Not that long ago, Torrey Blackburn ran into a former classmate who asked what he was doing these days. When Mr. Blackburn replied that he was selling wheels and hubcaps, the classmate responded incredulously, “You've been doing that forever!” Well, not forever; but you'd still be hard-pressed to find many…
Rolling along: Weatherhead 100
If you look around at Blackburn’s Hubcaps & Wheels, signs of growth are everywhere. Owners Jimmy and Torrey Blackburn just moved the business, which sells replacement wheels on the secondary market, to a new 145,000-square-foot facility and they’ve added five new employees with plans to add more.
“Probably one of the biggest reasons for our success as of lately is the market,” Jimmy Blackburn says. “Your consumer can buy a product from us for about 65 percent off what the new dealer list price is. In a tough economy, everybody is looking for some cost savings across the board, no matter what product they’re buying.”