Pomp’s Tire Service, Inc. (Pomp’s) has completed the purchase of 19 GCR Tires & Service (GCR) stores from Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (Bridgestone).
The purchase of these locations will allow Pomp’s to serve more customers in markets where it currently operates, as well as expand the Pomp’s footprint to include new geographic regions. Founded in 1939, Pomp’s is a leading provider of commercial truck tires, off-the-road tires and Bandag retreads. The company is based in Green Bay, Wisconsin and currently operates 108 commercial truck tire service locations and 17 retread plants across 11 states.
“Our mission is to provide customers with best-in-class tires and service,” said Jim Wochinske, CEO of Pomp’s. “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 transaction.”
The GCR stores purchased by Pomp’s are located in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The locations currently serve customers in the commercial trucking, passenger and light truck, off-the-road and agriculture industries.
“At Bridgestone, we are focused on implementing strategies to secure commercial distribution to ensure we are meeting the needs of fleet customers across our company-owned GCR stores and the independent dealer channel,” said Scott Damon, group president, operations, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. “Partnering with Pomp’s allows us to further strengthen our commercial tire distribution network and position our brands and fleet solutions for growth as we enter 2020.”
Bridgestone will continue to operate more than 70 GCR stores across the U.S. and Canada. GCR remains an integral part of the company’s commercial distribution strategy as a leading provider of commercial tires and service in key geographic markets.