Heartland Interstate Services Company Finds Tire Shortage

MARION, Ill. (KFVS) – We told you about the shortage of truck drivers and delays in shipments, companies are now facing a new challenge: getting the tires they need to keep their fleets on the road.

“We have to work very hard, harder than ever before,” said Shawn Hughes, director of operations at Vernell’s Interstate Service.

According to Vernell’s COO, a shipment they previously received in one day sometimes takes them a few weeks.

“What we used to do, we would walk around here and order our tires, okay, and get on with our day. Turns out I have at least three people all day, that’s what they do is track them down and we send our equipment, or our people to fetch those tires to provide to our customers. Hughes said.

He said Level 1 brand tires are the hardest to find; and even the cost of tires is increasing.

“Your average tire will cost between $ 20 and $ 50 more than a year ago,” said Hughes.

He said if you need to replace tires in the near future, you should start looking now.

“Then you have to reach out to your suppliers and tell them you want them now. You might not put them on, but you might want to buy them now, if you’re inclined to that specific brand of tire, ”he explained.

Hughes said no problem was to blame for the tire shortage.

“We think it’s all about the lack of manpower, the shipping cost and the issues there, it’s the perfect storm,” he said.

Vernell’s reminds drivers that tire rotation and proper inflation can extend tire life.

To compound these shortages, trucking companies that deliver tires and other essentials across the country are struggling to find workers.

Vernell’s also made the trip to Romeoville, Illinois to pick up a load of tires.

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