LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2000)—The International Tire and Rubber Association has decided to make its World ITRA Expo an every-other-year event and hold a series of regional conferences in major cities on alternate years. The Expo has been an annual event for 43 consecutive years, including the last two years in Nashville, Tenn., after 41 consecutive years in Louisville.
Next year, the ITRA Expo will be held April 19-21 at the Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville and the regional conference schedule will begin in 2002.
The ITRA said it is in the process of confirming the conference subjects, dates and locations and will announce these at a later date.
"The conferences will consist of workshops and seminars, as well as training on new technology, business services and process methods," said Bob Sherwood, ITRA President.
These conferences will focus increased attention on the tire and rubber industry, the ITRA said, and the association also is planning "an even more aggressive campaign" to offer its Commercial Tire Service Instructor and Technician Training and Certification Program through regional training seminars conducted in conjunction with the Expo.