Bangor Tire Company, Inc. began in 1927 when Arthur Wardwell and Howard Collmer took over the operation of a B.F. Goodrich Company Store located at 123 Franklin Street in Bangor.
The Company initially sold just Goodrich Tires and Willard Batteries. As time went on, major appliance lines and a line of generator sets were added to the products being sold.
During the earlier years, a part ownership of the business was sold to Percy E. Merrill, who had joined the firm as a Bookkeeper during its first year of operation. This management team operated the business until 1957, when Mr. Percy Merrill bought out the interests of the other two owners and was joined by his son, Eugene A. Merrill.
The business continued at the Franklin Street location until 1969, when it was decided that a more up-to-date place of operation was needed. A suitable building was found at 35 Market Street, and duly acquired. Necessary renovations were made, and in June of 1970, Bangor Tire Company opened for business at its new location, with Eugene A. Merrill assuming the Presidency of the Company, and Percy Merrill continuing as Director.
In 1971, employees George E. McClare and Jim J. Rocha joined the firm as minority stockholders, and the direction of sales emphasis began to shift from retail sales and wholesale distribution, to sales to the transportation industry, and industrial users. This proved to be a wise business decision, since Sales and Revenues showed constant and steady increase.
Sales remained generally in a growth pattern following this change in ownership. Steady increases in the tire and automotive service increments of the business prompted the discontinuance of the Appliance and Generator Set Divisions during 1983.
No further organizational changes occurred until 1986, when heath reasons forced the premature retirement of Treasurer George E. McClare, who sold his interest in the company to the remaining stockholders.
Also in 1986, Bangor Tire Company assumed operation of Center Street Exxon, a filling station conveniently near the Market Street location, enabling the company to further increase the volume of automotive repairs.
The established company policies continued, and at the end of 1989, President Eugene A. Merrill sold his financial interest in the business to Vice-President, Jim J. Rocha and served as a consultant and part time Sales Representative until December 1999 when he retired. As new owner, Mr. Rocha assumed the presidency of the Company.
With the growing need for commercial tire service and sales, in the fall of 1999, the Company rented 2.5 bays at the end of Bangor Truck & Trailer's building on Odlin Rd. in Bangor, where volume and sales increased.
As business continued to grow at that location, the owners recognized that there was a need for even more space and a better location in order to capitalize on sales and service even further. In April, 2002, the Company was able to expand the Commercial Division into a 6 bay location and warehouse at 514 Coldbrook Road owned by Dysart's. This proved to be a wise business decision as it was reported that sales were doubling due to this change.
In June, 2003, Craig Wooster, Service Manager at Market Street, and Robbie Porter, Store Manager of the Commercial Tire Division, became joint owners with Jim Rocha. The new organizational chart developed with Jim Rocha as President, Craig Wooster as Vice President and Robbie Porter as Treasurer.
The new management team soon added the Shine Shop and Market Street Motors. During the off season mechanics work on used cars and then Market Street Motors sell the finished product making the customers an awesome deal. The Shine Shop an automotive detailing division rounds out the one stop automotive service experience for the customer.
Current operations of Bangor Tire Company include our locations at 35 Market Street, Soldier Pond, and our newest location at 514 Coldbrook Road in Hermon.
Bangor Tire Company is a proud supporter of the New England Tire & Service Association (NETSA), the Maine Better Transportation Association (MBTA), the Professional Logger Association (PLA), the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the Better Business Bureau (BBB), the Annual Soapbox Derby held in Bangor and University of Maine Hockey.