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News   May 16, 2012   by CARS Magazine

Kumho Tire Joins in Supporting TIA’s Foundation Fundraising Drive

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is thanking Kumho Tire for joining the growing number of tire industry companies supporting TIA's Foundation 2012 Fundraising Drive. Funds from the Foundation have financed the development of a number of...


The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is thanking Kumho Tire for joining the growing number of tire industry companies supporting TIA’s Foundation 2012 Fundraising Drive. Funds from the Foundation have financed the development of a number of important training initiatives over the last decade. Most recently the Foundation funds helped develop the Spanish translation of TIA’s Commercial Tire Service (CTS) program and will support development of the new Farm Tire Service (FTS) training that is expected to be released next year. Without the Foundation, TIA would not have been able to produce a much-needed training program for members with Spanish-speaking technicians or a new program that covers the service procedures and safety guidelines for agricultural tires.

The TIA Foundation fundraising drive for 2012 with the addition of Kumho Tire as contributors brings the total to seven major tire and retread companies that have pledged funds to support the Association’s educational efforts. Already having contributed are Bridgestone Americas, Cooper Tire and Rubber Company, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Michelin North America, Yokohama Tire Corporation and Marangoni Tread North America.

 

Larry Brandt, president of TIA along with past TIA president Mike Berra, Jr., TIA executive vice-president Roy Littlefield and TIA senior vice-president of Training Kevin Rohlwing are meeting with Kumho Tire national vice-president Armand Allaire and their vice-president of Marketing Rick Brennan at the Rancho Cucamonga, California company headquarters to discuss Foundation support, TIA’s role in the tire industry and other items.

 

“The investment in educational programs that TIA and these companies support help TIA continue its mission of training technicians on the proper procedures for servicing all types of tires and wheels,” said Larry Brandt.

 

Kevin Rohlwing, TIA senior vice-president of Training describes the TIA Foundation as, “the life-blood for technician training and certification. Without the Foundation resources, we would not have the funding to update and translate existing programs or develop new ones. In the last five years, the Foundation has invested US$772,000 in program development and we plan to spend at least another US$300,000 over the next three years on the new FTS and Industrial Tire Service (ITS) Programs.”


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