Hercules Tire Canada has announced the addition of five new tire sizes to its Hercules-brand line. "We’re expanding our entire commercial tire line across the board to better serve the growing demands within this market," said Rob Keller, vice-president of Hercules Tire Canada. "This includes sizes for all applications such as light-duty delivery vehicles and tires for low platform trailers. New sizes will include 215/75/17.5, 235/75/17.5, 245/70/19.5, 8R19.5, and 315/80/22.5. These tire sizes are set to roll out to dealers during the first quarter of 2005. Additional sizes are slated to be added by that time. "These days, fleet managers and owner-operators are looking for ‘bottom-line’ and ‘cost-per-mile’ savings. We’ve positioned Hercules-brand tires as reliable — and viable — alternatives to the national brands, especially when it comes to drive tires," Keller said. "Further savings, of course, are realized by re-treading or re-capping tires." According to Keller, in Eastern Canada, the 2004 projected medium truck replacement tire market is roughly 900,000 units and Hercules Tire’ share is approximately 40, 000 units.