Taylor, Mich., June 4, 2015. Today, BestDrive LLC (BestDrive), a commercial tire retreader and distributor, celebrates the opening of its newest location in Taylor, Michigan, just outside of Detroit.
BestDrive outlets specialize in servicing fleet customers with new tires, retreads, casing management and other commercial tire-related services. The parent company of BestDrive, Continental Tire the Americas, LLC, invested more than $1.5 million in the Taylor BestDrive facility.
"The City of Taylor is extremely excited to have BestDrive locate in our community,” said Rick Sollars, mayor of the City of Taylor. “We're very excited about the good things happening in our city. We're seeing an upturn in business activity all over the community, and we are looking forward to working with BestDrive on a regular basis."
The 60,000 square-foot-facility currently employs 14 people with plans to employ more than 40 people by 2020. Today the facility produces 60 retreads per day, and plans to produce more than 200 retreads per day within five years.
“We’re opening BestDrive outlets in markets where key fleet customers have expressed a need for retread options,” said Clif Armstrong, managing director of BestDrive. “The Detroit area is a market that has a significant impact on our business and this newest BestDrive location in Taylor will provide us with a strong presence to meet the needs of customers in this region. We’re excited to be here and look forward to increasing production at BestDrive Taylor.”
This is the third BestDrive outlet to open in the U.S. Now with locations in the Detroit, Memphis and Phoenix metropolitan areas, Continental can provide broader support for servicing key fleet customers through BestDrive outlets and offer a wide range of services, including new tires and ContiTread retreads.
BestDrive outlets carry multiple brands of radial truck tires in addition to Continental-branded items. Continental Passenger and Light Truck Tires for commercial fleets, Continental Specialty Tires, ContiPressureCheck Commercial TPMS systems, and offerings from Continental Automotive may also be found at BestDrive outlets.
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.