LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Pauline Chambers Yost, president and CEO of Tech International Inc., and Garland T. Duke Jr., principal founder of Air Treads Inc. and its predecessor, Den-Air, will be inducted into the International Tire Retreading and Repairing Hall of Fame June 9. The ceremony will take place during the International Tire and Rubber Association's convention and trade show at the Opryland Hotel Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., June 9-12.
At that time, the ITRA also will recognize six other individuals and one company for their pioneering work, leadership roles and/or strong support for the international transportation industry.
Ms. Yost has been at the helm of her family-owned company, based in Johnstown, Ohio, since the death of her husband, Frank Chambers, in 1972. Under her leadership, Tech has grown to become what it says is the world's largest supplier of tire repair materials and equipment. She received the ITRA's Industry Leadership Award in 1988.
Mr. Duke began his 34-year tire industry career in 1954, when he went to work for his father's company, Duke Tire Co. in Atlanta. Six years later he founded Den-Air of Atlanta Inc., retreading tires for most commercial airlines and the U.S. Air Force.
In 1965, five Den-Air franchised retread plants merged into Air Treads Inc., which grew to become the largest independent aircraft tire retreading company in the world and expanded into aircraft wheel and brake overhauling.
Goodyear purchased Air Treads in 1984, but Mr. Duke stayed on as chairman and CEO until his retirement in 1988.
The 1999 recipients of the ITRA's other awards are as follows:
Industry Leadership Award—for overall leadership and innovation for products and services to foster and promote the international transportation industry:
George Bishop, president of Truflex/Pang Rubber Products Co., a Los Angeles-based supplier of tire repairs and equipment that was acquired last fall by Tech International.
Tiffany Hughes, vice president of marketing for American Rubber Technologies Inc. (formerly American Tire Recyclers Inc.) in Jacksonville, Fla., a producer and marketer of ground rubber from scrap tires and factory scrap. She also is a member of the ITRA's Tire and Rubber Recycling Advisory Council.
Vicencio Paludo, founder and president-director of Borrachas Vipal S.A. in Nova Prata, Brazil, a manufacturer of tread rubber, tire repairs and related materials.
Pioneer Award—honoring individuals or companies that have developed or implemented products or services for the international transportation industry:
Robert Winters, president of Atlos Rubber Co. Inc. in Los Angeles, a pioneer in the production of crumb rubber from scrap tires and other sources and in the production of other products from this material.
Matteuzzi s.r.l., a manufacturer of retreading equipment based in Calderara Di Reno, Italy.
Friend of the Industry Award—recognizing individuals who are allies and proven supporters of the international transportation industry:
Roy Littlefield, ITRA government relations director and executive vice president of the Service Station Dealers of America and Allied Trades.
Paul J. Ruesch, an environmental engineer with the Waste Management Branch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region 5 office in Chicago.