Coker Tire Celebrates Opening Of New West Coast Facility

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
The Coker Group’s new 100,000 square foot West Coast facility hosted a grand opening event, attended by local dignitaries, elected government officials, automotive celebrities, VIPs and select automotive media.
The Coker Group’s new 100,000 square foot West Coast facility hosted a grand opening event, attended by local dignitaries, elected government officials, automotive celebrities, VIPs and select automotive media.
- photo by The Coker Group

Coker Tire opened its new 100,000-square foot West Coast distribution and wheel manufacturing center this past week in City of Industry, Calif. Local dignitaries, elected government officials, automotive celebrities, VIPs and select media were on hand to celebrate the company’s grand opening, which also saw a custom car display, tours of the facility and live music.

The firm’s new West Coast facility serves multiple purposes as a steel and wire wheel manufacturing plant, tire warehouse and distribution center allowing the company to assemble and ship products to customers in the Western United States and around the world. 

Attending the grand opening event were city of Industry Mayor Tim Spohn, who presented The Coker Group’s owner, Corky Coker, with a proclamation from the city, as well as Congressman John Campbell and representatives from the offices of California Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, California Assembly Member Ian Calderon and Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina.

"We were honored to celebrate the Grand Opening of our West Coast operation in city of Industry with so many California car guys, friends, business associates, celebrities and elected officials,” said Mr. Coker. “While so many companies in the automotive aftermarket seem to be leaving California, we at Coker Group intentionally chose California with its huge automobile culture, availability of skilled work force, not to mention year round convertible weather.  We now employ more than 40 California residents who produce steel and wire wheels and ship our collector tires and wheels from our new Los Angeles-area facility.”

In addition to serving as a manufacturing plant, warehouse and distribution center, the City of Industry facility also includes a small collection of vintage cars, motorcycles and assorted automobilia that is open to the public. Eventually, the company will hold regular visitor tours of the mini museum as well as guided tours of wheel production facility where enthusiasts can watch their wheels being made.

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