GREENVILLE, S.C., July 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Michelin® and Sears® are celebrating 50 years in business together. In that half-century, Sears has sold more than 135 million MICHELIN tires, more than any other retailer. Sears was also instrumental in bringing radial tires to U.S. customers in 1965, when it signed an agreement to sell MICHELIN Radial tires under the Allstate trademark, even before Michelin opened its first manufacturing sites in North America.
"Fifty years ago Sears and Michelin took a big risk together when they signed a treaty to sell radial tires in the U.S.," said Scott Clark, chief operating officer of Michelin North America's passenger and light truck tire division. "The radial tire technology, which was yet to be proven in the U.S., helped consumers experience tires that lasted twice as long as bias-ply tires, and were more fuel-efficient and comfortable. The partnership with Sears has been a long and successful one for both of our companies, and we look forward to continuing to sell our MICHELIN®, BFGoodrich® and UNIROYAL® tires at Sears in the future."
"Sears Auto Centers is proud to have sold more MICHELIN tires than any other retailer," said Brian Kaner, who leads Sears Holdings' Automotive business. "Together over the past 50 years, Michelin and Sears have seen many changes in the auto industry, the nation's highway system and the cars people drive. But one thing has been constant – Sears Auto has been there to help Americans maintain their vehicles, including providing innovative and high-quality tires from Michelin and its brands. We're excited to mark this special occasion with our teams at Sears and Michelin. In today's competitive marketplace, two teams working together for 50 years truly is a significant accomplishment."
Sears and Michelin will mark the anniversary with a number of promotions and special events throughout the months of July and August including an online sweepstakes where one lucky Sears Shop Your Way ® member will win a four-year lease of a Chevrolet Camaro.
About Sears Auto Center
Sears Auto Center is a leading provider of automotive maintenance and repair services and parts, with 673 locations nationwide offering a full array of passenger and light truck tires, including RoadHandler™, Michelin and Goodyear; DieHard® batteries, Craftsman® auto accessories and more. Sears has a long history as America's trusted place for car care, having offered auto parts since 1905 and service since 1931. Sears Auto Center offers customers convenient locations and hours - open seven days a week, as well as an extensive menu of services. Sears Auto Center is a division of Sears, Roebuck and Co. For more information on Sears Auto Center please visit www.SearsAuto.com. Facebook: www.Facebook.com/SearsAuto | Twitter @SearsAuto
About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com, landsend.com and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard – among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 14 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.
About Michelin North America
Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America www.michelinman.com employs more than 22,750 and operates 20 major manufacturing plants.