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Changing Gear: Truck tech help from Bridgestone, Kenworth of South Louisiana, Webb Wheel, Donaldson, Anderson Flaps of trucking’s top vendors stepped forward last week with lots of helpful services and tips to maximize uptime and keep your big rigs rolling. Here’s a brief sample:

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations unveiled its newly rebranded GCR Tires & Service division, with a goal to provide standardized service across all of its U.S. locations by offering the same hours of operation, Tire Industry Association-trained technicians, a nationally connected sales force and one website for all locations. The service offering includes tire maintenance and repairs, onsite service, 24-hour emergency response, Bandag retreading and more. The letters of GCR reflect the last names of the original company founders, Balie Griffith, Harold Crawford and Perry Rose. The first GCR operations opened in 1945 in Odessa, Texas.

Kenworth of South Louisiana isn’t quite nationwide yet, but its regional growth is nonetheless impressive. They recently opened a new parts and service location with two service bays near U.S. Highway 90 in Lake Charles. The new Kenworth of South Louisiana dealership is located on 12 acres at 441 S. Goodman Road, just off U.S. Highway 90 and about 1/2 mile east of exits 10B and 11 of Interstate 210. The Lake Charles location joins four other dealerships under the Kenworth of South Louisiana banner in Carencro (Lafayette), Harahan, Houma and Port Allen. The Lake Charles location is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. The phone number is 337-405-7856.

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