HERCULES TIRE TO DISTRIBUTE BRIDGESTONE AND FIRESTONE BRANDS THROUGH by jay16344

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         VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING
         419-425-6400

FOR RELEASE:                 June 15, 2009


  HERCULES TIRE TO DISTRIBUTE BRIDGESTONE AND FIRESTONE BRANDS
   THROUGH ITS TDW (TIRE DEALERS’ WAREHOUSE) LOCATIONS ON THE
                           WEST COAST

Findlay, Ohio: Hercules Tire & Rubber Company announces it will distribute Bridgestone and
Firestone brands through their TDW (Tire Dealers’ Warehouse) locations on the West Coast
effective immediately.

“We’re excited to add tier one Bridgestone and Firestone brands to our TDW product portfolio
on the West Coast. The addition of Bridgestone and Firestone brands will allow us to better serve
the independent tire dealers in that region with an even wider array of products,” says Bill
Trimarco, President and CEO of Hercules Tire.

“Hercules’ TDW locations are committed to quality customer service and their strategic footprint
on the West Coast makes them a desirable fit with our distribution in those markets,” adds Rudy
Beach, Director of Consumer Replacement Sales of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations,
LLC.

The TDW business model allows independent tire dealers unparalleled access to a variety of
manufacturer brands at all levels in the tire industry, in a depth of sizes, including their
proprietary Hercules brand.

“At TDW we pride ourselves in being a strong supplier, not a competitor, to the independent tire
dealers in the regions in which we operate. Our range of products and depth of sizes will be
enhanced by this new relationship with Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC,” says
Trimarco.

TDW will begin selling the Bridgestone and Firestone brand light truck and passenger products
immediately at their West Coast locations in Compton, Bakersfield, and Union City, California.
Their Portland, Oregon location will follow within the next 90 days.

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For more information visit us online at www.herculestire.com or call 800-677-3573.



About Hercules Tire & Rubber Company
The Hercules Tire & Rubber Company headquartered in Findlay, Ohio, is a leading tire marketer of
replacement tires in the USA, Canada and globally in more than 90 countries. Hercules offers an
extensive selection in passenger, UHP, light truck, medium truck, trailer, off-the-road, industrial and
specialty tires manufactured by its worldwide supplier network. Hercules has developed a strong
reputation among its customers for its broad range of quality products, making the Hercules brand and
its associate brands some of the most sought after proprietary brands in the industry. In addition,
Hercules distributes over 20 leading national branded tire programs and collectively offers over 10,000
skus.
Hercules operates regional wholesale warehouses in California, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Florida,
Ontario, and New Brunswick, under the name TDW (Tire Dealers’ Warehouse) or Hercules Tire Canada.
Hercules operates on an international basis from warehouses in the USA, Canada, and China under the
name Hercules Tire International.



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