Kal Tire is Canada’s largest independent tire dealer and one of North America’s largest commercial tire dealers with over 250 Kal Tire retail and commercial stores in Canada, warehouse facilities and 10 retread manufacturing plants. In addition, Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group is an international leader in mining tire service and supply, servicing more than 150 mine sites across five continents.
Founded by Tom Foord in 1953, and based in Vernon, BC, Kal Tire has expanded steadily and now employs more than 6,500 team members internationally.
Over the last 66 years, customers have grown to trust Kal Tire for its commitment to service and integrity. Today, there are more than 250 Kal Tire stores from British Columbia to Ontario, with more opening each year. Most of the small market stores are ‘mixed’, serving both retail and commercial customers. Most recently, Kal Tire’s growth has been focused on ‘retail only’ stores in major urban centres. Kal Tire offers an impressive selection of tire brands on the strength of long-term relationships with a key group of manufacturers that include: Bridgestone / Firestone / Bandag, Michelin / BFGoodrich, Continental / General, Yokohama, BKT, Nokian Tyres, Nordman, Sumitomo, Nitto, Pirelli, Multi-Mile, Carlisle, Goodride and Sailun.
“If we sell it….we guarantee it!” is a sign you will see in every store. Kal Tire’s Customer Care Plan for personal-use vehicles features free tire rotation (rotating tire positions), free flat repairs, lifetime balancing on original assembly, and a 30-day no hassle replacement guarantee.
Kal Tire’s commercial tire programs are designed with the sole purpose of keeping its customers competitive. A broad range of products coupled with an unmatched, 24-hour service keeps customers rolling at the lowest cost per kilometer possible. Some other benefits of partnering with Kal Tire are:
- 24-hour road service (serviced by more than 200 Kal Tire stores)
- ISO Certified retread plants (medium truck, industrial, OTR)
- CORE Safety Certification in every province we operate
- Certified training programs for every level of work (Service, Management)
- Customized billing services
- Wheel refinishing
- Customized tire programs
- Detailed fleet surveys
- Tire performance tracking (compares tire wear and fuel costs)
- Equipment cost analysis by unit number
- Purchasing analysis
Other full service programs also include:
- Light Duty Fleet
- Small OTR
Mining Tire Group
The Kal Tire Mining Tire Group is an international leader delivering best-in-class customized solutions that ensure maximum productivity for all tire service, supply and safety needs. We are the only tire service provider capable of handling all a customer’s tire requirements on an international basis. For 40 years, the Mining Tire Group has been building an enviable reputation for innovation, reliability and outstanding service.
Kal Tire is able to provide a fully outsourced solution including tire procurement, forecasting, management, fitting, tooling, and innovative tire monitoring systems along with 24-hour service and training.
In addition to mine sites, Kal Tire’s tire management service can also be found at ports, construction projects, quarries, steel mills and sugar cane plantations. Kal Tire is involved in many notable projects, including the expansion of the Panama Canal.
Kal Tire has four warehouse facilities strategically located across Canada to service the more than 250 store locations. Products are distributed from the warehouses and retread plants via a dedicated fleet of 48 tractors and 350 trailers. This distribution system is designed to ensure customers have the product they need, when they need it.
To further enhance the distribution network, construction was completed on a container handling yard in Chilliwack, BC, and an expansion took place at the Brampton, ON, facility. Work is also underway to further expand the warehouse in Acheson, AB.
For more than 40 years Kal Tire has been manufacturing quality retread tires, having always believed that by deferring the final disposal, retreading is recycling. Retreading existing tires provides customers with a significant cost-effective alternative to buying new tires while significantly lowering environmental impact.
Kal Tire is the largest truck tire retreader in Canada. Using the Bandag process, the company is able to offer a variety of application-specific treads that provide superior fuel efficiency and tire wear. The organization has 10 Bandag retread facilities across Canada, retreading more than 370,000 tires a year.
The Mining Tire Group is one of the largest OTR retreaders globally with four OTR retread facilities two in Canada, one in the United Kingdom, and one in Ghana, West Africa. A retread tire solution is available to meet the needs of all earthmover tire users in any environment from the more traditional ‘smooth and groove’ form or using state-of-the-art remould technology.