LOUISVILLE, Ky.-The International Tire Retreading and Repairing Hall of Fame will induct three new members April 6, during the American Retreaders' Association's annual tire conference and exhibition in Louisville. The inductees are:
Michael A. Berra, founder of Community Tire Co. Inc., St. Louis;
J.W. ``Red'' Gaskins, co-founder of Southern Tire Co., Sheffield, Ala.;
George E. Marshall, former owner and editor of Tyres & Accessories, a British trade journal.
Mr. Berra founded Community Tire in 1935, selling used tires and performing tire repairs and eventually getting into retreading.
He designed and built repair patches and developed ways of retreading and repairing tubeless earthmover tires and other new tire designs.
Mr. Berra served on the ARA's first Advisory Council and on the board of the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association. He was president of the St. Louis Tire Dealers Association and helped organize the Missouri Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association, serving five years as executive director.
At 85, he is still active in the business.
Mr. Gaskins' Southern Tire Co. is best-known for its work on large off-the-road tires, a field it entered after buying the first large mold Bacon Manufacturing Co. sold.
Mr. Gaskins was the first OTR retreader to use a cold strip winder. He leased the second AMF builder produced and helped refine that process. He also pioneered sculpturing processes for OTR tires.
A director of the NTDRA, he helped organize its OTR Retreaders Division, serving three years as chairman. He also was among the organizers of the Alabama Tire Dealers Association. Now retired, he resides in Sheffield.
Mr. Marshall owned and operated several tire retreading, repair and distribution outlets in Britain, before joining Tyres & Accessories in 1970. Within a year he purchased the publication, serving as editor until its sale in 1988.
He founded Brityrex, the British International Tyre Exhibition, and was instrumental in forming associations in Britain for imported tire makers and tire wholesalers.
Semi-retired, Mr. Marshall writes for several journals on a free-lance basis.