Our History

Mike Burkholder made the jump from service manager at Hunt Motors Ford Dealership in Ephrata to “Downtown Clay” in 1986 when he and Susan Burkholder purchased Foundry Tire (aka “Clay Tire”).  At that time Foundry Tire was a tire store only.  Many of Mike’s loyal customers from Hunts made the move to “Downtown Clay” with him, and still come to Foundry Tire for auto service to this day.  Since that time, Mike and Susan have expanded the business from a 1-bay shop to the 5 bay shop that it is today.  As the business has grown, one thing has remained constant, and that is Foundry Tire’s commitment to provide quality auto service with the customer’s well being as top priority.

Prior to being a tire dealership, Foundry Tire was the site of the Clay Casting Company, an iron foundry dating back to the mid 1900’s.  “Downtown Clay” has changed a great deal over the years, however it maintains it’s small town appeal.  You can grab a bite to eat at Pepe’s Pizza or some desert at Fox Meadow’s Creamery after doing some shopping at the Clay Bookstore. Whatever brings you to “Downtown Clay”, you are sure to find smiling faces and friendly people eager to serve you.

Meet Our Team

Sheldon Summers

Sheldon has been a technician with Foundry Tire for 23+ years, and for 32 years overall.  He is Safety and Emissions certified. Sheldon is our in-house Jeep expert, however he is happy to work on all makes and models.  With so many years in the Foundry family, Sheldon has developed a great relationship with many of our regular customers.  Next time you are at Foundry Tire, give a yell out to Sheldon in the shop.  He will be glad to hear from you.

If you happen to find yourself at a dirt track race, just scan the crowd, you are likely to find Sheldon there too.  Otherwise, he is probably somewhere soaking up some live blues music or at a live sporting event.


Greg Lindbeck

Greg has over 30 years experience as an automotive technician, three with Foundry Tire. While working at a Toyota dealership, Greg had become an ASE Master Automotive Technician and a Toyota Master Technician.  He is a Certified PA State Safety Inspector ( class 5 ), Certified PA State Emissions Inspector and Certified Repair Technician.  In an effort to keep up to date with constantly changing technology, Greg continues education by regularly attending online and classroom trainings, and reading trade magazines.  He has participated in dozens of training opportunities covering nearly all vehicle systems.  He also attends PA Safety Inspection meetings to stay current on regulations.

Greg is an avid motorcyclist, enjoys car shows, visiting historical areas (Gettysburg being a favorite), museums and spending time with his family.

Greg takes pride in his work, considering the safety of every vehicle he inspects as if his own family were driving it.

Ray Madara

Ray has been a key member of the Foundry Tire team since 1990. Ray is PA Safety and Emission Inspection certified.  He is our go-to guy for all things Volkswagen. In his spare time Ray can be found soaking up the outdoors fishing and riding bike. He loves spending time with his grandchildren.