By RODNEY D. BOAM
Ron Keller Tire was named business of the year by the Greater Preston Business Association at its annual banquet recently.
Ronnie and Sharon Keller started the tire company in 1958 behind Leness Keller’s gas station, where now the Legacy Plaza building stands at 134 N. State. They began their successful venture recapping tires. In the late 1950s, when an automobile tire tread was worn out, a new tread could be put on it. The process was called recapping.
“They may have sold tires there also,” said son, Dax Keller, who took over the operation in 1998 after he returned from an LDS mission.
In the early days it was a hot, dirty job. But the Kellers worked hard and there was a good market for recapped tires. The operation got busier and they needed to move it to a bigger location. Ron Keller Tire moved to 59 S. State, where Wangsgaard Heating and Air Conditioning is currently located.
The business continued to grow and moved again to give them more room. This time the move was to the old Utah/Idaho Central train station at 160 S. State, where the business is currently located.
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