- Houston-based Jee Wholesale Tires L.L.C. has become the U.S. distributor for Vizzoni-brand tires, a brand that belongs to Vizzoni Auto United DMCC, a Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based company. Vizzoni contracts the building of its tires to undisclosed third-party manufacturers in Indonesia and Thailand.
It's the first proprietary brand Jee Wholesale has handled, according to President Dev Lamba.
In business since 2006, Jee is offering lines of passenger, light truck, industrial and OTR tires in the Vizzoni brand. The distributor also handles seven other brands: Alliance, Carlisle, Deestone, Galaxy, Hankook, Primex and Sumitomo.
- Wholesale Tire Distributors (WTD) added the Iris brand, the flag brand of Iris Tyres, a relatively new manufacturer based in Setif, Algeria. The company is owned by Algerian consumer electronics and household appliances group Saterex-Iris E.u.r.l.
Vernon, Calif.-based WTD continues as an independent business after parent ATV Inc. sold the American Tire Depot retail assets in Southern California to Percheron Investment Management L.P.
Besides Iris, WTD distributes a portfolio of private brands, such as Arroyo and Saffiro, along with a range of Tier 1, 2 and 3 brands.
Other news worth noting among tire brand distributors:
- Sutong Tire Resources Inc. is consolidating warehousing in the Houston area at a 134,000-sq.-ft. distribution center in Brookshire, Texas. That facility, which replaces two smaller warehouses, is expected to be operational in mid- to late June, according to President Dan Hunter.
The Hockley, Texas-based company — which distributes a dozen brands it imports from manufacturers in China and Thailand — has two other distribution centers in North America, in Anderson, Ind., and near Toronto.
- ZC Rubber Americas is planning to move its Los Angeles distribution center to a larger facility (200,000 to 300,000 square feet) before year-end in order to improve distribution to customers.
The company, part of China's Zhongce Rubber Co. Ltd., is evaluating sites in the Los Angeles area. ZC Rubber has one other warehouse in the U.S.