WASHINGTON — For the second year, the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) has selected "Tire Manufacturing Ambassadors" from its member companies to meet with federal lawmakers as advocates for issues important to the tire manufacturing industry.
Each of the USTMA's 12 members chose employees from their plants who, in the association's words, embody the industry's commitment to safety and demonstrate superior leadership, passion and service.
"Our ambassadors and the facilities in which they work are impacted by the decisions of our nation's policymakers and maintain a unique perspective that needs to be heard by members of Congress," USTMA President and CEO Anne Forristall Luke said.
Accompanied by USTMA staff, the ambassadors met with staffers in a dozen congressional offices representing states that have a strong tire manufacturing presence, the association said, without identifying which representatives were visited.
Among the topics covered were the 232 tariffs imposed earlier this year on steel imports, which the USTMA maintains will have potential negative implications on the tire manufacturing industry and the U.S. economy.