FINDLAY, Ohio (March 11)—Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has purchased Max Trac Tire Co. Inc., better known as Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, for an undisclosed amount to boost the Findlay-based firm's image in the racing, performance and off-road tire areas. Cooper previously had supplied the distributor with off-road and specialty tires under the Mickey Thompson and Dick Cepek brand names. Mickey Thompson had distributed and provided trackside assistance for Cooper's Avon racing tires. Max Trac designs, develops and distributes specialty tires for the street, strip track and off-road racing markets from leased sites in Stow, Ohio, and Temecula, Calif. Cooper plans to continue managing the Max Trac operations from the Ohio location and its relationships with current suppliers of tires, wheels and other accessories.
Cooper buys Mickey Thompson
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