and a longtime Bandag system retreader — to expand both within its existing footprint and into new territories. The deal trims the GCR network to 70 locations in the U.S. and Canada, down from over 200 just a few years ago. Financial terms were not disclosed. “Our mission is to provide customers with best-in-class tires and service,” Pomp’s Tire CEO Jim Wochinske said. “This means we need a strong network of service locations that are staffed by long-tenured tire experts. The purchase of these GCR locations allows us to expand our footprint in the Midwest, while also bringing more knowledge and expertise to our team, which is truly the biggest advantage of this...

While traveling during the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, privateer Brent Rouse and brother Dane,

While traveling during the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, privateer Brent Rouse and brother Dane, stopped at a local Honda dealership in Fayetteville Arkansas. When they walked into the shop a young sales rep asked if there were any bikes they were interested in. Dane replied “Nothing in here.” The kid asked what they were interested in. Dane went on to tell the kid “If you have any older two-strokes we would be interested.” The young sales rep went on to tell them that he had a bike at home that would meet that description. The Rouse brothers asked what it was and how much do you want for it? The kid replied, “Its a 2000 CR250 and I would take $600 for it.” “Sold!” said the Rouse brothers. “We will be by your place after you get off work to get it.” The bike had seen better days: the crank was locked up, the head was pretty beat up, plastics, bars, grips, tires, and all the bearings needed a one a ticket to the trash. After a lot of hard work, and with help from so many great sponsors the Rouse brothers turned what was once a blown up $600 bike that was sitting outside into this. www.wrenchrabbit.comHot Rods CrankshaftMain Bearings/sealsComplete en...