LOS ANGELES-Frank Fargo Tire Co., a Los Angeles tire dealership and retreader, has received a $64,000 state grant from California to submit its retreads for Qualified Products List testing to the General Services Administration. This is the first time any state has given a grant to a retreader for this purpose, according to Kenneth L. Collings Jr., manager of the GSA's Federal Tire Program.
``The states have a recycling incentive to offer grants to retreaders,'' Mr. Collings said. ``This is a good opportunity for independent retreaders who want to get on the QPL.''
Qualifying for the QPL enables makers of new and retreaded tires to bid on government tire contracts.
Retreaders have been eligible for the QPL since 1989, but because QPL testing costs thousands of dollars per tire, only major retreading companies-such as Goodyear, Bandag Inc. and Oliver Rubber Co.-have been able to afford the tests on behalf of their franchisees.
State grants give independent retreaders a chance to supply the government, Mr. Collings said.
Officers of Fargo Tire could not be reached for comment. The company received the grant in late July.
QPL testing of Fargo retreads will be finished in December, according to Mr. Collings.
Mr. Collings said he didn't know whether retreaders in other states could receive similar grants. ``But it would behoove all of them to go and see if grants are available,'' he added.