LOUISVILLE, KY. Toyo Tires USA announced that it is making “significant investments” in its commercial tire sales force this year as it recommits to the commercial tire business.

Gary Hendricks has been named director of commercial truck tire sales, effective April 1, as part of the changes, announced last week at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Hendricks will be responsible for dealer, fleet and original equipment sales growth. Lowell Slimp, another Toyo Tires veteran of the commercial truck tire business has been promoted to senior product manager of commercial truck tires and will be responsible for commercial product development and technical activities in the United States. Slimp will work within the Product Planning and Technical Services group at the company’s USA headquarters in Cypress, CA, and will be the primary interface with the commercial tire R&D operations in Osaka, Japan for new product development projects and line expansions.

“Toyo Tires has had a long, rich history in commercial truck tires since coming to the United States in 1966,” said Roy Bromfield, chief operating officer, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.  “These personnel promotions and the significant growth planned for our commercial sales team in 2013 demonstrates our commitment to the commercial truck tire market and supports our planned growth in the coming years. We have the technology, the global manufacturing capacity and the market knowledge to grow our business in the USA; it is time to put more people in the field to support our dealers and develop our business.”

Toyo is also increasing its marketing initiatives, including a new iPad application. The app is a powerful mobile resource that provides easy access to Toyo Tires product information including training, features, size and specifications and brochures, the company said. It can be used in a variety of training and selling environments including trade shows, sales meetings and dealer showrooms. 

The app will be available for free download in the iTunes store beginning in April.