GREENVILLE, S.C., Sept. 20, 2016Michelin Tweel Technologies announced that Free Service Tire Company, Inc. has joined the MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® SSL dealer network, expanding commercial dealer coverage in the eastern Tennessee area for the MICHELIN® 12N16.5 X® TWEEL® SSL All Terrain and Hard Surface skid steer airless radial tire. Free Service Tire offers farm, industrial, construction and automotive/light truck tires as well as a complete range of commercial services, including repairs, inspection and alignments by trained technicians.

Free Service Tire provides professional service to commercial customers with MICHELIN®, BFGoodrich® and UNIROYAL® products that include agricultural, construction, earthmover, industrial and skid steer loader tires. The fourth-generation family-owned business operates 18 locations and an Oliver retread plant, which is collocated with an industrial retreading plant capable of retreading the Tweel airless radial tires and OTR tires up to 57 inches. The locations include:

  • Johnson City, Tenn.
  • Kingsport, Tenn.
  • Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Bristol, Tenn.
  • Morristown, Tenn.
  • Oak Ridge, Tenn.
  • Roanoke, Va.

The commercial locations in Kingsport and Knoxville will offer the Tweel airless radial tires. 

“We welcome Free Service Tire into our dealer family,” said Jack Olney, director of sales for Michelin Tweel Technologies.  “Continuously serving the Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia area for 98 years clearly demonstrates the level of quality, service, value and commitment this dealer provides to its customers.”

The X TWEEL SSL is Michelin’s highly advanced airless radial tire designed for skid steer loaders.  The only commercial product available to offer the combined advantages of no maintenance, no compromise and no downtime — the X TWEEL SSL requires no air, thereby eliminating the risk of a "flat tire."  The X TWEEL SSL also provides industrial, construction, agricultural, and landscape users the advantages of no air pressure maintenance, easy mounting, damage resistance, increased operator comfort, reduced operator fatigue and improved productivity. To learn more about the MICHELIN X TWEEL airless radial tire, visit

“Free Service Tire prides itself on evolving, changing and adapting to the needs of the marketplace,” said Harrison Wexler, executive vice president of Free Service Tire. “By adding the award-winning MICHELIN X TWEEL SSL All Terrain and Hard Surface products to our portfolio, we are offering the next generation of mobility solutions for skid steer operators.”                                                         


About Free Service Tire Company, Inc.

Since 1919, Free Service Tire Company has provided customers with quality service and value.  Today with 18 locations across five states, 200 employees, four wholesale centers and two commercial tire centers and the only off-the-road retread plant in Eastern Tenn., the company is well into its third generation as a successful, family-owned business. The company message of "plan your work, and work your plan" is the reason the company has been around for 98 years. Visit for more information.

About Michelin North America, Inc.

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 has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires.  Since 1989, Michelin has received 80 J.D. Power tire customer satisfaction awards—five times the number of all other tire manufacturers combined. In addition to tires, the company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America ( employs about 22,700 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants.


Mary Ann Kotlarich

Michelin North America, Inc.