The Carlstar Group LLC (formerly CTP Transportation Products) is a leading producer of specialty tires and wheels for agriculture, construction, industrial, outdoor power equipment, powersports, towables and trailers. The Carlstar Group offers a comprehensive line of performance products for original equipment and aftermarket customers with a strong family of brands including Carlisle® tires and wheels, ITP® tires and wheels, Marathon tires, as well as Cragar®, Black Rock® and Unique® automotive wheels. Products are made in ISO-registered manufacturing facilities, supported by innovative product development and a team focused on customer satisfaction. The Carlstar Group employs over 4,300 associates in 22 facilities located in five countries. Since 1917, a culture of converting great ideas into advanced products has created a legacy of excellence in product innovation, quality and customer service.
"As the Official Tire of the American Bass Anglers Tour, Carlisle is a 'Best in Class' manufacturer that provides superior tire and wheel
products for today's bass boat market and our members depend on them daily. All Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series trailered
equipment ride on Carlisle Radial Trail RH tires and Black Rock wheels, and are towed from event to event an average of 35,000 miles per
year without tire failure."
- Morris Sheehan, President, American Bass Anglers Tour
Carlisle Tires. A Company History.
In 1917 Charles S. Moomy opened Carlisle Tire and Rubber Company in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to produce and sell inner tubes to Montgomery Ward and Company. With thirty employees, the Company grew and prospered until the Stock Market crash of 1929 and the beginning of the Great Depression.
Carlisle Tire and Rubber, like most other companies during the period, struggled through the Depression and became the subject of some corporate reorganization. The end of the depression and the beginning of World War II forced change upon the rubber industry. Because of the war, 95% of the natural rubber supply from the East Indies was blockaded, causing tire companies to manufacture with synthetic rubber.
Carlisle Tire and Rubber was purchased by Pharis Tire and Rubber Company in 1943. The Pharis Board of Directors liquidated the company in 1949, distributing all Carlisle stock to Pharis stockholders. The company was officially renamed Carlisle Corporation.
Moving forward to the 1990’s Carlisle acquired several wheel manufacturers to augment product offerings and the Company officially became Carlisle Tire & Wheel Company. These acquisitions include current sites in Aiken, South Carolina; Edwardsville, Kansas; Ontario, California; and Grand Prairie, Texas.
In 1994, Carlisle expanded manufacturing operations into the Asia Pacific region, acquiring a tire factory in Buji, China. In September, 1997 Canadian distribution operations were acquired in Waterloo, Ontario; Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. To expand lawn, garden and agricultural production capacity, Carlisle purchased a factory in Clinton, Tennessee and additional distribution operations in Slinger, Wisconsin in 2000.
In 2001, Carlisle expanded into the industrial belt industry, purchasing the industrial belt division of Dayco including facilities in Springfield, Missouri; Ft. Scott, Kansas; and Miamisburg, Ohio.
In 2007, a second Asian tire manufacturing facility commenced operations in Meizhou, China.
In 2010, a 670,000 sq. ft. distribution center was opened in McDonough, Georgia followed by a flagship 568,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Jackson, Tennessee.
In 2011 all tire, wheel and belt operations were consolidated, forming Carlisle Transportation Products.
American Industrial Partners (AIP) acquired the Transportation Products division of Carlisle Companies on December 31, 2013. Working alongside an exceptional management team and talented associates, AIP will drive operational enhancements to more efficiently and effectively serve the needs of customers.
The Carlstar Group LLC is headquartered in Franklin, TN with over 3,300 associates in 5 manufacturing facilities and 10 distribution centers located in the United States, Canada, Europe and China. The Carlstar Group is a worldwide supplier of specialty tires and wheels serving the agricultural, industrial, lawn & garden, and powersports markets. As in the beginning, The Carlstar Group remains focused on quality, performance, durability, value and continuous improvement.
The Carlstar Group is a proud member of:
Association of Rubber Products Manufacturers (ARPM)
Mechanical Power Transmission Association (MPTA)
National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM)
Outdoor Power Equipment Association (OPEAA)
Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI)
Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA)
Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)
Tire and Rim Association (TRA)
Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA)