PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. (Nov. 28, 2001)—Federal officials will meet with industry representatives in Washington Dec. 10-11 to discuss increasing the use of retreaded tires on government fleet vehicles.
Ken Collings of the GSA and Dana Arnold of the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive will host the gathering, which will include invited guests from other government agencies, the Tire Retread Information Bureau, International Tire & Rubber Association, Tire Association of North America and the industry at large.
TRIB Managing Director Harvey Brodsky, who announced the meeting, said he organized it after learning Ken Collings of GSA, who formerly headed the federal tire program in the mid 1990s, was being asked to review current government procurement of retreaded tires.
Mr. Brodsky said he is encouraged at the prospect of seeing more retreaded tires used by government vehicles, but warned against building up false hopes regarding future business with government fleets.
Government fleet managers are among the most savvy in demanding high product quality and guaranteed performance, he said, adding that only those retreaders able to meet the government's stringent purchasing requirements have a chance at gaining new business.
Anyone seeking additional information about the gathering can contact TRIB by telephone at (831) 372-1917 or via e-mail: [email protected]