Our History

It started with one service station in British Columbia. In 1953, Tom Foord founded Kal Tire on a single belief: that high-quality products at a fair price backed by superior service would result in satisfied customers.
Aptly named after the landmark Kalamalka Lake in beautiful Okanagan Valley, Kal Tire has grown to become Canada’s premiere tire dealer and a global leader in the mining tire industry. But since those first days, one thing hasn't changed: Tom's fundamental commitment to customer satisfaction. It is at the heart of Kal Tire.

1953

Tom Foord forms Kal Tire with a single service station in Vernon, British Columbia.

1955

A second location opens to service the local forestry industry.

1960

Kal Tire is awarded the Rogers Pass Highway contract in the Selkirk Mountains, British Columbia.

1962

A new service and truck center opens in Kamloops, British Columbia.

1972

The Kal Tire Mining Tire Group is formed. Kamloops plant adds retreading facilities.

1975

The mining side of business grows with further expansion throughout British Columbia.

1980

Service capabilities are expanded with the opening of an industrial service center in Vancouver.

1990

Further expansion leads to a major presence in the Oil Sands mining market in Alberta.

1991

Nationwide expansion and new service centers enables service across 5 provinces in Canada

1997

Kal Tire move into South America, beginning operations in Chile.

2002

Kal Tire move into Ontario and add a second Canadian retread plant.

2004

Kal Tire develops the True Tire Technology (TTT), a Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

2007

Kal Tire extends mining operations into Mexico.

2009

Kal Tire becomes the first truly global mining tire service company following expansion into Africa, Europe and Australia.

2010

Australian operations receive a further boost with the addition of key service locations.

2011

Kal Tire’s African footprint increases by securing large contracts in Sierra Leone & Mozambique.

2012

Kal Tire Canada opens a new administrative center in Vernon. African operations begin in Zambia and further into South Africa. Tire recycling project gets underway.