STOW — Mickey Thompson’s street, racing and off-road tires and wheels are now rolling out of a new facility in the company’s hometown of Stow.
Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels recently opened its state-of-the-art headquarters and warehouse. The new location features 20,000 square feet of office space and 200,000 square feet of warehouse. Office space in the old facility covered 10,000 square feet and the warehouse was only 110,000 square feet in size.
The company celebrated the move with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 1 at its new address: 4651 Prosper Drive, Stow.
The facility serves as the eastern distribution center and corporate headquarters for Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels, which includes both the Mickey Thompson and Dick Cepek brands. Their parent company is Cooper Tire and Rubber Company of Findlay.
Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corp. had announced this fall it had acquired this 219,765-square-foot industrial building, brand new, at a purchase price of $19.5 million, according to a press release from Monmouth. The property is net-leased for 10 years to Mickey Thompson Performance Tires and Wheels and is guaranteed by Cooper Tire and Rubber Company, a Delaware Corporation. The building is situated on approximately 15.4 acres and is expandable by 50,000 square feet, the release said.
"We are excited to expand into a new facility, including our new ultramodern warehouse, which will allow us to continue to provide exceptional service and the best racing and off-road tires and wheels to our customers," said Dominick Wycoff, president of Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels. "Furthermore, we’re thrilled to be able to do this in our hometown of Stow, Ohio."
Wycoff welcomed visitors to the new headquarters, which are across the street from the former location, M/T’s home for 12 years. "I'd like to thank our board chair for always supporting us and the city of Stow," he said. "It's been a great partnership and this is just another example of that. We look forward to the future and creating growth and other opportunities."
Mayor Sara Kline and representatives of her administration, City Council and the Chamber of Commerce were on hand, as well as Mickey Thompson officers, managers and employees. The Stow headquarters has 55 employees, all full-time.
Following a light reception, Mayor Kline and Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber Executive Director Doris Stewart led the ribbon-cutting ceremony that included the team of M/T employees. Visitors were then invited inside to look around.
Tours of the offices and warehouse were led by Tom Gerity, customer operations director, and Jason Moulton, product development manager. M/T Vice President Ken Warner whose office is in Lake Elsinore, Calif., was present, as well as Phil Kortokras, chairman of the company’s board of directors.
Interior designs, wall art and memorabilia pay tribute to racing and the company’s founder. The late Mickey Thompson was the first American to break 400 miles per hour in 1960. Colors are vibrant with a lot of reds and checkered flag designs. Watercolors of race cars and photos of father-and-son racers Mickey and Danny Thompson adorn the walls.
"It’s an amazing facility," said Kline. "We are so happy and grateful that Mickey Thompson stayed and expanded here in Stow. It’s really an impressive facility and operation here."
"I think this facility is fantastic," said City Councilman John Pribonic. "We don't really know what's in our city until we see it and this is something to be very proud of. I think that today when you walk around the warehouse, this new facility, it really puts Stow on the map."
"They moved across the road, expanded and stayed in Stow," said Stewart. "We're so happy to have them here."
Max-Trac Tire Co., Inc., DBA Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels, markets racing and high-performance tires and wheels for street, strip, truck and off-road applications. The company was founded in 1963 by racing legend Mickey Thompson and is headquartered in Stow. For more information, visit www.mickeythompsontires.com. Connect on Facebook and Instagram.