Les Schwab Tire Centers’ history goes deep in Oregon. Founded in 1952 by Les Schwab with a single store in Prineville, Oregon when he bought OK Rubber Welders, the corporate headquarters were moved to Bend in 2008. Les Schwab Tire Centers employs over 7000 people in nine Western states and there are stores in Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
A vision of bringing together service, value, and convenience for their customers has always been Les Schwab Tire Centers’ mission since its time as a single tire store in Central Oregon. This mission also involves, at its core, a company culture of partnership, giving people more for their money, and rewarding employees for their expertise and hard work. This earns peoples’ trust and thus everyone benefits. An essential tenant of the Les Schwab Tire Center’s mission is being involved in their local communities, supporting such local organizations and events that build character, help those in need, and promote vibrant and healthy communities.
Along with tires and wheels, both general and commercial, Les Schwab also sells a variety of other auto parts and auto-related services, including brakes, shocks and struts, tire chains, and batteries, as well as performing safety checks and alignments.
With Les Schwab’s death in May of 2007, ownership remained within the family. However, in September of 2020, CEO Jack Cuniff announced that the company would be sold to a San Francisco investment fund. The sale, to Meritage Group LP, was finalized in November of 2020.
However, Les Schwab’s vision remains at the center of the company’s culture. Their goal is to carry on with and expand upon this with living strong values, growing great kids, and making this possible with local community involvement.
With their rich history and their commitment to remain true to the values and vision of Les Schwab and his family, Les Schwab Tire Centers will continue to prosper and add value to the communities they serve.
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