RMA Names Dr. Charles A. Cannon as President and CEO

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Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.May 29, 2008 - Dr. Charles A. Cannon was named President and CEO of RMA. He has served in that role on an interim basis since February.

“Next January, a new administration in Washington will present new challenges and new opportunities. We are adamant in our belief that the tire and rubber industry needs to be prepared for January 2009 and the days and months that follow,” said James MacMaster, Chairman of the RMA Board of Directors (Yokohama Tire Corporation). “For that reason, the RMA Executive Committee is in agreement that Charlie Cannon is clearly the right person to be the RMA CEO.”

Cannon got his start in Washington on the staff of the House Appropriations Committee followed by several years with United Technologies Washington, D.C. office. He has managed Cannon Consultants, Inc., for the last twenty years, serving such diverse clients as Los Alamos National Laboratory, The National Audubon Society and the California Energy Commission.

Dr. Cannon also has served as CEO for Land Mine Detection Systems, Inc., was co-founder and Vice President for New Product Development Consortium, a venture capital consortium, and he was Executive Vice-President for the Composting Council and the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation.

Cannon earned his PhD from Stanford University, an MA from Rice University, and a BA from Columbia University.

“On behalf of RMA’s Executive Committee, let me say how excited we are over the prospect of Charlie Cannon leading the RMA as our CEO,” MacMaster said. “We believe that his leadership will help us build a stronger and more vibrant RMA.”

“I am looking forward to working with RMA’s members to address the many challenging issues facing this industry, Cannon said. “This is a unique and exhilarating opportunity for me and I am thrilled at the prospect of continuing to work with an industry with such a long and distinguished history.”

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.

RMA Signs Commitment to Work With US Mexican Governments on Border Scrap Tire Management Initiative

RMA Committement Letter

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Dan Zielinski
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dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.May 15, 2008 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association has signed a letter of understanding with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources to implement a bilateral scrap tire management initiative.

The letter was signed during the recent Border 2012 meeting which occurred during the International Tire Conference in San Diego. The conference was hosted by the California Integrated Waste Management Board in cooperation with RMA. RMA is the only non-government entity that has signed a letter of understanding.

The U.S.–Mexico Border Scrap Tire Integrated Management Initiative, referred to as the Tire Initiative, was signed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) in October 2006 as a result of commitments made by the United States and Mexico during the 2004 Binational Commission meeting to develop an environmentally sustainable scrap tire management framework.

“Since 2000, RMA has been dedicated to the border region by being a leading source of information, building infrastructure and developing tire markets along the border,” RMA said in a letter to EPA and SEMARNAT. “We understand that the U.S.-Mexico Border Scrap Tire Integrated Management Initiative provides concrete actions that when employed have great potential to contribute significantly to the prevention of future border scrap tire piles.”

The goals of the Tire Initiative are to clean up old tire stockpiles, prevent the creation of new stockpiles, better understand the problems of scrap tire generation and involve stakeholders and communities in developing solutions.

The Tire Initiative also seeks to create environmentally acceptable and economically promising end-use markets for scrap tires.

“RMA has had a long commitment toward working with all stakeholders and both the U.S. and Mexican governments to achieve workable solutions to scrap tire management issues along the border of our nations,” said Michael Blumenthal, RMA vice president, resource recovery. “We appreciate the opportunity to work together to clean up border communities and prevent the creation of additional scrap tire stockpiles.”

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.

National Tire Safety Week Events Educate Motorists

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Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.May 6, 2008 - More than 19,000 tire retail, auto dealers, automotive repair shops and others participated in the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s seventh annual National Tire Safety Week this year.
RMA co-sponsored and participated in three tire care education and media events with a number of Be Tire Smart partners.

In San Francisco on April 21, RMA teamed with the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB), AAA of Northern California and San Francisco police at a city Chevron gas station to check tire pressure, distribute literature and communicate tire care messages. CIWMB Chair Margo Reid Brown spoke at the event to urge motorists to check their tires so they will last longer. The agency launched a tire sustainability program last year as part of its scrap tire management mission in the state.

The next day, RMA participated in an event in southern California at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale that provided media guests with an opportunity to experience braking and driving a slalom course on both properly inflated and under inflated tires.

The event was co-sponsored by the Auto Club of Southern California and Yokohama Tire Corporation. Jim MacMaster, Yokohama Executive Vice President, Business Division and Chairman of the RMA Board of Directors spoke of the tire industry’s commitment to educating consumers about the environmental and safety benefits of proper tire care. Officers of the California Highway Patrol also participated.

On April 24, RMA and Firestone Complete Auto Care held an event at East Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia. Firestone Complete Auto Care technicians checked tire pressure and taught students how to properly maintain tires. More than 600 vehicles were checked during the event. Students who drove to school had the opportunity throughout the day to have their tires checked and to learn about the importance of proper tire pressure.

As part of the event, East Paulding High School students had the opportunity to help raise funds for a local charity Cops for Kids, an organization that promotes positive police interaction with students aged 13-16. RMA and Firestone Complete Auto Care also contributed $1,000 to the organization.

“We are very pleased with the partnerships we’ve developed over the past several years to help promote important tire care messages,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. “The events we facilitated, however, were just a fraction of the activities that were undertaken by all of our partners. We are incredibly thankful to everyone who participated this year to raise awareness of the benefits of proper tire care to help save lives, save fuel and protect the environment.”

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.