Our History

Joseph J. McCarthy founded the company in 1926. He opened the first McCarthy Tire Service store on Main Street in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in 1930, and in 1936, he moved the growing operation to a larger location on Scott Street. His son, John “Jack” D. McCarthy Sr. began working in the family business at age 12 as an oil-bottle cleaner, and he rose through the ranks to become president in 1957. Jack McCarthy moved McCarthy Tire to its current site at 340 Kidder Street in 1962. He enlarged the facility, added services for his customers, and increased the workforce.

McCarthy Tire Service Executive Team Members
Executive Team

The McCarthy Tire Service Executive Team. Pictured from left: Joseph P. Doyle, COO; Gary Lambert Sr.; Kathleen McCarthy Lambert, CFO; John D. McCarthy Jr., President; and Neil G. Horn, Vice President.

McCarthy Tire Service Gen 4
4th Generation Leadership

The fourth generation of the McCarthy family. Pictured from left: Daniel Horn, Director of Sales; Mary Kate Henry, Human Resource Manager; Gary Lambert Jr., Director of Purchasing and Technology; and John D. McCarthy III, Regional Sales Manager. Not shown: Colleen Horn Doyle, Legal Counsel, and Timothy Lambert, Senior Accountant.

  • During the 1980s, McCarthy Tire acquired stores in Kingston, Hazleton, Scranton, and Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Jack’s son and daughter, John D. McCarthy Jr. and Kathleen “Katie” McCarthy Lambert, and sons-in-law, Neil Horn and Gary Lambert Sr., joined the company in the mid-1980s.

    In 1997, Jack moved into the CEO position and John took over the role of president for the company. Katie became the chief financial officer, Neil served in a variety of leadership positions, and Gary managed the retail store in downtown Scranton. The new executive team has continued to expand the company through both growth and acquisition over the last 20 years.

  • McCarthy Tire now has over 70 service locations in 9 states along the east coast of the United States, including 14 retread manufacturing plants. We employ over 1500 associates and service thousands of commercial, industrial, and retail customers every year, from large fleets of tractor trailers and construction equipment to police cars and family vans.

    The fourth generation of the McCarthy family – Gary Lambert Jr., Daniel Horn, Mary Kate Lambert, John D. McCarthy III, Colleen Horn Doyle, and Timothy Lambert – serve in sales, operations, legal, human resource and finance roles for the company. They are learning the family business from the ground up, just as their parents, grandfather and great-grandfather did before them.

Our Core Values

At McCarthy Tire, our values inform everything we do – from how we develop a strategic five-year plan, to the long-term relationships we have with our customers. Our values are not simply a fade we put on while we are “on the clock.” We live and breathe these values whether we are in a service truck, on the phone with a customer, at home with the kids, shopping for groceries, or volunteering for a local charity.

  • To put safety first.
  • To give our customers exceptional customer service so they can succeed in business
  • To treat our associates like family
  • To give back to our communities
  • To operate our company with honesty and integrity
Service Locations

Serving 8 East Coast states.


We employ over 1,500 associates.

It All Started

Joseph J. McCarthy founded the company.

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