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News   July 8, 2013   by CARS Magazine

Tire Discounter Group Acquires YKW Canada


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In making the announcement Richard Bender, vice-president business operations for Tire Discounter Group commented, “We are very excited about the acquisition of YKW Canada. It provides us with direct access to factory production in Malaysia and Thailand, which in turn will allow our dealers a stronger product offering to their customers. We view the tire and alloy wheel relationship very much as a ‘peanut butter and jam scenario’ especially given the continued demand for winter tire and wheel packages as well as a continuing passion by customers to individualize their vehicles” “We are pleased to have retained a number of key YKW employees and look forward to integrating YKW employees and products, into our Tire Discounter Group business model” said Bender

During the transition, YKW will operate out of Tire Discounter’s recently opened GTA Distribution Centre in Markham Ontario. YKW wheel products will be available from all TDG warehouses in Ontario  

Tire Discounter Group operates distribution warehouses in Orangeville – Barrie – Hamilton and Markham GTA; in addition to private TDG branded distributors in North Bay and Sudbury.  



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