LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 29, 2001)—If you´re thinking about attending the International Tire & Rubber Association´s World ITRA Expo, you´d better do it this year.
Otherwise you´ll have a two-year wait.
The Expo will move to an every-other-year schedule following the 2001 gathering, with ITRA hosting a series of regional conferences in the alternate years.
This year´s Expo, which will take place April 18-21 at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., also is the final year of ITRA´s three-year commitment to the country music city.
The site of next year´s regional conferences and future Expos have not yet been determined.
The 2001 Expo, held in partnership with the Service Station Dealers of America and Allied Trades, offers several special events and activities along with a comprehensive schedule of 25 educational programs.
The Expo tees off on Wednesday, April 18, with the ITRA Educational Foundation Golf Tournament at the President´s Reserve Golf Course at The Hermitage.
On Thursday, April 19, Michelin North America Inc. will sponsor the "Rubber Ball" featuring a buffet dinner, entertainment and live music and dancing.
The ITRA Awards Banquet April 20 features the induction of this year´s class into the International Tire and Rubber Industry Hall of Fame as well as honors for other industry notables.
And on Saturday, April 21, the Breakfast with the President gathering will include a membership meeting and the election of the new ITRA board.
The 50,000-sq.-ft. exhibit hall will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. So far, 100 companies have booked space, about half the number the association expects to exhibit, said Gretchen Schrantz, ITRA convention and meeting director.
Here is the schedule of meetings and workshops.
Wednesday, April 18:
*State Scrap Tire Managers Meeting (by invitation). Meeting coordinator: Allan Lassiter, manager, Virginia Waste Tire Program;
*Canadian Scrap Tire Managers Meeting (by invitation). Meeting coordinator: Bill Harper, general manager, Manitoba Tire Stewardship Board;
*Making TDF a Commodity—a panel sponsored by the Tire and Rubber Recycling Advisory Council.
Thursday, April 19
*Tires 101: Tire Maintenance—Mastering the Basics. Presenters: Kevin Rohlwing, ITRA director of training; Guy Walenga, engineering manager, commercial products, Bridgestone/Firestone Tire Sales Co.; and Al Cohn, marketing manager, commercial systems engineering, Goodyear;
*How to Keep Good Employees. Presenter: Lawrence Steinmetz, president, High Yield Management Inc.;
*Quantitative Measures—Testing, Standards and Product Criteria for Recycled Rubber;
*A New Breed of Market and Economic Development Services: Where to Find the Resources You Need. Presenters: Serji Amirkhenian, director, South Carolina Asphalt Rubber Technology Center, and Amy Perlmutter, director, the Chelsea Center;
*How to Obtain ISO 9000 Certification. Presenters: Jim Lynch, vice president of operations, Maine Commercial Tire Inc. (MCT); Jim McCurdy, vice president of sales, MCT; and Dan Spencer, director of organizational development, MCT.
*How to Sell at a Price Higher than Your Competitors. Presenter: Lawrence Steinmetz, president, High Yield Management Inc.;
*International Forum: Setting Standards in Europe/Brazil´s New Rules for Scrap Tires. Moderator: Mary Sikora, president, Recycling Research Institute and ITRA tire & rubber recycling director; (presented in English; translated into Spanish and Portuguese);
*Civil Engineering Applications—Making Them Happen in Your State. Moderator: Dana Humphrey, professor of civil engineering, University of Maine. Presenters: Pasquale S. Canzano, chief operating officer, Delaware Solid Waste Authority; Bruce Carter, Maine Department of Transportation; Rick Gillespie, president, Gillespie Construction Co.; and Jim Glasgow, Maine Department of Environmental Protection;
*International Workshop (presented in Spanish translated into English and Portuguese). Conducted by members of the retreading community.
Friday, April 20
*Mock Trial. Presenters: Jeffrey J. Casto and Randall J. Moore, attorneys, Roetzel & Andress, L.P.A.
*Preparing to Testify for Depositions and Court Trials. Presenters: Jeffrey J. Casto and Randall J. Moore;
*Wheel Fastener Failure Analysis. Peggy Fisher, consultant, Fleet Tire Consulting and columnist, Tire Business, and Kevin Rohlwing, ITRA director of training;
*Status of Canadian Scrap Tire Recycling Programs. Presenters: Ginette Bureau, program director, Recyc-Quebec and Bill Harper, Manitoba Tire Stewardship Board;
*Sharing the U.S. Experience: How to Become a Tire Recycler in Your Country. Presenter: Claudia Sandoval, president, Integrated Tire Inc. (presented in Spanish; translated into English and Portuguese);
*Tire Failure Analysis. Guy Walenga, engineering manager, commercial products, Bridgestone/Firestone Tire Sales Co.; (presented in English; translated into Portuguese and Spanish);
*Networking in Nashville—Topics: Meet State Program Managers; Dealing with the Unexpected; Recalls, Fuel Prices, Markets with Zero-Wire Tolerance; The Buck Stops Here; and Are You Up to Standard?;
*Tire and Rubber Recyclers Town Meeting;
*International Workshop. Presenter: Ademar Nienkotter, president, Brazil Association of Retreaders (presented in Portuguese; translated into English and Spanish);
Saturday, April 21
*In-Plant Retread/Repair Failures. Presenters: Gary Tatum, Goodyear senior engineer and Noel Walters, senior technical director, Truflex/Pang Rubber Products Co.;
*Proper Tire Valve Selection and Installation. Moderator: Kevin Rohlwing, ITRA director of training. Presenters: Pete Fountain, plant manager/engineer, Haltec Corp. and David Magoulick, original equipment specialist, Myers Tire Supply Co.
*Recycled Rubber Products Primer—An "On-the-Exhibit-Floor" Learning Workshop. Team Leaders: Richard Gust, executive vice president, Lakin General Corp.; Tom Secor, president, Durable Corp.; and Mary Sikora, president, Recycling Research Institute; and
*International Walking Tour of Tire Recycling Exhibits. Claudia Sandoval, president, Integrated Tire Inc. (presented in Spanish).
For registration information, contact ITRA: (800) 426-8835 or (502) 968-8900; E-mail: [email protected]; Internet: www.itra.com.
To showcase the upcoming Expo, ITRA has created a virtual "Sneak Preview" that Internet users can access at its Web site.
"Today´s technology enables us to share a virtual preview of the World ITRA Expo with the industry," said Jim Wells, ITRA director of marketing and sales.