Alabama installs Jones as president
POINT CLEAR, Ala.—The Alabama Tire Dealers Association installed Jimmy Jones of Jones Tire & Supply in Selma, Ala., as president for the 2000-2001 term during its convention in Point Clear, July 14-15.
Other new officers include: Cheryl Lentz of Lentz Tire in Moulton, first vice president; Jim Foust of McGriff Industries in Cullman, second vice president; and Ken Phillips of TCI L.L.C. in Birmingham, secretary/treasurer.
Celebrities at the convention included college coaches Tommy Tuberville of Auburn University and Mike DuBose of the University of Alabama, NASCAR legend Bobby Allison, and Robert Burrows, who heads the Burrows Motorsports NASCAR racing team.
A hot topic during the convention was the association's continuing efforts to pursue the repeal of state legislation, passed in 1999, that addressed the cleanup of scrap tires in the state. Executive Director Jeri McCafferty called the bill poorly drawn and told Tire Business one of its many shortcomings is the lack of uniform enforcement.
In part, it requires transporters and receivers of scrap tires to obtain additional licenses as well as secure bonds ranging from $1,000 to $300,000. "We're seeking a more equitable bill for our members," Ms. McCafferty said, adding that the group has hired a lobbyist to further its efforts.
Reifen trade fair tabbed a success
ESSEN, Germany—By the time it had closed its doors on June 23, Reifen 2000, an international trade fair for the tire industry, had drawn 15,000 visitors from more than 80 nations.
Promoters said the show had 18 exhibiting companies from the U.S. In addition to tires, other related fields of interest included optical vehicle processing, chassis tuning, and services related to brakes, exhaust systems and shock absorbers.
The next Reifen will take place May 28-31, 2002, in a newly built exhibition hall featuring more than 1.1 million square feet of space.