Brothers Darrin and Tracy Karst began working in the tire industry by repairing and selling tires as an addition to their parent’s service station/repair shop in Assiniboia. As their business grew, they knew they would need to branch out on their own. With a bond that only brothers can have and the careful guidance from parents Alvin, and Laverne, they purchased the old RV shop in Assiniboia and moved into what is now the original part of the building in 1994. In 2008, Karst Holdings Incorporated joined Integra tire as one of the inaugural stores.
When Darrin and Tracy opened their business in Assiniboia it was a small operation, with them doing most of the tire work as well as most of the after-hour calls. In 1994, their sister Tammy Zerie joined them doing the books and accounting, although she is pretty darn knowledgeable when it comes to every aspect of the business. We call her the real boss behind the scenes! Also joining the team in 1994 was Garth Coghill, who was their main tire technician and did many calls on the service truck. He’s the red headed “brother” or as the kids would say now a brother from a different mother! Over time the Assiniboia business grew, and they now have a staff of 15 employees.
Along with staff, the business has also grown to include a full line of automotive and heavy-duty mechanics. We now have 3 tire trucks, who keep very busy, especially during seeding and harvest. Darrin and Tracy are still very hands-on and can be found here almost every day providing service to their valued customers in Assiniboia!
If you are a new customer or one of our more established ones, rest assured you will ALWAYS be and remain a valued one!