Editor: This is in response to a letter published in your Dec. 13 issue from Henry Carleton regarding the Tire Retread Information Bureau's effectiveness in the promotion of retreaded tires.
Rather than get into a shouting contest, I want to present our side regarding the effectiveness of TRIB. The information I am about to present is readily available to all dues-paying TRIB members.
During the past year TRIB was responsible for producing and distributing the video entitled, ``The use of retreaded tires on government vehicles.'' This is without a doubt the most successful and widely distributed video ever done about retreading. It includes numerous mentions of passenger retreading. Although widely promoted in our industry publications, Mr. Carleton has not seen fit to order (or even ask to borrow) a copy for his own review.
During the past year, the U.S. Postal Service has issued a mandate requiring the use of retreaded (passenger as well as truck) tires on all Postal Service vehicles and on all wheel positions. Although we would not be so presumptuous as to take full credit for this action, I can assure you that TRIB's efforts were given large consideration by the Postal Service and had a great deal to do with its decision.
This can be verified by simply calling the responsible party at the Postal Service. I will be happy to furnish any of your readers with the name and telephone number of the party to call.
I suggest Mr. Carleton contact the remaining passenger tire retreaders in the U.S. and Canada and ask them what they think of TRIB's efforts to promote passenger retreading. He might also ask the American Retreaders' Association and the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association how they feel about TRIB's efforts. He might want to contact the Tread Rubber and Tire Repair Materials Manufacturers' Group (TRMG) and ask them why they support TRIB.
Finally, I suggest that all industry members read our materials and stay abreast of TRIB's ongoing efforts to promote all types of retreading, including passenger retreading. TRIB is here not only to promote the use of retreaded tires, but to answer questions and to clear up inaccuracies whenever they occur.
In the spirit of industry cohesiveness, Henry Carleton's name has been added to our mailing list. He will receive all future news releases even though he is not a dues-paying member of TRIB.
Pacific Grove, Calif.
NO DOUBT ABOUT TRIB'S VALUE
Every once in a while, Henry Carleton sends in a letter to TIRE BUSINESS questioning the value of the Tire Retread Information Bureau. Thank goodness it only happens about once each year, but still I hate to see this negative attitude.
His latest letter, in your Dec. 13, 1993, issue, while not much more than a warmed over rewrite of last year's, doesn't bring forth any new facts. To say TRIB has done nothing for any type of retreading, or TRIB is a waste of money, is so opposite the truth as to be laughable. One only has to go out into the real world to see the many great things TRIB has done for the industry.
The unfortunate decline in passenger retreading is based on many things. Things that TRIB never had any control over, nor could TRIB-(even if it had) a billion-dollar budget-do anything about.
Henry Carleton, I don't really know what you have against TRIB, but you are wrong, my friend. Why can't you go half way and talk with TRIB? I will pay for the phone call.
Enough of the negative, folks, and the misguided feelings of one or two misinformed people. The real truth is that TRIB does work, and TRIB works for us all. Any of us who have been lucky enough to make a buck off of retreading should contribute to TRIB.
I am proud to say my company and my family have supported TRIB from the beginning.
My late mother thought so much of TRIB, and so knew its value, that she listed TRIB as one of the two places folks could send money as a memorial. A great many did and for that TRIB and my family say thanks.
It is sad that I have to write a letter like this, and it is sad that my old friend Henry has not seen the light. I hope that he is the only one who feels this way and the rest of the retreading industry will support TRIB.