Pre-conference workshop added to Clemson conference

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (Feb. 24, 2014) — For the first time, the Clemson University Tire Industry Conference will offer a pre-conference workshop when it convenes at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort April 23-25.

The workshop, "Legislative/Regulatory Development and Rulemaking," is scheduled from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 23. Michael Wischhusen, technical director-litigation at Michelin North America Inc. and a frequent speaker at the conference, will lead the workshop.

The conference is divided into four sessions: "New Technology," "Tire Industry Outlook," "Materials," and "Environmental."

Speakers include Doug Major, senior director of product support for the Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. Group; Tracey Norberg, senior vice president and corporate counsel, Rubber Manufacturers Association; Eugene Peterson, tire program leader, Consumer Reports; Bill Hyde, senior director-olefins and elastomers, HIS Chemical; Rodolpho B. Manzone, vice president-market development, Yulex Corp.; Dick Gust, president, Liberty Lakin Inc.; and Glenn Maidment, president, Rubber Association of Canada.

Early bird registration is $795 per person for the conference alone and $995 for the conference and pre-conference workshop until Feb. 28. After Feb. 28, registration is $995 for the conference, $1,295 for the conference and workshop.

The Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort has reserved a block of rooms for conference attendees at $159 per night. March 31 is the deadline for the special rate. Participants should mention the Clemson Conference when booking.

For more information about the conference, go to its website.

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