by Tina Olivero

    OK Tire: $100 million-dollar Canada-wide expansion plan

    OK Tire has announced plans to upgrade and relocate their Newfoundland distribution centre from the town of Clarenville to Mount Pearl. The move is part of their $100 million-dollar Canada-wide expansion plan over the next five years.

    “The move to Mount Pearl from Clarenville, Newfoundland will allow for a more streamlined distribution strategy with a better assortment to become more aligned with market demands,” says Mike Rutherford, COO of OK Tire. “The site is conveniently located in the industrial area and will provide key access to trucking and transportation options as well as major highway access, providing an enhanced dealer service model”.

    The new Mount Pearl centre will span 16,000 square feet, and is better-located to meet the needs of the dealers and customers in the area.

    “At the heart of this project is a need to better serve our dealers and, by extension, our customers,” says Jim Caldwell, President & CEO OK Tire Stores Inc. “With an increase of approximately 30 dealers per year, our distribution centres need to effectively keep up with the growth. This move will help secure our business for future opportunities.”

    The distribution centre expansion is the first major initiative of OK Tire’s five-year growth plan. Adding over 500,000 square feet to OK Tire’s network over all regions in Canada, the program is the largest expansion in the company’s 66-year history.

    About OK Tire

    OK Tire is the largest independent tire and auto service retailer in Canada and the fourth largest in North America. It has been part of the Canadian landscape since 1953. There are over 300 independently owned and operated OK Tire locations across the country. Each franchise location is unique within its geographical area, tailoring its offerings to meet customers’ needs, and covering everything from the front bumper to the back. www.oktire.com

    Tina Olivero

    30 years ago, Tina Olivero looked into the future and saw an opportunity to make a difference for her province and people. That difference came in the form of the oil and gas sector. Six years before there was even a drop of oil brought to the shores of Newfoundland, she founded The Oil and Gas Magazine (THE OGM) from a back room in her home on Signal Hill Road, in St. John’s, Newfoundland. A single mother, no financing, no previous journalism or oil and gas experience, she forged ahead, with a creative vision and one heck of a heaping dose of sheer determination. With her pioneering spirit, Ms. Olivero developed a magazine that would educate, inspire, motivate and entertain oil and gas readers around the world — She prides herself in marketing and promoting our province and resources in unprecedented ways. The OGM is a magazine that focuses on our projects, our people, our opportunities and ultimately becomes the bridge to new energy outcomes and a sustainable new energy world. Now diversifying into the communications realms, a natural progression from the Magazine, The OGM now offers an entirely new division - Oil & Gas Media. Today, The Oil and Gas Magazine is a global phenomenon that operates not only in Newfoundland, but also in Calgary and is read by oil and gas enthusiasts in Norway, Aberdeen, across the US and as far reaching as Abu Dhabi, in the Middle East. Believing that Energy is everyone’s business, Ms. Olivero has combined energy + culture to embrace the worlds commitment to a balance of work and home life as well as fostering a foundation for health and well being. In this era of growth and development business and lifestyle are an eloquent mix, there is no beginning or end. Partnering with over 90 oil and gas exhibitions and conferences around the world, Ms. Olivero's role as a Global Visionary is to embrace communication in a way that fosters oil and gas business and industry growth in new and creative ways.

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