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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 13, 2014) — The American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Technology & Maintenance Council honored seven TMC members with its highest honor — the Silver Spark Plug Award — at its annual meeting in Nashville March 10-13.

The Silver Spark Plug winners were:

• Jim Clark, recently retired director of engineering for TMD Friction, Troy, Mich.;

• Lilo Hurtado, applications engineer for ExxonMobil, Bolingbrook, Ill.;

• Bob Jeffries, sales manager for Remy Inc., Arlington, Texas;

• Mark Louzon, engine product development manager for Volvo Powertrain North America, Hagerstown, Md.;

• Vic Meloche, manager of technical sales for Detroit Diesel, Detroit, Mich.;

• Don Raitzer, engineer for Stemco Brakes Products Group, Livonia, Mich.; and

• Dan Umphress, vice president of maintenance and fleet services for A&R Transport, Morris, Ill.

The TMC awards the Silver Spark Plug to members who make outstanding contributions to the improvement of equipment, maintenance, industry-related technology and management practices, said Carl Kirk, ATA vice president of maintenance, information technology and logistics.

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Titan International and the United Steelworkers union have petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce seeking relief from OTR tire imports from China, India and Sri Lanka. What’s your opinion?

I wholeheartedly support their action – something needs to be done.
46%
(36 votes)
I think it’s a bad idea that could inevitably tie the hands of domestic tire makers.
13%
(10 votes)
I oppose any duties against tire importers—they only raise costs for distributors and make it harder to obtain inventory.
24%
(19 votes)
I’m kind of on the fence and not sure what’s right, but need more information before deciding.
14%
(11 votes)
I don’t really care whether or not relief is granted.
3%
(2 votes)
Total votes: 78