LOUISVILLE, Ky.-The American Retreaders Association has selected two tire companies, an automaker consortium and two individuals as 1996 ARA award win-ners for their work furthering tire recycling and contributions to the retreading industry. The ARA will honor Michelin North America and retired retreader Ken Simmons with the Pioneer Award; Marangoni Meccanica S.p.A. and the Vehicle Recycling Partnership (VRP) with the Industry Leadership Award; and Jerry Cooper of the General Services Administration with the Friend of the Industry Award.
Presentations will take place at the awards banquet of the ARA World Tire Conference & Exhibition, April 17-20, in Louisville.
Michelin was selected for research indicating new tires can use up to 10 percent recycled rubber content without sacrificing tire durability or driving performance.
Mr. Simmons, who founded Ken's Bandag Inc. in Hartford City, Ind., previously was director of engineering for Bandag Inc. He also worked as chief engineer with Bacon American Corp., where he helped develop the original Bacon American Model A Press and Truck Matro/Matic, as well as numerous other equipment used in the retreading industry.
He later helped develop the first in-plant computer system that increased management control of the retread process.
The ARA said Marangoni of Rovereto, Italy, has an innovative approach to growth in the international tire industry. Its divisions are involved in research and technologies, tread manufacturing, retread and new tire production. CEO Mario Marangoni plans to accept the award on the firm's behalf.
VRP is a research partnership among Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Corp. and General Motors Corp. established in 1991 to conduct a wide variety of research and development projects to enhance the recyclability of automobiles and auto components, including tires.
Through its efforts, automakers have increased their use of recycled materials in new automotive parts, such as scrap tire rubber in brake pads and pedals, steering shaft seals and other components.
Dubbed ``a retread ambassador inside the GSA,'' Mr. Cooper, fleet inspector for the GSA Region 5 in Fort McCoy, Wis., will be honored for promoting retread use.
He initiated a tire retread program encompassing the full range of tire sizes for the approximately 1,500 cars, light trucks, buses, dump trucks and tractor trailers he oversees. And he has encouraged other GSA Region 5 fleet inspectors to convert to retreads.
Tickets to the International Tire Retreading and Repairing Hall of Fame Induction and ARA Awards Banquet cost $50 each. Contact the ARA at (800) 426-8835 or (502) 968-8900. Fax: (502) 964-7859.