WASHINGTON — U.S. Representatives Joe Wilson, R-S.C., and Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., have formed a bipartisan Congressional Tire Caucus to represent the interests of the U.S. tire manufacturing industry.
Messrs. Wilson and Cooper represent states with significant and growing tire manufacturing footprints. Among the causus' goals will be to highlight the tire industry's economic impact, sustainability, safety and future mobility.
Anne Forristal Luke, president and CEO of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA), applauded the congressmen's initiative, saying the U.S. tire industry is "fortunate to have such esteemed distinguished co-chairs helping raise awareness for significant industry issues and legislative priorities.
"I'm eager to continue strengthening our competitiveness and furthering understanding of our manufacturers' contributions to the economy and motorist safety with the bipartisan support of the Congressional Tire Caucus," she said.
The formation also comes on the heels of USTMA's first-ever sustainability report — which highlighted the industry's focus on safety through innovation and environmental stewardship — and just ahead of National Tire Safety Week, being held May 20-27 this year.