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TA and Bridgestone Firestone Sign Exclusive Tire Sales Agreement

January 11, 2008

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Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire (BFNT) has signed a seven-year agreement with TravelCenters of America (TA) to sell Bridgestone and Firestone brand commercial tires at sites operated by TravelCenters of America and Petro Stopping Centers.

This agreement also makes Bridgestone the exclusive premium commercial tire offered by both TravelCenters of America and Petro:Lube truck maintenance and repair centers.
Singh Ahluwalia, president of truck and bus tires for BFNT, said, "The truck maintenance and repair shops of both brands are vital to our customer service and growth strategy. The TravelCenters of America and Petro:Lube truckstop network helps us fulfill our promise to our national fleet and owner-operator customers by being more accessible than any other truck tire brand. This exclusive agreement with TA is a real triumph.
Art Campagnoni, vice president of truck and bus tire sales, said, "Fleets can be sure that Bridgestone tires will be offered at more truckstop locations than any other brand. With the help of TravelCenters of America and Petro:Lube, we can service our customers quickly and efficiently so they can stay on the road hauling Americas freight."
TA operates and franchises TravelCenters of America and Petro Stopping Centers in 41 states in the U.S. and in Canada. The combined TravelCenters of America and Petro:Lube replacement tire network features more than 230 locations, over 950 service bays, nearly 2,800 technicians and 400 road service vehicles. The TA and Bridgestone Firestone agreement affects company-owned TravelCenters of America Truck Repair Centers and Petro:Lube Shop locations only; however, wide franchise participation for both brands is anticipated.

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