Distribution Stox expands into Ontario with Provincial Tire Distributors acquisition

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BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec — Distribution Stox, a partnership of several large Quebec tire distributors, has acquired Provincial Tire Distributors Inc., a Barrie, Ontario-based company in business for more than 30 years.

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Winter tires mandatory on most B.C. highways starting Tuesday

British Columbians travelling most of the province’s highways will need to have winter tires equipped, starting Tuesday.

Motorists driving on those highways without the correct tires risk a possible fine of $109 and could be turned back from their destination.

Approved winter tires in B.C. either have the M+S (mud and snow) or three-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol. Winter tires must also have at least 3.5 millimetres of tread.

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With winter approaching, it’s time to plan ahead for safe driving

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Richmond, B.C., September 30, 2019 – The chance of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash in British Columbia increases dramatically in winter. That’s why the Winter Driving Safety Alliance is reminding motorists and employers to plan ahead and drive safely in winter conditions.

On average, each year in B.C., the number of casualty crashes due to driving too fast for the conditions increases to about 236 crashes in December from about 126 in October – an 87 per cent increase (Crashes reported by police 2014 – 2018). For those who drive for work, about a third of all work-related crashes resulting in injury and time-loss claims occur in November, December and January.

To get the drive safely message out, the Alliance is launching its 11th annual Shift into Winter campaign tomorrow. The launch coincides with the law requiring passenger vehicles driving on designated highways in B.C. to have four matched winter tires (three-peaked mountain and snowflake, or mud and snow) with at least 3.5 mm of tread depth starting on October 1, while commercial vehicles must be equipped with chains.

The Shift into Winter campaign includes a website – ShiftintoWinter.ca – that provides information for motorists and employers on how to stay safe on the road this winter, whether they are driving for work or pleasure. To promote the campaign and website resources, the Alliance is running a series of ads in newspapers and magazines, on transit buses and radio, and through social media.

Winter means different things in different parts of the province. From rain and fog in the south, to snow and ice in the north. Winter conditions – such as colder temperatures, rain, snow, black ice, reduced visibility and fewer daylight hours – can present serious hazards for all drivers, professional and otherwise.

The Winter Driving Safety Alliance offers the following tips for motorists:

  • Install a set of four matched winter tires.
  • Give your vehicle a pre-season maintenance check-up.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle.
  • Conditions change, so be prepared and plan ahead:
    • Check current road and weather conditions on DriveBC.ca – If possible, postpone your plans and avoid driving when road and weather conditions are poor.
    • Plan your route ahead of time – Tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to arrive and avoid any roads that may become dangerous during bad weather.
  • Slow down – The posted speed limit is the maximum speed under ideal driving conditions. If inclement weather hits, slow down and drive with extra care.
  • Maintain a safe following distance – Look ahead and keep at least four seconds of distance between you and the vehicle in front.
  • Invest in winter driving training – Learn how to brake safely, get out of a skid, and how your car handles in winter weather.

More tips for motorists on how to prepare themselves and their vehicles can be found on ShiftintoWinter.ca.

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OK Tire, Hockey Canada Now Partners

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OK Tire has announced a four-year partnership with Hockey Canada.

According to the company, this partnership is aligned with OK Tire’s commitment to supporting and engaging with the community throughout the country. OK Tire will serve as the official tire retailer and auto service provider for Hockey Canada and Team Canada as per this agreement.

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Atlas Tire Hosts Fall ATU

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Retailers learn about the latest product, and the future of our industry.

Many of Atlas Tire’s customers attended the latest instalment of Atlas Tire University. The retailers in attendance had the opportunity to learn about the latest tires directly from the many tire manufacturers in attendance.

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AIA Canada Releases New Report for ASPs

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AIA Canada has announced the release of its latest report ‘Under the Hood: How Canadians View Vehicle Maintenance and Repair’, for the benefit of automotive service providers.

The report is available free of charge for AIA Canada members, while non-members may purchase it for $199.

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AirBoss continues to expand anti-vibration parts business

NEWMARKET, Ontario—AirBoss of America’s efforts to remain on a profitable course while making significant investments to expand its plants and upgrade its capabilities are continuing to pay dividends.

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Ontario government launches $10M automotive sector modernization program

Ontario Economic Development Minister Vic Fedeli used Monday’s annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Moldmakers in Windsor to announce the launch of a $10 million program aimed at modernizing the province’s automotive industry. Dubbed the Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (O-AMP), funding will be distributed over three years across the entire province’s …

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Bridgestone Americas Announces Leadership Changes

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Bridgestone Americas has announced changes to its senior leadership structure, effective from September 16.

Aligned with the global leadership changes within its parent company Bridgestone Corporation, the new changes are a part of its initiative to develop global leaders throughout the company.

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Enviro Systems moving forward on proposed tire recycling plant in Buffalo

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Scandinavian Enviro Systems A.B., the Gothenburg, Sweden-based tire pyrolysis technology firm, is moving forward with plans for a tire recycling plant in Buffalo jointly owned by Enviro Systems and a Canadian recycling concern.

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