MIAMI (Feb. 21, 2008) — Tire Group International Inc. has opened an office in Qingdao, China, to help give the company better control of its growing business dealings in China, said CEO Tony Gonzalez.
The Miami-based wholesale tire distributor is having three private labels manufactured in China, according to Gonzalez, and probably will be adding a fourth by year-end. The company carries more than 40 tire brands as well as automotive-related products.
TGI's new office will be headed by Jing Dong Ling, a former quality and mixing engineer for Qingdao Yellow Sea Tire who was brought in to oversee TGI's private label production in China.
"The addition of Ling will ensure that TGI's quality standards are being met and that our supply chain is being supervised directly at the source," Gonzalez said. "We expect this move will help us better serve our distributors throughout the world with more consistent quality."