Americana Tire and Wheel Offers Support During COVID-19


ELKHART, Ind.Kenda Tire / Americana Tire Division shares that during the current COVID19 pandemic, in addition to distributing tires, wheels and assemblies, the company has implemented added support to customers, employees and the surrounding communities, as well.

Keeping employees safe

While the towable trailer industry has experienced diminished demand and many operators have closed or reduced hours, Kenda Tire / Americana Tire Division and Dexstar Wheel remain fully operational and dedicated to maintaining employees throughout the pandemic. All Kenda Tire / Americana Tire Division facilities are operating within the state-mandated guidelines, providing employees with appropriate medical masks, performing facility surface sanitization and putting the most rigorous sanitation practices into action. Headquarters and regional staff members are operating either from home or if at the office; employees are adhering to the recommended six feet of social distancing while continuing to support customers.

“Our entire organization has stepped up during this unique time to maintain our business operations to the best of our ability,” said Jeff Pizzola, COO, Kenda.

Producing hand sanitizer

Kenda American Technical Center in Akron is temporarily producing hand sanitizer using the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions’ approved formula.

“We’re shipping our Kenda-branded sanitizer to all Kenda Tire / Americana Tire Division facilities and our associate companies for our employees and customers to help fight the spread of the virus. Plus, each shipment arrives with additional bottles of sanitizer to distribute into our local communities for firefighters, police departments, hospitals, assisted living centers and nursing homes. In total, we are giving out 30,000 bottles of hand sanitizer,” said Dave Craig, President, Americana Tire and Wheel.

Supporting neighbors

To thank those on the front lines in Elkhart, Ind., Kenda Tire / Americana Tire Division employees have been dropping off much-appreciated restaurant gift cards to the brave firefighters, police, nurses, doctors, and nursing home staffs in recognition of their efforts. A token of gratitude that simultaneously supports local eateries.

Plus, to combat the PPE shortage for healthcare workers, as a global company with wide-reaching relationships, Kenda Tire / Americana Tire Division helped the community of Elkhart, Ind., by securing and donating medical masks to Elkhart General Hospital.

For some of its neighbors, food is in short supply, too. The Elkhart community food pantry helps the thousands of unemployed individuals put food on the table – to aid them in restocking, Kenda Tire / Americana Tire Division provided monetary support to Church Community Services.

“We’ve all been impacted by COVID-19 and in different ways. Between Kenda Tire / Americana Tire Division and Dexstar Wheel, our goal has been to combine forces to provide support; however, we can to this diverse group of affected people. We are grateful to be able to offer these tokens of our appreciation and for our employees to have the opportunity to say thank you to their community,” said Dave Craig, President, Americana Tire and Wheel.

About Kenda Tire / Americana Tire Division

Kenda Tire / Americana Tire Division, a division of global tire manufacturing leader Kenda, is its premier North American distribution arm serving original equipment manufacturers and distributors in the towable trailer, utility, RV, marine and agricultural industries. Providing quality tire, wheel and assembly solutions across a wide range of steel and aluminum wheels, Kenda Tire / Americana Tire Division offers a controlled approach throughout the value chain from design, manufacturing and quality control to distribution and aftermarket service – enhancing both the performance and value of towable, utility and RV platforms. Operating four large distribution centers, Kenda Tire / Americana Tire Division has become synonymous with exceptional service and superior quality products, including Kenda Loadstar tires – designed and manufactured in company-owned facilities.

For more information, please visit www.americanatire.com

About Dexstar Wheel

Dexstar Wheel, a division of global tire manufacturing leader Kenda, is its North American steel rim and wheel manufacturer serving some of the largest original equipment manufacturers and distributors in the trailer and RV industries in the world. ISO certified Dexstar is distinguished by a long history of quality, unsurpassed service and high capacity automated state-of-art operations. At the core of its reputational and manufacturing excellence are strong engineering and technical capabilities – automation and robotics strengths, along with the use of the highest quality materials to produce products superior in the industry. In Elkhart, IN, Dexstar is committed to doing the right thing the first time every time – a philosophy
of continuous improvement delivered by quality people to exceed customers’ expectations.

For more information, please visit www.dexstarwheel.com

About Kenda

Founded in 1962, Kenda is a global leader in tire development and manufacturing. With over 12,000 employees and factories worldwide, Kenda continues to expand product offerings in the automotive, bicycle, powersports, trailer/specialty, and wheelchair markets. Kenda takes pride in operating under the core values of honesty, innovation, quality, and customer service to provide the highest level of products and services to customers across the globe.

For more information, please visit www.kendatire.com


Source: Kenda Tire / Americana Tire Division Press Release