PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.—G&G Tire Co. Inc. in Plattsburgh has become the second official licensee of Continental Tire the Americas L.L.C.'s ContiLifeCycle retreading process, converting its former Bandag-system plant to the Conti system over the summer.
Concurrently, C&G Tire and Conti disclosed that G&G has secured distribution for its retreads in central New York via three commercial locations of the former Tallmadge Tire dealer group.
G&G Tire Owner Kevin Bruno said the transition to the ContiLifeCycle process "has been very smooth.
"Because Continental offered a dedicated team, it only took a few days to set up the new process and equipment," he said. "We definitely have an advantage with Continental and have received positive feedback as far as mileage, traction and wear on the ContiTreads we produce."
Bruno said the plant is set up to produce up to 20,000 ContiTreads annually.
On the distribution front, principals at the independently owned Tallmadge Tire of Binghamton N.Y. Inc., Tallmadge Tire Service of Geneva, N.Y. Inc. and Tallmadge Tire Service of Cortland, N.Y. Inc. have begun distributing ContiTread retreaded truck tires produced by G&G Tire.
"We approached G&G Tire to be the manufacturer of the ContiTreads on our behalf," said Rich Damianos, vice president of Tallmadge Tire Service of Cortland, "and we can now offer these retreads to our customers, along with Continental new truck tires."
The three dealerships formerly were part of the second oldest General Tire dealer group in the U.S., formed in 1932. As such, they all have a long history with Continental products and an extensive base of Continental truck tire customers, said Pete Ufholz, president of Tallmadge Tire Service of Geneva.