James Shrader of Shrader Tire & Oil in Toledo, Ohio, examines an automated computerized buffer from Colonial Heights, Va.-based Matteuzzi USA.
Joel Hunstiger of Truflex/Pang Rubber Products Co., left, shows the firm's new OTR tire repair system to Tom Bolser of Al Bolser Tire Stores, Seattle.
Dancers, courtesy of New Britain, Pa.-based Presti Rubber Products, performed sets each day of the convention. The PRP booth was one of the more frequentedareas of the trade show floor.
Piedmont Service Trucks used the conference to introduce its A2-250 off-the-road service truck, which uses a crane system operated by a wireless remote control, seen above through an OTR tire.
Rick Pearson, left, of Fleet Equipment Corp. discusses one of the firm's service truck bodies with Larry Wilson, foreground, of Tillamook Tire Service Inc., Tillamook, Ore., and Michael Bogue of Treadwell Tyre Services Ltd., Alexandra, New Zealand.
Mike Etchberger, right, driver of the International Marketing Inc.-sponsored Equalizer Super Comp Dragster, shows off the car to, from left, Kenny Steeples, Earl Marker and Art Greenberg of McGriff Treading, Cullman, Ala.
Chuck Stein of the Tire Retread Information Bureau pulls out the winning tickets in TRIB's second annual raffle. The raffle netted the organization nearly $2,000, according to TRIB Managing Director Harvey Brodsky.
William E. Messitt, right, maintenance analyst for the U.S. Postal Service, receives the Friend of the Industry Award from ARA President Michael W. Berra.
Scrap tire equipment demonstrations included: a shredding system, left rear, distributed by Wendt Corp., Tonawanda, N.Y.; a tire compactor, foregound, from Clarksville Machine Works, Clarksville, Ark.; and a tire debeader from Tire Resource Systems Inc., Sioux City, Iowa.
More than 230 companies exhibited the latest in retreading, tire service and scrap tire processing/recycling equipment at this year's exhibition, which filled the South Wing of the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center.
Patrick Lucy, left, of Mov-it Tire Products Inc., demonstrates the company's tire dunker to
Paul Doll and Frank Wapelhorst of Becker Tire & Retreading, Great Bend, Kan.