FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (BRAIN) — Todson has signed a deal to exclusively import Hutchinson bike tires and tubes. Hutchinson tires will be sold and marketed in the U.S. by Todson and its independent rep force. Todson currently sells Topeak, Elite, Velox and Onguard. The French tire brand rounds out its product assortment and is the only rubber brand carried by Todson.
Roy Hough, general manager of Hutchinson Tire North America, will continue to provide overall market guidance and direction for the French tire brand and help with the transition. Earlier this year Hutchinson closed its U.S. sales office, laying off four full time employees.
As part of the deal, Hutchinson gains 20-plus independent reps. Hough said the partnership will help Hutchinson accelerate its dealer-direct business. He said Todson has worked with Hutchinson in the past.
Rick Dyer, national sales manager for Todson, said, “We provide economy of scale and can leverage our brands … We have a marketing agency we work with, a media agency we work with. We have more leverage with reps and more contact with individual dealers. They’re not just calling us for one category; we have different categories that people want or need. That’s the biggest thing. As a …read more