As general manager of Smithers’ Tire and Wheel Test Center in Ravenna, Ohio, Mike Nehls oversees durability and performance testing of tires and wheels for suppliers across the industry value chain. His team commonly supports tire manufacturers, vehicle OEMs, fleets, raw material suppliers, and other recreational vehicle manufacturers. The lab performs a wide variety of testing including accelerated aging, tire durability, rolling resistance, indoor tread wear, and force and moment testing, to name a few. Nehls has special expertise in on-vehicle testing programs for ride, handling, and performance characterization.
Nehls has nearly 20 years of experience in the tire industry in varying engineering and operations capacities. Before joining Smithers in 2016, he spent 18 years working for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, managing tire activities at the Goodyear Proving Ground in San Angelo, Texas, and overseeing technology and quality at the company’s Danville, VA plant. Nehls has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and served in the US Air Force for nearly a decade.