The Drive to End Hunger

Pete’s Tire Barns Hosts Firestone Indy Car Racing Event to support the Vermont Food Bank.

Rutland, VT : Pete’s Tire Barns of Rutland,VT has partnered with the Vermont Food Bank to host the Drive to End Hunger Food Drive. In honor of Hunger Action month Pete’s Tire Barns will be hosting a racing inspired food drive featuring the Firestone IZOD Indy Car and the Firestone Racing Simulator. Admission is free to anyone who brings a can goods donation to the event being held at Pete’s Tire Barns 62 Randbury Rd. on Saturday September 29th from 11-3. The event is free and open to the public. The Firestone IZOD Indy Car will be on hand for photographs and the Firestone Racing Simulator will be running throughout the day for racing enthusiast to try and test their driving skills. Free food and drinks will be available throughout the day in addition to hourly giveaways and a chance to win four passenger or light truck tires. Please come out and help us support the Vermont Food Bank.
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About Pete’s Tire Barns: Pete’s Tire Barns, Inc. has grown to one of the largest independent commercial tire dealerships in the country. Pete’s currently operates 18 full-service locations in New England, a brand new state-of-the art Distribution Center, and 2 Bandag retread facilities. The company employs in excess of 200 people, and operates a fleet of over 98 service and delivery vehicles. In 2008, we celebrated our 40th year in business and we are growing stronger each year.

Monster Truck Event Collects Food and Money for Food Bank

Pete’s Tire Barns teams up with local non-profit for Fill the Monster Truck Food Drive

ORANGE, MASS., July 25, 2011 –Pete’s Tire Barns is pleased to announce their partnership with the Franklin County Community Meal Program and Bridgestone Passenger for the Fill the Monster Truck Food Drive. This will be the second year of the event, which continues Pete’s Tire Barns commitment to their neighbors and surrounding communities.

With over two truckloads of canned goods donated and hundreds of dollars raised during the previous year’s event, Pete’s Tire Barns of Orange, Massachusetts looks to break that record. The MLB All-Star Bigfoot monster truck will be available for photographs at this year’s event and its driver will be on hand to sign autographs.

“We are really excited to be able to help out again this year,” says Ray Turilli, IT & Marketing Director. “Last year was such a success gathering donations for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, especially after all the donations we received from local businesses including Wal-Mart and Big Lots. We jumped at the opportunity to partner with the Franklin County Community Meals Program from our Orange, Massachusetts headquarters.”

The Franklin County Community Meals Program offers free meals, food, and household supplies to people in need in the Franklin County. “With more and more people becoming unemployed or underemployed, especially in this part of the state, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to put a meal on the table,” says Amy Clarke of the Franklin County Community Meals Program. “Every Thursday, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., over 100 families come to the Orange Food Pantry for food; in the past three months alone, we have had 73 new families in the Orange/Athol area register at our Pantry.” Pete’s Tire Barns look to partner with and support programs that help our friends and neighbors through these difficult times.

Fill the Monster Truck Food Drive will take place at Pete’s Tire Barns 275 East Main Street, Orange, MA location on September 4 from 12-4pm. Scale Die-cast Monster Trucks will be given away to any children under the age of 12 who bring a canned food donation. This event is free and open to the public.

About Pete’s Tire Barns: Pete’s Tire Barns, Inc. has grown to be one of the largest independent commercial tire dealerships in the country. Pete’s currently operates 16 full-service locations in New England, a state-of-the art Distribution Center, and two Bandag retread facilities. The company employs in excess of 165 people, and operates a fleet of over 98 service and delivery vehicles. In 2008, we celebrated our 40th year in business and have consistently been recognized by both Modern Tire Dealer and Tire Business magazines as a leader in the industry.

Pete’s Tire Barns Sponsors Young Guns Racing Division

Pete’s Tire Barns has become the exclusive tire supplier of the Monadnock Speedway Young Guns Racing Division for a second year.

Orange, MA:Pete’s Tire Barns of Orange, MA has once again partnered with the Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH to become the exclusive tire provider of the Young Guns (Youth League) racing division. The Pete’s Tire Barns Young Guns will be running on Bridgestone Fuzion HRI tires throughout the 2011 racing season. As part of the sponsorship, each Young Guns race car will feature a Pete’s Tire Barns sponsorship sticker and the drivers can purchase the 195/60R14 and 195/65R15 tires for their race car at discounted prices.

The Young Guns racing division (ages 12-15) at the Monadnock Speedway allows the young drivers the opportunity to compete in full fledged race cars while being safe and having fun. The Monadnock Speedway is the fastest high banked 1/4 mile oval in the East (16 degrees & 18 degrees of banking). The NASCAR sanctioned facility has races ever Saturday night running April through September

About Pete’s Tire Barns: Pete’s Tire Barns, Inc, headquartered in Orange, MA, has grown to one of the largest independent commercial tire dealerships in the country. Pete’s currently operates 16 full-service locations in New England, a brand new state-of-the art Distribution Center, and 2 Bandag retread facilities. The company employs in excess of 165 people, and operates a fleet of of 98 service and delivery vehicles. In 2008, Pete’s Tire Barns celebrated their 40th year in business and has consistently been recognized by both Modern Tire Dealer and Tire Business magazines as a leader in the industry.

Pete’s Tire Barns donates 250 hams to the Salvation Army

Local Tire Retailer Helps Feed Those in Need

Pete’s Tire Barns Donates 250 Hams to the Salvation Army Just in Time for Christmas.

Orange, MA: Pete’s Tire Barns and Garrick Contract Carriers recently donated and delivered 250 hams to the Salvation Army to be distributed to those in need this holiday season. In addition to the hams, Pete’s Tire Barns also donated 250 10-lb. bags of potatoes. Pictured from left to right are:

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Pictured from Left to right:
Peter Gerry, President – Pete’s Tire Barns
Ray Turilli, Director of IT & Internet Marketing – Pete’s Tire Barns
Mark Brennan, Fleet Manager – Pete’s Tire Barns
Lt. Darlene Higgins – Salvation Army
Danielle Parker – Salvation Army
Lt. Elliott Higgins – Salvation Army
Bob Thiem, Operations Manager – Pete’s Tire Barns
Travis Phillips – Salvation Army
Brandon Blake – House of Wax

About Pete’s Tire Barns: Pete’s Tire Barns, Inc, headquartered in Orange, MA, has grown to one of the largest independent commercial tire dealerships in the country. Pete’s currently operates 16 full-service locations in New England, a brand new state-of-the art Distribution Center, and 2 Bandag retread facilities. The company employs in excess of 165 people, and operates a fleet of of 98 service and delivery vehicles. In 2008, Pete’s Tire Barns celebrated their 40th year in business and has consistently been recognized by both Modern Tire Dealer and Tire Business magazines as a leader in the industry.

Pete’s Tire Barns Makes Major Investment in Vermont

Tire Retailer Makes Major Investment in Vermont

Pete’s Tire Barns opens new Retread Facility and Tire Store in Rutland, VT.

Rutland, VT: Pete’s Tire Barn, Inc, has recently completed the first phase of a multi-million dollar project to service retail and commercial tire customers in the State of Vermont. Seeing a growing need for high-quality retreaded tires in the State of Vermont. Peter Gerry, President of Pete’s Tire Barns, made the bold decision to undertake the massive project of creating a modern Bandag retread facility in the state of Vermont. After researching a location that would service the greater Rutland County as well as their existing locations in Brattleboro and White River Junction, Pete’s Tire Barns purchased the former Rouse Tire at 62 Randbury Road in Rutland, Vermont. Engineers, architects and contractors were brought in to plan out the project and the development was then broken down into three phases. Phase one was to completely remodel and outfit the retread facility. Phase two is to build a brand new 10,000 sq ft tire distribution center and shipping and receiving area. Phase 3 will be to build new commercial and retail service bays to replace the existing service bays. Once the planning was done, the work began on transforming the existing 15,000 sq ft. facility into a modern State-of-the-Art Bandag retread facility. Using many local contractors, the roof was replaced, floors were repaired and coated, all structural supports were reinforced, electrical service was upgraded, and new heating and ventilation were installed. In order to increase tire manufacturing capacity, all existing equipment was rebuilt brand new equipment was installed. Employees have been hired and trained in the art of retreading tires. Currently, the retread facility and tire service center employs ten Vermont-based employees and this number is expected to grow to 30 full-time employees as the shop reaches full capacity. Pete’s Tire Barns is now producing tires in the State of Vermont made by their Vermont employees. The second phase of construction is already underway with Casella Construction doing site work for the tire distribution center. This new facility sells and service tires for Passenger & Light Truck Vehicles, Trailer, ATV, Lawn & Garden, Farm, Forestry, OTR, Medium and Heavy Trucks and the retread shop can produce 200 high-quality truck retreads per day. The store will remain open during all phases of construction for uninterrupted service in order to meet the needs of their many customers. Store hours are Monday – Friday from 7:30 – 5:30 PM and Saturdays from 7:30 to Noon and the phone number is 802-474-0752. To see a complete list of Pete’s Tire Barns services and locations, please visit their website at www.petestire.com or visit their online store at www.petestirestore.com.

About Pete’s Tire Barns: Pete’s Tire Barns, Inc, headquartered in Orange, MA, has grown to one of the largest independent commercial tire dealerships in the country. Pete’s currently operates 16 full-service locations in New England, a brand new state-of-the art Distribution Center, and 2 Bandag retread facilities. The company employs in excess of 165 people, and operates a fleet of over 130 service and delivery vehicles. In 2008, Pete’s Tire Barns celebrated their 40th year in business and has consistently been recognized by both Modern Tire Dealer and Tire Business magazines as a leader in the industry.

Monster Truck Event Collects Food and Money for Food Bank

Pete’s Tire Barns in cooperation with Walmart of Northampton and Big Lots to collect food for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

Northampton, MA : On Friday September 3rd 2010 the monster trucks descended on Northampton with one purpose. That purpose was to kick off Hunger Action month with a food drive for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. The Fill the Monster Truck food drive offered a unique opportunity for people to bring in can goods and receive a diecast monster truck courtesy of Pete’s Tire Barns. Thanks to the generous support of Walmart and Big Lots who not only gave up their parking lot for the event, they also passed out flyers, collected donations and delivered multiple shopping carts of donated food. The Bigfoot Monster Truck driver was on hand to sign autographs, take pictures and talk about what is like to drive a monster truck. Over 450 autographs were given out and the amount of food that was collected was so large it required a forklift to load it into the back of food bank truck. Pete’s Tire Barns would like to thank Walmart and Big Lots for their support of the Fill the Monster Truck food drive for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

About Pete’s Tire Barns: Pete’s Tire Barns, Inc. has grown to one of the largest independent commercial tire dealerships in the country. Pete’s currently operates 16 full-service locations in New England, a brand new state-of-the art Distribution Center, and 2 Bandag retread facilities. The company employs in excess of 165 people, and operates a fleet of over 130 service and delivery vehicles. In 2008, we celebrated our 40th year in business and we are growing stronger each year.

Pete’s Tire Barns Launches Online Tire Store

Pete’s Tire Barns has been selling tires for over 40 years. That has allowed them to build a 3 acre warehouse filled with over 11 million dollars worth of tires. Now many of those tires are available online to people throughout the United States. Currently they are offering Lawn Tractor Tires, Trailer Tires, Golf Cart Tires, ATV Tires, Farm Tires, Industrial and Construction Tires. With over 400 tires currently online and more tires being added every day, Pete’s Barns continues to service the tire needs of their customers with good quality tires at fair prices. Pete’s Tire Barns carries tires from all the major manufacturers including Bandag, BKT, BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Carlisle, Firestone, Michelin, Uniroyal, and more.

Currently they are focused on getting the entire Carlisle Tire catalog online, but will be adding new tire brands and sizes every day. The online store can be reached at www.petestirestore.com

In addition to the online store Pete’s Tire Barns continues to serve the tire needs of New England with their fifteen locations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

About Pete’s Tire Barns: Pete’s Tire Barns, Inc. has grown to one of the largest independent commercial tire dealerships in the country. Pete’s currently operates 15 full-service locations and 3 associate dealers in New England, a brand new state-of-the art Distribution Center, and 2 Bandag retread facilities. The company employs in excess of 165 people, and operates a fleet of over 130 service and delivery vehicles. In 2008, we celebrated our 40th year in business and we are growing stronger each year.

Pete’s Tire Barns Ventures Into Online Sales

Athol Daily News 4/17/2010
By Brian Gelinas and Staff Reporter

ORANGE — Continuing to find innovative ways to market its product, Pete’s Tire Barns Inc. has ventured into the world of on-line product sales with the launching on April 1 of an Internet store, which is accessible through the company’s Web site at www.petestire.com.

The move is one of several steps being employed to take advantage of 21st-century computer technology and social networking sites on the Web in order to expand the tire distributor’s customer base, both regionally and nationwide.

Aside from “opening the doors” on its Internet store, E-commerce Manager Amy Putnam and Ray Turilli, director of information technology and on-line marketing, have also established a company presence on Facebook and Twitter.

“It’s the wave of the future,” Putnam said recently.

Initially, the Internet store is offering on-line purchasing of a limited selection of the 20,000 items in the company’s inventory. Currently, Carlisle specialty tires are available on-line, with more brands to be added over the next few months. These include tires for landscaping, lawn and garden equipment; tractors; trailers; ATVs, utility vehicles, and go-carts; golf carts; and industrial equipment and off-road vehicles, such as hand trucks and forklifts.

“Ultimately, the goal is to offer all of our products on-line, but to start with, we picked the tire line that has the most appeal,” said Turilli, “because we’re not focusing just on New England, but nationwide.”

“Within twenty-four hours of launching the store, we made our first sale to someone from Minnesota,” Putnam added. “We had intended to test the site for a few days without any marketing and were surprised to have that sale so quickly.”

On-line orders can be shipped directly to a customer’s home, or at no additional charge to one of the company’s 16 retail stores that are located throughout New England. In addition, from now until the end of June any in-stock tires ordered that are under 150 pounds will be shipped free of charge via UPS ground services.

The plan is to expand the on-line store over time until “it becomes a twenty-four-hour store for us,” said Turilli, who added the company is also trying to appeal to a wider customer/fan base through its use of Facebook and Twitter.

After setting up the company’s retail profile page on Facebook, a kick-off promotion was held and within 12 days the number of page fans went from 0 to 500, said Putnam and Turilli. Of those 500 fans, five were randomly chosen to receive sweatshirts, hats and miniature statues of the Michelin Man.

In a take on the traveling yard gnome photo fad of the past several years, Putnam said that one winner, Athol native Jessica Hall, has taken her statue to various landmarks in the North Quabbin area, such as to the top of Mount Grace in Warwick, and taken photos and posted them on Pete’s Tire Barn’s Facebook page, which can be found at www.facebook.com/petestire.

Other promotional giveaways and contests are planned, with a Facebook photo contest currently underway. The contest asks persons to take creative pictures of their cars and tires, or themselves with their cars, and post them on Facebook. At the end of April, those who post the most creative, humorous or original photos will be chosen to receive a variety of prizes, which will be sent anywhere in the country. Participants do not need to be local and do not need to make a purchase.

“We’re trying to make it fun,” said Putnam, “and have people asking themselves, ‘Oh, I wonder what they’re going to give away next?'”

Putnam and Turilli stressed the company’s intent with Facebook and Twitter is to garner feedback and create an on-line forum for customer interaction.

“We’re trying to avoid spamming our fans and are limiting sales-oriented [postings and tweets],” said Turilli. “We’re not using [the sites] as a billboard for Pete’s Tire Barns.”

Of the company’s Facebook fan base (which currently numbers 560), Putnam pointed out that the median age range is 35 to 44, with about 61 percent being female and 38 percent being male. She added those statistics are helpful to the company with regard to its marketing efforts.

The company also has an Internet presence on LinkedIn, but “Facebook has proven to be the most interactive,” said Putnam.

Commenting on what Turilli brings to the company, Putnam said, “We are thrilled to have Ray Turilli on board with Pete’s Tire Barns as our new information technology director. As our business has grown, so has the need for someone solely dedicated to keeping the company up with the newest technology available so that we can better keep up with our customer’s needs. Ray brings with him many years of IT and e-commerce experience and, in the two months he has been here, we have already seen dramatic changes not in only in the way we interact with our customers, but also the way we communicate internally as a company.”

Putnam added that with so many locations, one of the biggest challenges is the way in which information is shared internally to keep the company uniform in its practices and policies. “Ray has implemented a new employee-only intranet Web site to be able to share a variety of information such as our employee handbooks, training material, new promotions, current sales and advertising campaigns, as well as updating the employees on new employees, promotions, and also some lighter information, such as employee milestones — marriages, births, and other personal achievements. All of this information can be accessed remotely and is proving to be an extremely valuable tool,” she said.

The e-commerce operation at Pete’s is currently a two-man operation, but it is expected to expand as the on-line store grows in the future.

“When Pete’s Tire Barns was started in 1968, no one could ever have imagined such a thing as the World Wide Web where you could literally research and buy your product from the convenience of your own home, or for that matter, from your cell phone,” said Putnam. “The advancements in technology and how we do business are ever-changing and, ten years from now, there will be new ways of doing business that we haven’t even dreamed of yet. This technology is not limited to any particular generation either. I know people in their 70s and 80s who are on-line. The bottom line is that we are in the business of serving our customers, and understanding the way in which they want to do business is vital to our growth.”

No More Spare Tire

No more donuts, the life and death of the spare tire.

It’s true, you’ve heard the death knell, as more and more car companies are shaving weight in order to raise fuel economy the spare tire is getting the boot. In place of a spare tire, they have put in a can of tire sealant and a pump. Let’s take a look at the difference between the two.

The spare tire is, well, a spare tire. Since its early days, the automobile came with a spare tire, back then punctures from stray horseshoe nails were common, now its curbs, nails and other road hazards and debris. Should you have a blowout or sidewall damage, you’ll be able to replace the damaged tire with the spare until you are able to get it fixed or replaced. The Mini Spare or “donut” tires can be driven up to 50mph and should only be driven up to 80 miles before they are replaced with a normal tire. Most cars and some light truck tires come with this type of spare which come mounted on a rim and fit conveniently in the truck of the vehicle.

The tire sealant and inflator kit, while they will fix a majority of tire punctures, won’t fix everything. The good news, filling a tire with sealant is a much less labor intensive generally it can be much faster. The bad news, if the rim is bent, if it is a large puncture or it’s a damaged sidewall, the damage won’t be fixed by the tire sealant. Unfortunately this leaves a higher likelihood of leaving you stranded.

Is there a good fix, not really, but there are steps you can take so that your tires are prepared for whatever the road has in store. 1. Check your tire pressure, how many times have you heard this before? Without proper tire pressure your tires can’t perform the way they were designed. You’ll get less gas mileage, be more susceptible to tire damage, and your tires will wear faster and less even. 2. Know where you’re going, driving through a construction site or the set of a transformers movie, is probably going to give you a flat tire. 3. Check your tread depth, with the penny test. If you put the head of a penny into your tire tread and it passes into the hair of Lincoln, then it’s time for new tires. When your tread depth is low, you’re more susceptible to tire damage. 4. Clear out the extra weight, most of us are driving around a glorified closet, clear it out. Remember when your car was new and there was nothing in it, go back to that. All the extra weight in your car adds up to lowered fuel economy and more wear and tear on the components (more weight is more work for the breaks and the suspension).

It’s not often that you’ll have to change or fix a flat, but, having the confidence that you’ll be able to do so when the time comes time is important. Waiting for a tow truck or AAA to come and fix your tire is not only time consuming and can be a costly service. A spare tire generally weighs in around 20-30 pounds for a “donut”, translating into a few extra pennies a year in extra gas expenditures’. Any money saved will quickly be lost if you should ever have to use a towing service. The spare tire is going to become more and more absent from new vehicles; would you feel comfortable without one?

Pete’s Tire Barns Donates Soccer Balls to Iraq

Athol Daily News 3/26/2009

Pete's Tire Barns Donates Soccer Balls
DONATION APPRECIATION — The 25-person U.S. Army Military Transition Team 2nd Division, Iraqi Army, Mosul, Iraq, recently received a number of donated soccer balls from Pete’s Tire Barns Inc. in Orange to be distributed to impoverished children in Iraq. The group sent a letter of appreciation and this photo to the company in response.

ORANGE — Pete’s Tire Barns Inc. recently donated a number of soccer balls to be distributed to impoverished children in Iraq.

In response, the company has received the following letter from the U.S. Army Military Transition Team 2nd Division, Iraqi Army, Mosul, Iraq, expressing appreciation for the donation:

“On behalf of all the Griffin Team, I want to thank the owners and managers of Pete’s Tire Barn, of Orange, Mass., for your generous donation of soccer balls to the impoverished children of Iraq. My team and I are U.S. Army Soldiers stationed in Mosul, Iraq. We are a 25-person combat advisor, military transition team. I have included a picture of us. Our role is to live and work with Iraqi Soldiers in an effort to strengthen their capability to provide security for the city of Mosul, which is the third largest city in Iraq.

“In doing our mission, we leave the compound daily with the Iraqi Army and visit various neighborhoods throughout the city. Very often, we encounter hundreds of children across the city who live in poverty and have very little money, resources, shelter or equipment to organize any form of sporting event. One sport that is extremely popular is soccer. As we drive by, we see kids holding up both of their hands signaling a request for us to throw them a soccer ball. We have hundreds of Beanie Babies and other toys that we do provide to them, but many would prefer a soccer ball so they could play with each other in a team sport.

“Just after we arrived in October 2008, I was lucky to have had donated 10 soccer balls which we gave out along our routes. We were amazed at the enthusiasm and raised spirits of the kids when we threw out a soccer ball. In every case, the kids immediately started up a scratch soccer game. It was wonderful to see. I can absolutely assure you that we will distribute your donated soccer balls every day we go out. This will bring many smiles to many Iraqi kids.

“Additionally, it helps to show a good American image of giving and, I truly believe, it helps keep the Soldiers in perspective about people who have very little and keeps in check what we are here trying to do. In other words, this helps keep our Soldiers motivated in doing the right thing and working hard despite the separation from friends and family and the danger they endure every day.

“Our Soldiers are proud to help the Iraqi Soldiers learn their craft so eventually, one day, our U.S. Soldiers and civilians may return to the United States, having made a difference in bringing safety and security to the people of Iraq, so that they may live in peace and enjoy the freedoms we enjoy in the United States.

“Again, thank you very much for your generous support.

“LTC Bob Brown, Executive Officer, U.S. Army Military Transition Team 2nd Division, Iraqi Army, Mosul, Iraq.”