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Local business honored

Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company presented Warren Tire with a plaque for 45 years of service Thursday. On hand for the celebration included (from left) former Warren Tire Manager Jeff Warren, Warren Tire owner Jim Warren, and Goodyear representatives Joseph Drinkuth and Les Minor.
For close to 50 years, Clay County residents have always been able to rely on Warren Tire when there was the unsightly flat.

On Thursday, the Brazil business was honored by The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for its continued service.

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company representatives Joseph Drinkuth and Les Minor presented Warren Tire owner Jim Warren with a plaque and letter of recognition for the local businesses' 45 years of service in Brazil.

Drinkuth said the national company hands out plaques on a 5-to-10-year basis.

"It's rewarding for us to stand back and take a look at our dealers that are providing for their community," Drinkuth said. "I think this says a lot about Warren Tire."

Jim Warren, 83, opened Warren Tire on June 5, 1962. Since then, the business has stayed at the same location, 220 E. National Ave., Brazil. Previously, he operated a tire business in Lawrenceville, Ill.

Warren's son, Jeff, said throughout the years, many people have told them the building housed several different companies, including a roller rink. In fact, Jeff said there is still an original 1934 Goodyear Tire neon sign in the building that is lit up in the evenings.

Jeff worked at Warren Tire from 1981-2004 before leaving due to health issues. However, he said working for the family-owned and operated business was worth it.

"It's been wonderful," Jeff said. "I never second guessed it. It worked out for me.

He served as the businesses' manager prior to leaving in 2004. Currently, Jim's daughter, Jean Bowles, is manager.

Several plaques adorn the office walls. But Thursday's award was special for Jim.

"It's pretty nice," Jim said. "But (the time) came by pretty fast."

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