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Tier-Rack Corporation has been a leader in rack solutions and flexible warehouse racking systems for fifty years. The original Tier-Rack® pallet stacking frame converts regular warehouse pallets into sturdy storage racks in seconds without screws or bolts. And the Load-Nester® all-steel storage rack features light and heavy duty models of solid all-welded, knock-down, or nestable designs for all your material handling needs.

Store Winter Tires With Tier-Rack Tire Racks

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Tires are a year-round product.  From punctures to wear to accidents, tires are constantly needing replacement.  However, there are parts of the year, where, traditionally, more tires are sold.  How to know when to store tires is very important, as having tires on your tire racks is the most important part of selling them.  But when are the times that tire sales spike?  The answer lies in knowing when people need them.

The two main parts of the year for tire consumption are April and November.  In April, companies often drop prices on tires in order to encourage customers to replace tires before those summer road trips.  Nothing spoils a drive to a theme park like a flat tire.  In November, companies try to encourage replacing worn tires that may become dangerous during winter weather.  Nobody enjoys changing a flat on the side of the road in the snow, and worn tires, sans grip, are deadly in snow and ice.

How can you be prepared as a retailer? Tier-Rack Corp of St. Louis, MO has been providing custom designed and manufactured tire racks since 1955.  Tier-Rack has created hundreds of customized racks for every shape and size of tire, using wire mesh and perforated decking to support the tires while keeping them from warping during long periods of non-use.  Let us show you how our years of manufacturing experience can provide you with quality earthmoving machine tire racks at a very affordable price. We buy steel tubing directly from the tube mills in truckload quantities. Then our talented and efficient teams in our low overhead production facilities transform the steel tubing into high quality portable racks that have been designed to meet your needs. Give us a chance to prove to you that nobody does it better than Tier-Rack! Whether you need 100,000 tire racks or 10 tire racks, Tier-Rack is your best choice.  Visit www.tier-rack.com today!

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Use Your Warehouse Space Right With Tier-Rack

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Tire businesses across the world have a space problem. There aren't a lot of ways to keep tires stored that do no damage and are space efficient.  Stacking tires isn't effective, as it creates soft spots and wear patterns, and causes the tires to become lopsided and wobbly.  This makes mounting the tires difficult, and even dangerous.  Tires worn in patterns or that are lopsided can blow while driving, an extremely dangerous proposition.

Tier-Rack has solved this.  Warehouses and other businesses that need to store tire racks vertically can use the Tier-Rack Stack Rack, or Tier Tire Racks.  These stackable racks allow companies to store tires vertically, creating "stacks" that safely and securely store tires.  These custom-designed racks allow for both safety and ease of access for storage of tires, creating a warehouse that employees can easily access their tires from.  This makes warehouses safer and more efficient, saving money and time, and protecting both your inventory and your employees.

Let us show you how our years of manufacturing experience can provide you with quality car tire racks at a very affordable price. We buy steel tubing directly from the tube mills in truckload quantities. Then our talented and efficient teams in our low overhead production facilities transform the steel tubing into high quality portable racks that have been designed to meet your needs. Give us a chance to prove to you that nobody does it better than Tier-Rack! Whether you need 100,000 tire racks or 10 tire racks, Tier-Rack is your best choice.

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Tier-Rack Corporation has been a leader in rack solutions and flexible warehouse racking systems for almost sixty years. The original Tier-Rack® pallet stacking frame converts regular warehouse pallets into sturdy storage racks in seconds without screws or bolts. And the Load-Nester® all-steel storage rack features light and heavy duty models of solid all-welded, knock-down, or nestable designs for all your material handling needs. Our portable stacking racks and rack systems are designed to handle and store even the most fragile, odd-shaped, and awkward merchandise. They can be designed to transport two loads at a time. Our stack racks reduce handling time, stack four to six high, and they are capable of supporting thousands of pounds per unit load. All Tier-Rack racks are engineered with a "2-to-1" safety factor to ensure the racks will perform safely and last for decades.  For more information, visit www.tier-rack.com today.

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Let Tier-Rack Repair Your Tire Racks

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Tire Racks can be expensive.  They are necessary to keep your stock in good shape, but the price of steel makes them pricy.  If you already have tire racks, but they've gotten older and had a lot of wear, you may be thinking about replacing them.  Before you buy new though, think about utilizing Tier-Rack's repair services.  We can take your tire racks back to working condition and save you thousands of dollars.  If they're beyond repair, you can also buy used tire racks from Tier-Rack!

With the current high prices for steel, it is often more economical to repair a damaged stack rack than to make a new one. With Tier-Rack rack repair & fabrication team we can straighten, grind, refurbish, cut out and replace, touch up or re powder coat damaged sections of portable racks. Tier-Rack repair services will perform the repair work properly so that the original structural load capacity of the rack is maintained. We have the steel and fabricated parts that match the steel and parts on the original stacking racks.

Our fabrication specialists can also refurbish a specialized stacking rack or shipping rack. If your product has been redesigned and the old racks no longer

With Tier-Rack repair services, you are assured that you will have the same quality product with the repaired and reworked racks that you had with the new stack racks. Tier-Rack repair services can also repair pallet racking, bins, industrial shelving ,storage bins, carts, storage containers, tire racks, racks and shelving, used racks, storage racks, any material handling equipment or storage systems.work with the redesigned parts, Tier-Rack can modify your old racks to handle the new product. This may require replacing interior supports or supplying new dunnage – let us know what you need and we will offer a solution. Tier-Rack repair services also offers pallet rack repair, or any warehouse rack repair.  Repair rack is what Tier-Rack can do for you.

 
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Used Tire Racks Can Solve Your Storage Problems

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Not everything works as well after it's been used.  Gum comes to mind.  Also underwear.  However, sometimes, buying a product used can give you an advantage, and that's where Used Tire Racks come in.  Tire racks, while infinitely customizable, can be used by different businesses repeatedly, as many businesses sell the same type or size of tires.  This is where Tier-Rack can step in and make it easier for businesses to save money on their tire storage needs.

Tier-Rack helps find used racks that can fit the customer, and delivers them into the hands that need them.  We operate as a re-seller for racks that otherwise may be impossible to find, as we scour the country looking for the best deals on the widest variety of used tire racks.  Finding these aren't easy, but our staff of sales professionals can find you the used tire rack that you need.

As such, we also BUY used racks.  Many companies, when changing product or moving to larger/smaller facilities, will change and adapt their rack space accordingly.  We are there to help facilitate this process with you, to let you move on from your used tire racks and help you find a new home for them.  This allows us to have racks for our customers, and help keep everyone who wants to buy OR sell used tire racks happy.  

Tier-Rack Corporation has been a leader in rack solutions and flexible warehouse racking systems for almost sixty years. The original Tier-Rack® pallet stacking frame converts regular warehouse pallets into sturdy storage racks in seconds without screws or bolts. And the Load-Nester® all-steel storage rack features light and heavy duty models of solid all-welded, knock-down, or nestable designs for all your material handling needs. Our portable stacking racks and rack systems are designed to handle and store even the most fragile, odd-shaped, and awkward merchandise. They can be designed to transport two loads at a time. Our stack racks reduce handling time, stack four to six high, and they are capable of supporting thousands of pounds per unit load. All Tier-Rack racks are engineered with a "2-to-1" safety factor to ensure the racks will perform safely and last for decades.  For more information, visit http://tier-rack.com today. 

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Lead Time for Portable Tire Racks – Purchasing Considerations - 3 of 4

In almost any manufacturing process, production is as fast as the delivery time on the slowest component.  Tier-Rack is no different.  Our lead time and delivery schedule for stack racks is dependent upon delivery of parts, steel, decking components, paint and other materials required for assembly.  For carts, automotive racks or shipping racks, specialized parts or dunnage components may also be required.

Tubular steel is often the last arriving component.  Most producing tube mills operate with rolling cycles that may vary from two or three weeks to perhaps six or eight weeks depending on the size and demand for a given size of shipping rack.  Mill rolling dates are scheduled in advance since the mill must 1st   secure flat rolled coils in the proper gauges and then slit and reroll them to conforming feeder coils to serve the tube production. 

Our purchasing department at Tier-Rack works with multiple tube mills in our supply chain.  We visit the key producing mills and invite them into our plants.  This is done to gain a full understanding of their capacity and of our production needs.  Steel pricing is volatile and can vary widely during a calendar year.  At any given time, prices can vary by region, for example Great Lakes vs. Southeast. 

Common mill stocking sizes for tubular steel are 240” (20 feet) and 288” (24 feet).  Consider a common post size of 60 ½” – On a 240” length, the waste factor is 24%.  On a 288” length the waste factor is almost 20%.  Considerable value and cost savings is achieved by ordering a custom mill length of 304”, with near zero cut waste.

On large orders considerable savings are available to our customers who provide a delivery window sufficient to allow for the production cycles on raw materials best suited for the specific job.

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Lead Time for Portable Tire Racks – Inventory - 2 of 4

Inventory Considerations – Tier-Rack products are designed to meet a specific customer’s needs and specifications.  Generally, each order is a custom make-to-order project.  A 60 x60 tire rack, or a 48 x48 warehouse rack may seem common, but each style can have dozens of subtle variations making it unique, but suitable to each customer’s requested needs and required use.

Finished steel products are durable and are expected to last for decades.  Raw steel is perishable and is subject to rust and corrosion if stored over time.  Coatings and rust preventative products are used to eliminate these risks.  However, excess coating or oil finishes on raw steel create health and safety factors in the welding process in addition to environmental challenges in the cleaning and preparation for powder coat painting.

Although Tier-Rack maintains a significant stocking inventory of common sizes on tubular steel, decking components and parts, it is not cost effective or beneficial to bank materials in contemplation of large order needs or every order need.  Two risks are present – (1) Material losing value due to rust or corrosion and (2) having a large supply of item A, when item B is in demand.

The best value is found by securing material to meet a specific order demand for warehouse racks  This allows us to:

a.        Optimize cut lengths or production mult lengths to minimize material waste and costs,

b.       Obtain matched sizing to assure proper telescoping of posts and sockets.  Although each vender is producing under ASTM guidelines, subtle tooling and production variations can create fit issues if we mix product from differing production mills.  For example, special tooling and processes are often required at the tubing mill for obtaining a proper inside dimension for socket material.

c.       Shop competitively and aggressively from our qualified mill producers to secure the best market pricing and lower costs to our customer.

d.      Consistently use prime hot rolled black steel in production, which is superior for safety and environmental reasons.

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Lead Time for Portable Tire Racks – Introduction -1 of 4

Understanding lead time considerations is a critical part of the planning process involved when a customer is considering a purchase of portable stacking racks from Tier-Rack. 

As a producer of stack racks and tire racks, we work to provide the best value to end-users.  This value is a found in a complement of materials and manpower.  With two manufacturing plants our volume gives us significant buying power with major producers of tubular steel, decking components and common rack parts for the basic tire rack and stack rack.  As a sixty year old company, we have the engineering and production expertise to optimize labor and materials to minimize cost and reduce the final selling pricing to our customer.

The following narratives on lead time considerations for material and manpower will help our customers gain an understanding of what is required to maximize value on an order for Tier-Rack products. 

Paddling downstream is always easier than paddling against the current. 

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Imported Stack Racks as an Option

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In some situations, and in some geographic areas imported portable stacking racks can provide a good value to the end-user.

 Tier-Rack has a decade long association with producers in China who can provide quality stack racks at competitive pricing levels.  Typically value can be found when (1) the order volume is high (1,000 units or more), (2) the rack style is common: i.e. commodity (tire racks or warehouse racks) not specialized or highly customized (3) lead time is generous and (4) the destination point is served by nearby container cargo ports (typically West Coast).

 Tier-Rack can provide comparison costs for import vs. domestic production to aid our current and prospective customers with their buying needs.  As shipping costs and international monetary rates fluctuate, the value line for imported racks can change with frequency.  For some customers, it is an option to view with eyes wide open.

 Without doubt, the greatest supply chain control is found with domestically produced product.  Higher assurances on quality, more closely monitored production processes and greater assurance of delivery on schedule has value.

For more information visit on stack rack, www.tier-rack.com and call 1-800-325-7869 to learn more..

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The Problem With Shoddy Tire Racks

GreentrucktirescopyTire companies around the country have an issue.  Tires aren't the easiest thing to store and carry, as they're very fungible and need to be stored with special care.  Not only do they need to be stored in cool, not cold, environments so that they don't warp in the heat, they need to be stored in certain configurations to avoid warping.  This is where a high quality rack, especially from Tier-Rack Corporation, will fit the bill.

Tier-Rack tire racks are constructed with only the highest quality metals, used for every portion of the construction of the rack, giving them a massive amount of stability and the safest rack available.  Their tire racks are also built with mesh decking, letting the tires rest evenly so that they don't develop flat spots or wear awkwardly.  Tier-Rack also sells used tire racks, giving your warehouse the flexibility to save money on their storage solutions.  They can also create a stacking rack to enable companies with higher ceilings to effectively use all of the space in their warehouse and cut down on wasted space.

Tier-Rack engineers can also design any rack for you, and with their manufacturing and engineering experience, will make exactly the rack that your company needs built, guaranteed.  Please call 800-325-7869 and visit www.tier-rack.com today to find out how Tier-Rack can make exactly the racks that your company needs to get that warehouse under control.

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Truck Decking Tire Racks

002Tier-Rack is the original source for truck tire storage rack, and has helped thousands of customers eliminate material handling issues related to store truck tires . In 1955 Tier-Rack originated the stackable frames for tire storage and now is the leading manufacturer of all steel racks for tires.

Choose the style of truck tire rack that works best for your material handling needs. some customers add wire mesh deck that meets fire codes by allowing water from overhead sprinklers to pass through to the stack racks below and protect the side walls. The ratio of holes to solid deck gives good support to the tires and will not leave marks on the tires in the tire rack. 

Our center post Tier-Rack® tire stacking frame is a popular alternative for those who appreciate the ease of loading and unloading tires when there are no obstructions on the corners of the stack racks. These truck tire racks are also the least expensive storage solution  for tires available. The frames easily attach to your existing warehouse pallets, and will hold loads of 2,000 pounds per pallet when the racks are stacked five high.  Truck tire storage is easy and inexpensive with a Tier-Rack tire stacking frame.

We buy steel tubing directly from the tube mills in truckload quantities. Then our talented and efficient teams in our low overhead production facilities transform the steel tubing into high quality portable racks that have been designed to meet your needs. Whether you need just a truck tire rack or 100,000 truck tire racks, see why Tier-Rack is your best choice for truck tire storage..

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Tier-Rack Corporation offers used nestable racks for sale

Tier-Rack Corporation, is a leading US manufacturer of portable stack rack, tire racks and custom shipping racks. Tier-Rack also buys and sells used rack and has acquired a multi truckload lot of 385 good condition used nesting racks.

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2013 is Stacking Up to be a Great Year for Tire Racks

Tier-Rack tire rack save time, money, and core effenciences in distribution centers throughout the world.

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Check your Tire Racks when you receive them from your rack vendor


WARNING Tire Companies:
Some rack manufacturer's ship different racks than the tire racks they quote to their customers.

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Tier-Rack is able to produce large quantities of portable Tire Racks in their U.S. factories.

Most tire companies have found that Tier-Rack supplies the best combination of quality and value when they purchase tier racks.

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Tier-Rack Corporation announces large acquisition of used 60x60 tire racks!

Tier-Rack Corporation, a leading US manufacturer of portable stack rack, warehouse rack and custom shipping racks now has a large lot of lightly used 60x60 all steel stack racks / tire racks in stock.

 

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How much does stack rack cost vs. standard pallet rack?

 

So you are interested in stack racks but not sure of the cost? Tier-Rack Corporation, a leading US manufacturer of stack rack, tire rack and shipping racks specializes in all sizes and styles of portable racks at prices competitive with other types of racking.

 

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Did you know Stack Racks are used to store Aircraft Tires?

Airlines, aerospace and defense companies are using aircraft tire racks to store their tires.

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Tier-Rack now sells Tire Display Racks for Tire Dealers

Tire Dealers are now able to buy tire display racks from Tier-Rack.

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Tier-Rack Corporation now has quality used 60x60 tire racks in stock

Tier-Rack Corporation, a leading US manufacturer of portable stack rack, warehouse rack and custom shipping racks now has a nice lot of used 60x60 steel tire racks in stock.

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Tier-Rack helps Tire Companies Store Truck Tires

Truck tire racks have helped many tire companies with storing very big tires that are awkward and difficult to handle.


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