Fountain Tire took its commitment to Edmonton to a whole new level to mark the opening of its new corporate office.
Athletes from the city’s Crossfit Lazarus Gym came to the company’s new offices at Fountain Tire Place and put on an unforgettable show of Edmonton grit in three grueling 40-meter earthmover tire “flipping” races. On hand to provide a light-hearted colour commentary was actor/comedian, Thom Sharp, who is well known to Canadians as Fountain Tire’s “bald guy” spokesperson.
The earthmover tires “flipped” in the dramatic competition by racers Nicole Schellenberg and Whitney Wilson weighed 88 kilograms (195 pounds), while those used by Richard Bodnaruk and Peter Li weighed in at 124 kilograms (274 pounds).
Following the races, the company presented a cheque for $10,000 to the Edmonton branch of the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS). The donation is part of the company’s long-standing commitment to giving back to communities.
“The tremendous effort by these outstanding athletes symbolizes the high-level skills and determination to excel that Edmontonians bring to work every day,” said Brent Hesje, Fountain Tire’s CEO. “Our decision to invest in Fountain Tire Place reflects Edmonton’s stature as a world-class home for business, and we are committed to basing our corporate office here for the long haul.”
The company credits the city’s business friendly climate and robust post-secondary education infrastructure with playing an integral role in the company’s success, particularly in attracting and retaining high quality employees.
The new offices at Fountain Tire Place employ 131 Edmontonians. The facility’s mission is to provide the company’s network of 155 tire and automotive service stores with a complete business program, so managers can focus exclusively on serving their customers.