Founded in 1953, Kal Tire is Canada’s largest independent tire dealer and tire services provider with over 250 stores. It is also a global leader in mining tire services with 150 international mine sites. The company’s success can be attributed to several guiding principles, which Kal Tire refers to as The Aims. By fulfilling The Aims, each of Kal Tire’s 5,600 employees is personally contributing to the overall success and safety of each customer, guest, and team member.
As the Assistant Manager of one of Kal Tire’s British Columbia stores, Chris Binks oversees the success of the store’s operations, which includes fulfilling the Kal Tire Aims, and empowering his team members to do the same. Two important Kal Tire Aims include “earning the trust of our customers by providing them with a level of quality and value of both service and products that exceeds their expectations…” and “build long-term relationships with our suppliers based on competitiveness, value, and mutual respect of objectives.” This is where Kal Tire’s supplier of air compressors, VMAC, comes in.
VMAC is the leader in mobile compressed air innovation, designing and manufacturing the most innovative mobile air compressors and multi-power systems available. Kal Tire’s service trucks are predominantly outfitted with VMAC UNDERHOOD air compressors, but they also have a VMAC Gas Driven Air Compressor on one of their service trucks. This rotary screw air compressor delivers 30 CFM at 100% duty cycle, and does not require a bulky air receiver tank to be added to the service truck. Chris knows that his technicians appreciate the convenience of having full air power on demand, minimizing downtime, and customers appreciate how quickly jobs can be completed. The Gas Engine Driven Air Compressor (G30) is also 50% lighter and smaller than the average 22-30 CFM gas drive air compressor with a 30-gallon air receiver tank. The compact and lightweight compressor means big benefits for Chris’ fleet with more available space in the back of the service truck.
For Chris, the main benefits to the VMAC Gas Engine Driven Air Compressor are the improvements to his team’s workflow. “There’s zero lag on air tools under high demand,” notes Chris, who says jobs are finished faster than ever before. Chris also appreciates the “excellent technical support” that VMAC provides to their dealer network and users, to ensure operators can get the tech support they need while on the clock.
The benefits associated with the VMAC Gas Driven Air Compressor have alleviated common pain points that many operators suffer from, including time wasted waiting for air and equipment downtime, but for Chris at Kal Tire, it’s hard to remember a time before using VMAC air compressors to complete their tire services. “We’ve been using VMAC for so long that old issues have been forgotten,” says Chris, who appreciates knowing his team can rely on their VMAC G30 Gas Engine Driven Air Compressor to get the job done and fulfil The Aims of quality service and exceeding customers’ expectations.
This story was originally published in Heavy Equipment Guide’s January 2018 issue.