Continental and BestDrive LLC have announced the sale of six company-owned BestDrive retread locations to lifelong ContiLifeCycle dealer Conlan Tire. This decision aligns with Continental’s strategy of supporting the growth of its independent ContiLifeCycle dealers and ensuring maximum support of fleet customers across the United States, while positioning BestDrive for continued growth in other regions.
The sale includes one retread plant in Dallas suburb Grand Prairie, Texas, as well as commercial centers in San Antonio, Houston, and Longview, Texas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Little Rock, Arkansas.
“This sale is not indicative of any plan to exit the retail business,” confirmed Continental’s Tom Fanning, head of U.S. market for Truck Tires. “This decision strengthens Continental’s presence in a key region and gives BestDrive the flexibility to expand into other areas of the country. Continental fleet customers across the U.S. will benefit from this move. We are excited about our growth and expansion with Conlan Tire.”
Conlan Tire has been part of the ContiLifeCycle network since the dealer was founded in March 2017. The dealer has experienced rapid growth, with now 25 locations nationwide, a testament to the growth potential that Continental provides to its partners.
“We’re excited about this opportunity to represent the ContiLifeCycle network in this region,” said Alex Conlan, owner of Conlan Tire. “We’re committed to bringing customers the very best service and retread products available in the market.”
Continental’s commitment to retreading also provides sustainability improvements, in line with the company’s Vision 2030. Each retread tire saves almost 40 pounds of raw material, including rubber, steel, and carbon black, as well as 15 gallons of oil, according to the Retread Tire Information Bureau. The Bureau also calculates that retreading truck tires in the U.S. reduces carbon emissions by 396,000 tons annually, since the retreading process generates 70% less emissions than production of a new tire. Continental designs its commercial tire casings for retreading, helping to protect the environment and deliver the Lowest Overall Driving Cost for fleets and owner-operators.
Continental develops pioneering technologies to make commercial fleets safer, more efficient, and more connected. With innovative tire technology and digital fleet solutions, Continental optimizes tire lifecycle management to deliver the Lowest Overall Driving Cost to fleets and become the preferred partner to our independent tire dealers. Continental is currently one of the five largest brands in medium/heavy truck tires in the U.S. by market share.