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Hankook Tire was established in 1941 in Seoul, Korea, and started manufacturing tires in 1942 with just 110,000 tires a year. Presently Hankook Tire is producing 50 million tires a year. In 1962, Hankook made Korean history when they began exporting car tires for the first time. By 1974, Hankook developed their first Korean Radial Passenger Tire. Continued growth in foreign trade helped the company exceed the $100 million level in 1980. In 1981, Hankook Tire opened its first sales branch in the United States, and continued to grow to what it is today with branches in 16 countries.
Hankook Tire was ranked in the top ten for larges tire manufacturers in 1991. A strategic alliance was formed in 2003 between Hankook Tire and Michelin Group, the Global Market Leader in the tire industry, making history as Hankook continued to expand.
The success of Hankook Tire is contributed to the mission to "ensure value for every customer in every Hankook product." To achieve this mission, Hankook uses high-quality products and superior service at both the corporate level and in dealerships worldwide. Hankook's mission contains five goals: to remain a leader in customer satisfaction, to be one of the best-known tire brands, to consistently provide top-quality products, to maintain a highly knowledgeable and motivated work force, and to achieve significant growth and strong financial results.
Hankook Tire distributes the Ventus V2 Concept, which is a High-Performance All-Season tire. This tire has a special tread compound that is formulated for excellent grip in both wet and dry conditions, but can still perform as well as most summer tires. Adding to the handling, Hankook incorporated a modest kerf density across the tread to aid winter traction without sacrificing the capabilities of wet and dry handling. To ensure that the rims on your high-performance vehicle do not get ruined, a reinforced Rim Guard was added to the sidewall of the tire.
The Optimo H724 is a standard touring all-season tire that Hankook believes is perfect for any touring vehicle. This tire features a streamline symmetric patter and an optimized center rib with a multi-kerf design. The Center Rib gives the H724 improved handling and stability, with decreased noise from the tire. A five-pitch technology reduces tire noise for a quiet ride, making this tire one of the best sounding tires of the market. To decrease chances of hydroplaning, Variable Lateral Grooves maximize water discharge rapidly from the tread patch.
Way back in April 1921, a group of tire dealers met at the old Automobile Club of America on West 54th Street and founded our association pledged, "To do business on the square." J.R. Benedict of the Hewitt Rubber Company, a tire manufacturer, called the initial meeting. Jerome T. Shaw of Tires magazine assisted in arranging the first meeting. In 1934, the association held its largest meetings and took an outstanding part in problems as they related to the independent tire dealer. It was at this time the name was changed to Greater New York Tire & Battery Association. In June 1937, the association entered into a contract with Charles F. Root under which Mr. Root assumed the general management of the organization.
For many years, no apparent need for a local organization seemed to exist and the only function held was the annual dinner dance. In 1969, Bert Schwarz asked Fred Dresdale, a past president of the National Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association and a member of our local organization, to take the presidency. Under Fred's guidance, along with the help of men like Al Hansel, Dan Chiswick, Harry Jaffess, Steve German, Frank L. Cohen and Herb King, the organization was revitalized. The name was changed again to the Greater New York Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association. In 1989, the Officers and Board of Directors enacted a new set of by-laws to encompass the entire state of New York. Hence, the new name of the organization, the New York Tire Dealers Association. So if you need tires in New York, check out some of our members today!
Phone: (631) 789-9505
Address: 258 Broadway
Amityville, NY 11701