Fort Mill, SC - April 4, 2016. BestDrive, LLC, a commercial tire dealer and retreader, gained significant traction in the Midwest recently with the purchase of Brahler’s Trucker Supply, Inc. on February 1st, 2016. The seven service locations in Illinois and eastern Missouri, including one retread shop, continues the increasing expansion of Continental Tire’s BestDrive commercial tire and retread service network throughout the United States and North America.
Founded more than 40 years ago in Meredosia, Illinois, Brahler’s has been a trusted commercial tire and retreading company that offers alignments, new tire sales, industrial tires, and tire management programs, as well as many other products and services.
Under the guidance of Brahler’s organizational head Richard Brahler, the former Brahler’s locations will continue to offer these high quality services and products under the BestDrive banner. “I am very excited to be part of the BestDrive family,” said Brahler, “As a solution provider for many years it made perfect sense to join forces after seeing the new products and technologies Continental is bringing to the our customers…it’s a win-win.”
“We are incredibly pleased to bring a well-known and respected company like Brahler’s into the BestDrive family,” said Glen Carson, Director of Retail for Commercial Tires at Continental the Americas, LLC, the parent company of BestDrive. “This move puts BestDrive in a great position to better serve the Midwest region as we continue to expand both our locations and our services,” he added.
The new BestDrive shops employ approximately 100 employees across all seven service and retread locations. BestDrive outlets carry multiple brands of radial truck tires as well as Continental commercial vehicle tires, Continental specialty tires, ContiPressureCheck and commercial tire pressure monitoring systems. BestDrive will continue to utilize the state-of-the-art Brahler’s retread facilities, transitioning from the Marangoni retread process to the preferred ContiLifeCycle (CLC) process.
Other BestDrive operations are located in Arizona, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Michigan. BestDrive, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Continental Tire the Americas, LLC.
Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent, and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. Continental generated sales of €37.7 billion in 2020 and currently employs around 235,000 people in 58 countries and markets. In 2021, the company celebrates its 150th anniversary.
The Tires business area has 24 production and development locations worldwide. Continental is one of the leading tire manufacturers with more than 56,000 employees and posted preliminary sales of €10.2 billion in 2020 in this business area. Continental ranks among the technology leaders in tire production and offers a broad product range for passenger cars, commercial and special-purpose vehicles as well as two-wheelers. Through continuous investment in research and development, Continental makes a major contribution to safe, cost effective and ecologically efficient mobility. The portfolio of the Tires business area includes services for the tire trade and fleet applications, as well as digital management systems for tires.
Continental develops pioneering technologies to make commercial transport safer, more efficient and more connected. The company’s products and services deliver measurable impact for commercial vehicle manufacturers and the aftermarket. They benefit from a broad portfolio and from fully integrated systems. The portfolio includes tires, digital tire monitoring, fleet management, telematic solutions, Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) and tachographs, hoses, air springs, Electronic Control Units (ECU), displays, drivetrain and exhaust aftertreatment systems, sensors, advanced driving assistance systems, as well as eHorizon maps and events and cloud-based services. In 2017, the share of Continental’s global sales for commercial vehicle products and systems was around €4.7 billion.