, has signed an agreement to assume operation of eight Pilot Truck Care Centers in five states.
Though operated by Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems LLC, the Truck Care Centers will retain the Pilot name upon initiation.
Pilot Travel Centers, the nation’s largest retail operator of travel centers catering to the professional driver and traveling motorist, operates 271 travel centers in 40 states and licenses 13 locations throughout Kansas, Montana, Iowa and Nebraska. Pilot Truck Care Centers are currently in eight locations.
Pilot and Wingfoot hope to expand by the end of 2005, according to a statement by Goodyear. The Goodyear-operated Pilot truck centers will provide trucking fleets with new tires, retreads, limited mechanical service, preventive maintenance and roadside assistance combined with an on-highway presence.
Pilot Travel Centers is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. and employs 13,000. The travel centers are owned by Pilot Corp., based in Knoxville, and Marathon Ashland Petroleum, of Findlay, Ohio. For more information on Pilot Travel Centers, go to www.pilotcorp.com.
Goodyear is the world’s largest tire company, manufacturing tires, engineered rubber products and chemicals in more than 90 facilities in 28 countries. Goodyear employs more than 80,000 people worldwide. For more on Goodyear’s commercial tire systems, go to www.goodyear.com/truck.