There was Mark Garrett. It was the mid-1960s and his employer was about to go out of business. Garrett was a B.F. Goodrich tire representative in town and the dealer was about to call it quits. So, with an eye toward taking care of his customers and maybe even a little self-preservation, Garrett decided to take action. “I started looking all over for someone to replace the dealer,” Garrett recalled. “And while I was doing this, I was also talking to bankers. Then Dale Weller and Don Whelan said if they were going to back someone in the tire business, it would be me. They were largely responsible for the financing that sustained us for several years. They offered to finance us.”
The result of the First National bankers’ confidence is G-B Tires, Inc., 2901 10th, a mainstay on the main drag since 1967. G-B Tires is a family-owned venture that Garrett said represents the past, present and future.