Built on Excellence
‘Our mission is to serve our customers – nothing else. It is not the products or services we sell but helping the customer make the proper decisions through the buying process that will benefit the customer the most. Giving them the confidence, satisfaction, and peace of mind that they are happy with their decision. We are a guide in the process, with the customer ultimately confident they gained the wisdom to make a prudent decision for themselves.’
Mark Kauffman - 3rd Generation President & CEO.
Treadmaxx® Tire Distributors was founded as Kauffman Tire in 1936 in Wooster, Ohio, by Harry and Eva Kauffman. The Kauffmans worked off of the premise of treating every customer with the utmost respect while delivering the best products and services at a fair price. This philosophy allowed a once fledgling company to prosper during turbulent economic times and is the cornerstone of our company today.
In the 1960s, Harry and Eva’s son John joined the company. He oversaw a major operational expansion by opening its first wholesale center in Wooster, Ohio.
In the 1970s, after Harry’s retirement, John Kauffman opened a warehouse in Atlanta, Georgia. Later that decade, John decided to relocate the company’s headquarters to Atlanta, where we remain to this day.
The ‘80s and ‘90s brought significant growth and changes to both the company and the tire industry at large. In the mid-1980s, the industry changed the way it measured tires, migrating from bias based measurements to radial. This change expanded the possible tire size options for the customer across the entire product spectrum. During this time, the company continued to open both wholesale centers and retail stores in Georgia, Ohio, Texas, and Florida.
In the mid-’80s, John’s son Mark joined the company and soon took over duties as President. Mark Kauffman oversaw some of the most substantial changes and expansions by growing the business in states the company had a presence in and expanding into Alabama and North and South Carolina.
In 2018, Mark Kauffman sold the retail division of Kauffman Tire and rebranded the wholesale division as Treadmaxx® Tire Distributors. This move allowed us to focus on having the right products and services in the right places at the right time.