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Fountain Tire Place 1006 103A Street SW, Suite 301
Edmonton, Alberta,T6W 2P6
On September 24, 1987, Fountain Tire sold 49% interest of its business to Goodyear Canada; this move was a first for the industry, yet has ultimately proven to be a mutually beneficial partnership for both companies. Not only was Goodyear able to enjoy its par... more.
Thunderwolves Hockey - News - Fountain Tire, Musselwhite Mines, and Wolves Score for George Jeffrey Foundation!
Fountain Tire Thunder Bay Manager Darcy Hunter said his company is proud to be a partner in such a worthy cause.
The new 25,000-square-foot full-service commercial centre is set to go up on Fort William Road at the corner of Burbidge Street, Fountain Tire manager Darcy Hunter says.Construction will begin as soon as plans are approved by the city.Fountain Tire, with over 140 stores from Thunder Bay westward, is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year.To mark the occasion the company is building the commercial centre which will incorporate the services of its two current Thunder Bay locations - a tire store on Bay Street and a tire retread station on Gore Street - and expand to offer mechanical and alignment services for passenger vehicles and light- and heavy-duty trucks.The new facility will also have an on-site warehouse, Hunter adds.Presently staff are forced to make several trips each day to a separate warehousing spot.Hunter, who came to Thunder Bay last year specifically to plan and oversee the project, says staff and customers alike are excited for the project to begin.Even contractors are eager for construction to start."I already have a list of contractors who are willing to jump right in on the contract," he says."I've had at least eight people submit applications to do the work."Fountain Tire recently purchased a two-hectare lot from Auto Auctions, a used car dealership, for the commercial centre.The property is already zoned heavy industrial, but Hunter says there are still a few details that need to be worked out with the city, such as landscaping."The city says it wants to help get things going quickly," he says."If I'm in by the fall I'll be pretty happy."Construction, he says, will likely take six months or less, and aside from the jobs the construction phase will create, the company plans to hire another seven people to staff the bigger facility."We'll more or less double the number of employees we had in February of (2000)," he says."There are 13 people working at the two locations right now."Hunter is confident Fountain Tire will see a jump in business once the new store opens.The current Bay Street store is difficult for transport trucks to access, and therefore trucking companies are forced to take their business elsewhere, he adds."I don't blame those people who go somewhere else" because we're not easily accessible, he says."Certainly, from my point of view, I would be frustrated too."We're trying to do a commercial business out of a retail location.We've actually had to fix tires on the street.We've had to call the police and have them block off traffic so we could fix tires."Fountain Tire also has four mobile units that do work off site for customers who are unable to bring their equipment or vehicles to the store.The new commercial centre, however, will be easily accessible and it will have 11 drive-through bays that can accommodate an entire transport truck, including the trailer, Hunter says.That feature was particularly appealing to businesses that were consulted when the building was being designed.Hunter says nearly 40 per cent of Fountain Tire's business comes from the forestry and mining sectors, but notes the company "handles everything from wheel barrels to forklifts.
Says Darcy Hunter, manager of Fountain Tire Thunder Bay: "We enjoy supporting the Foundation because we know they provide essential services to families across the region, services that are not available anywhere else.
At the same time, we wanted to raise the money in a way that would be fun, and would get people excited about the campaign. I think we found the perfect audience in the fans of the Thunderwolves - no other team in the OUA comes close to the level of attendance for a game played on home ice!" Hunter is hoping to get more local and regional business involved for the 2006-2007 season, and invites anyone who is interested to contact the Foundation for more information.: "It was a great feeling to attend the games and cheer on our local boys, knowing that the better they perform, the more money we raise for the Foundation.
Fountain Tire - Musselwhite Mine | George Jeffery Donation Update
Says Darcy Hunter, manager of Fountain Tire Thunder Bay: "We enjoy supporting the Foundation because we know they provide essential services to families across the region, services that are not available anywhere else.At the same time, we wanted to raise the money in a way that would be fun, and would get people excited about the campaign.I think we found the perfect audience in the fans of the Thunderwolves - no other team in the OUA comes close to the level of attendance for a game played on home ice!" Hunter is hoping to get more local and regional business involved for the 2006-2007 season, and invites anyone who is interested to contact the Foundation for more information.: "It was a great feeling to attend the games and cheer on our local boys, knowing that the better they perform, the more money we raise for the Foundation.
Welcome to ILRC Thunder Bay
ILRC Executive Director, Wendy Savoy (right) presents Darcy Hunter, Manager of Fountain Tire Thunder Bay, with a Thank You to all the Fountain Tire staff for their hard work and dedication to the local Wheels in Motion Event.