Distributor of the Year Finalist

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Updated Oct 17, 2012

Logo Untitled 1Tom Stewart, president

Carolina Rim & Wheel

Why did you start the business?

Threesome Untitled 1John MacClements, recognizing the need to maintain the company as a family owned and operated business, asked me to join the management team. Starting in 1977, I have served in many positions including operations, sales and management before being appointed president in 2004.

Describe your current role in the business:

President and CEO.

What is your business strategy?

Crw Untitled 1To provide quality parts from a trusted source.

Where do you see your business five years from now?

The economic outlook can certainly alter any five-year outlook but my hope is to expand our product offering and meet customers’ changing requirement and remaining an independent distributor.

What is the biggest challenge facing your business today and what are you doing to respond to it?

Smile Untitled 1PEOPLE, PEOPLE, PEOPLE finding and retaining people is the greatest challenge facing my business today. Promotion from within is always a good place to start, but we continue to network with suppliers and others looking for quality employees.

What is the accomplishment you are most proud of?

That we are an independent family owned and operated company for more than 85 years and that we have been able to remain debt free during these tough economic times.

What sets your business apart for its competitors? What makes it unique?

Scoreboard Untitled 1Our people and the relationships they have developed with our customers over the years, providing quality parts and excellent service at a fair price, is a trifecta for success.

Name of Company: Carolina Rim & Wheel

Headquarters Address: 1308 Upper Asbury Ave., Charlotte, N.C. 28206

Website: www.carolinarim.com

Founded: 1926

Owner(s): Thomas M. Stewart, president, Patricia M. Stewart, chairman and secretary, John W. MacClements, vice president

Number of Locations: 5

Number of Employees: 59

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