Today, Continental Tire the Americas, LLC’s Commercial Vehicle Tire group (Continental Tire) and Quality Tire Service LTD, the largest independent tire dealer in Saskatchewan, celebrate their partnership with the opening of the first commercial tire retread facility in western Canada.
The new location will operate as a ContiLifeCycle facility, which is the umbrella for Continental Tire’s retreading operations. ContiLifeCycle is a cradle-to-grave solution that begins with a new Continental tire and continues with the ContiTread premium retreading solution, Continental says.
Today the 17,400 sq.-ft.-facility employs 15 people and has the capacity to produce up to 24,000 retreads per year. The plant is outfitted with new equipment and includes the latest technologies for manufacturing retreads exclusively for the province of Manitoba and Saskatchewan and will service more than 200 customers, Continental says.
“Growing our ContiLifeCycle distribution across Canada is our most important objective,” says Paul Williams, Continental’s executive vice president for commercial vehicle tires in the Americas. “Partnering with service focused distributors like Quality Tire Service LTD in an effort to reduce overall driving costs to our fleet customers will be what drives mutual success of both dealers and fleets. We could not have chosen a better partner for the provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba and look forward to many more of these partnerships that also help to bring jobs and boost the Canadian economy into the future.”
Continental says the Saskatoon facility is the first of many ContiLifeCycle plants planned for the region and is a key component of Continental Tire’s aggressive growth strategy for ContiLifeCycle in Canada.