Several tire repairers and retreaders went home from the 2005 World Tire Expo with extra cash in their wallets as a result of winning two contests sponsored by the Tread Rubber and Repair Materials Manufacturers Group (TRMG).
In the 30th Retread Appearance Contest, four retreaders earned Best of Show ribbons and $500 prizes:
* Passenger and light truck: Francisco Ferreira, plant manager, Lider Remoldagem & Commercio De Pneus Ltda., Serra, Brazil;
* Mold cure truck: Darrell L. Yoder Jr., plant manager, Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems L.L.C., Brunswick, Ohio;
* Precure truck: Robert Stolinski, plant manager, TM Tire Co. Inc., Crestwood, Ill.; and
* Specialty: Bob Maldenado, plant manager, Desser Tire & Rubber Co., Montebello, Calif.
The Best of Show retreads met the following requirements: No surface-enhancing products were used; the entry reflected standard retread production without too much extra work; and the entry was not a new tire buffed for a casing. In addition, judges looked for entries that had aligned casing and retread DOT numbers and had no visible buff marks.
In the first-ever Excellence in Tire Repair Contest-conducted during the World Tire Expo-four winners were chosen.
Mr. Yoder of Wingfoot Commercial Tire took the top prize, earning a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond. Second place and a $500 U.S. Savings Bond went to Steve Battishill of Dempster Tire Sales Inc., Middletown, Ohio. Jermaine Franklin of Raben Tire Co., Clarksville, Ind., finished third earning a $300 U.S. Savings Bond; and Jimmie Landes of Big ``L'' Tire Co., Harrisonburg, Va., took fourth and received a $200 U.S. Savings Bond.
Contestants were given a 10-question quiz and judged on their ability to perform all the steps for installing a standard puncture repair in a radial truck tire. The first-through fourth-place finishers posted scores of between 98 and 91, with 100 being a perfect score.
``As an organization, TRMG can't emphasize the importance of proper tire repair enough,'' said Norm Hall, TRMG chairman. ``Our goal with the Excellence in Repair Contest was to recognize the skill and ability of today's technicians and thank them for continually protecting motorists by repairing tires using the correct procedures, guidelines and materials.''