The Missouri Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association awarded four $750 scholarships and discussed changing its name during its annual convention, held Aug. 2-4 at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach.
Four students whose families are employed by member dealerships were awarded the scholarships, the association said. Those recipients are Erin Hardesty of Hardesty Alignment in Platte City; Rachel Mertens of Autotire Car Care Centers in St. Peters; Lindsay Phillips of Kinkade Tire in North Kansas City; and Rachel Vogt of Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers in North Ridge.
During the meeting, the MTDRA discussed changing its name to the Missouri Tire Industry Association-a change the group has implemented this month, according to Joe Inchiostro, the group's president.
``We thought it would be a tie-in to the national association,'' he said. ``It indicates that the industry is broader and wider than it has been in the past in terms of involvement by suppliers.''
Mr. Inchiostro noted that the Missouri group wants to maintain a closer relationship with the national Tire Industry Association on government relations and exchange information on legislative issues in Missouri and Washington, D.C.
The group also inducted Mike Berra, founder of Community Tire Co. Inc., Bob Purcell, founder of Purcell Tire & Rubber Co., and Ed Weiss, MTDRA's first full-time executive director, into the newly formed MTDRA Hall of Fame. The families of the three inductees received the awards posthumously on their behalf.
The MTDRA created the Hall of Fame, Mr. Inchiostro said, to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the growth and development of Missouri's tire industry.