Who is ‘Tire Smart’?

Survey Shows Tire Care Awareness Differs Between Men & Women, Generations

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.June 3, 2013 - Anew national survey finds that only one in six US drivers is “tire smart” when it comes to checking tire pressure – a quick and simple step that can optimize vehicle safety and fuel economy and helps tires last longer.

The survey also found that women are less likely to be “tire smart” than men, and that younger drivers (18-39) are less likely to know basic tire care compared to older (60+) drivers.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), which represents tire manufacturers in the U.S., conducted the survey to gauge motorists’ awareness about proper tire maintenance. Significant differences exist between men and women and also between younger and older drivers.

Release of the survey coincides with the RMA-sponsored “National Tire Safety Week,” an initiative within the group’s Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART consumer tire care education program.

Men are more likely than women to be “tire smart,” according to the survey. About 20 percent of men and 14 percent of women are considered “tire smart.” The survey identifies “tire smart” drivers as those who know to check tire pressure monthly; know to check tires when they are cold (before driving) and; know where to find the correct inflation pressure for their vehicle’s tires – a tire information label on the driver’s door or door jamb or in the owner’s manual.

A more stark difference exists between generations. Twenty-seven percent of drivers aged 60 and older are “tire smart” while only 8 percent of drivers 18-39 know the basic tips for properly checking tire pressure.

Under inflated tires pose a safety risk, waste fuel and cause premature tire wear. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle crashes involving tires contribute to 195 fatalities annually. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that properly inflated tires can save about 11 cents a gallon at today’s gas prices.

RMA urges motorists to Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART.

Pressure: Check tire pressure monthly with a tire gauge and inflate to vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure.
Alignment: Misalignment of wheels can cause uneven and rapid tread-wear.
Rotation: Rotate tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles to help you achieve more uniform wear.
Tread: Advanced and unusual wear can reduce the ability of tread to grip the road in adverse conditions.

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Florida Legislature Advances Legislation To Prohibit Sale Of Unsafe Used Tires

Worn-out, Damaged, Dangerous Used Tires Readily Available

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 3, 2013 – Legislation to prohibit the sale of unsafe used tires that are readily available and pose a significant risk to motorists is advancing in the Florida Legislature.

SB 1588 is supported by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the national trade organization for tire manufacturers, which says that businesses should not be permitted to offer tires that are worn out, damaged or exhibit other unsafe conditions. Another bill, HB 485, was recently amended and it now conforms to SB 1588. Each bill has been passed unanimously by a committee in its respective chamber.Both bills identify conditions that identify an unsafe used tire.

“If enacted, this legislation will help improve highway and motorist safety in Florida by addressing the sale of unsafe used tires,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president. “Safety is the highest priority for the tire industry and we fully support this legislation.”

To demonstrate the problem and availability of unsafe used tires, RMA and its members purchased several examples of unsafe used tires from Florida used tire stores. Each tire exhibited one or more conditions that are clearly unsafe: worn out, visible damage to the tread or other portions of a tire or; improperly repaired.

“Unsafe used tires are readily available for sale across the nation,” Zielinski said. “Any used tire is a risky proposition since it’s impossible to know the service history of a tire used by someone else. But some businesses are compounding that problem by selling tires that anyone in the tire business should know are dangerous.”

RMA obtained tires that were bald; had significant damage; or had punctures that were improperly repaired or not repaired at all.

Tires worn to 2/32nds of an inch are considered bald and are dangerous. Such tires no longer provide sufficient grip on the road, particularly under wet conditions. Tires with damage exposing steel belts or other internal components threaten a tire’s structural integrity. Improperly repaired tires can suffer loss of inflation pressure or have hidden damage that may contribute to tire failure.

“We are working to educate policymakers and consumers about the dangers of unsafe used tires and will advocate state laws to prohibit the sale of used tires with conditions that pose a significant motorist safety risk,” Zielinski said. “Consumers may think used tires are a bargain but saving a few dollars isn’t worth the risk if your choice includes a worn out or damaged tire.”

RMA published an information bulletin on used tires several years ago. The group is currently advocating unsafe used tire legislation in Florida and Texas.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.

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2012 Tire Shipments Unchanged

1.5 Percent Rebound Anticipated In 2013

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

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 3, 2013 – Tire shipments remained unchanged in 2012 at 284 million total units, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) as a 10 percent increase in OE shipments offset a nearly 2 percent decrease in replacement shipments.

The absence of overall growth can primarily be attributed to a cautious consumer as well as economic uncertainties in both the commercial and consumer sectors of the replacement market.

Nonetheless, there are several positive signs including, a declining unemployment rate, a rebound in housing, and increases in vehicle sales and vehicle miles traveled. These and other macroeconomic factors should result in approximately 288 million total tire shipments in 2013, an increase of approximately 4 million units or nearly 1.5 percent.

Original equipment (OE) tire shipments for both the light vehicle and commercial truck sectors increased 10 percent for 2012 due to increased demand for light vehicles and commercial trucks. A nearly 6 percent growth is forecast for 2013 as new vehicle demand is expected to increase light vehicle sales to more than 15 million.

Replacement tire shipments declined in 2012 to approximately 235 million total units – a nearly 5 million unit decrease, or about 2 percent decline. For 2013, a modest increase of 1 million units is anticipated as small growth is expected in the Gross Domestic Product and the Industrial Production Index for both the consumer and commercial sectors.

RMA’s Tire Market Analysis Committee report for key categories and their respective segments for 2012 and its forecast for 2013 include:

  • Original Equipment (OE) Passenger Tires: Passenger OE tire shipments increased by 12.1 percent to 40 million units in 2012, a 4.3 million unit improvement. This reflects the 1.7 million unit increase in light vehicle sales for 2012, reaching approximately 14.4 million light vehicles. For 2013, light vehicle sales are anticipated to increase another 4.2 percent and crest the 15 million unit mark. As such, 2013 OE passenger shipments are expected to increase more than 6 percent or approximately 2.7 million units.
  • Original Equipment Light Truck (LT) Tires: Light truck OE tires increased 1.5 percent in 2012 to 4.3 million units as domestic vehicle production using LT tires experienced a marginal increase due to soft economic conditions in this sector. This category is forecast to grow by nearly 100,000 units in 2013, or approximately 3 percent.
  • Original Equipment Medium/Wide-Base/Heavy On-Highway Commercial Truck Tires: A increase in demand for commercial trucks and trailers in 2012 boosted commercial OE tire shipments by 2.6 percent, reaching approximately 5.1 million units. However, demand for new trucks is expected to level off in 2013 and little or no change in the total OE tire units is anticipated.
  • Replacement Passenger Tire: 2012 shipments decreased by 3.5 million units, or 1.8 percent, to 190.9 million units as anticipated demand failed to materialize due to continued soft economic conditions and cautious consumers. For 2013, improving economic conditions, positive signs of jobs added, and growth in vehicle miles traveled will be tempered by spending pressure on consumers. As a result passenger replacement shipments are forecast to increase by a modest 1 million units.
  • Replacement Light Truck Tire: Total 2012 LT replacement shipments was 28.1 million units, a decrease of approximately 500,000 units, or 1.9 percent. A nearly 1 percent growth is forecast for 2013 given the slowly improving economy and signs of improvement in the housing market.
  • Replacement Medium/Wide-Base/Heavy On-Highway Commercial Truck Tires: For 2012, this market declined by 4 percent, or 700,000 units, to 15.8 million units as fleets opt for new equipment and the economy remained sluggish. No increase is forecast for 2013 owing to a sluggish commercial sector.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.

RMA’s Tire Market Analysis Committee is comprised of tire market professionals representing the major U.S. tire manufacturers, which account for more than 90 percent of all U.S. tire shipments. Their analyses and forecasts of current and future industry activity include a review of RMA tire industry and economic data, government trade figures, and vehicle sales and production. TMAC develops its consensus view for tire demand from this process. The views expressed in this release are not the sole opinion of any one committee member, member company, or RMA representative.

Proposed Law Will Prohibit Sale of Unsafe Used Tires

Worn-out, Damaged Tires Readily Available
Testimony of the Rubber Manufacturers Association

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 27, 2013 – A Texas Senate committee today is considering a bill to prohibit the sale of unsafe used tires that are readily available and pose a significant risk to motorists.

SB 459, introduced by Sen. Jose Rodriguez (D), is supported by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the national trade organization for tire manufacturers. RMA, which is testifying at today’s hearing, believes businesses should not be permitted to offer tires that are worn out, damaged or exhibit other unsafe conditions.

“This legislation will help improve highway and motorist safety in Texas by addressing the sale of unsafe used tires,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president. “Safety is the highest priority for the tire industry and we support this legislation.”

To demonstrate the problem and availability of unsafe used tires, RMA purchased several used tires from used tire stores in Texas. Each tire exhibited one or more conditions that are clearly unsafe: worn out, visible damage to the tread or other portions of a tire or; improperly repaired.

“Unsafe used tires are readily available for sale across the nation,” Zielinski said. “Any used tire is a risky proposition since it’s impossible to know the service history of a tire used by someone else. But some businesses are compounding that problem by selling tires that anyone in the tire business should know are dangerous.”

Tires worn to 2/32nds of an inch are considered bald and are dangerous. Such tires no longer provide sufficient grip on the road, particularly under wet conditions. Tires with damage exposing steel belts or other internal components threaten a tire’s structural integrity. Improperly repaired tires can suffer loss of inflation pressure or have hidden damage that may contribute to tire failure.

“We are working to educate policymakers and consumers about the dangers of unsafe used tires and will advocate state laws to prohibit the sale of used tires with conditions that pose a significant motorist safety risk,” Zielinski said. “Consumers may think used tires are a bargain but saving a few dollars isn’t worth the risk if your choice includes a worn out or damaged tire.”

RMA published an information bulletin on used tires several years ago. The group is currently advocating unsafe used tire legislation in Florida and Texas.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.

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RMA Tire Industry Service Bulletin

Rubber Modified Asphalt Conference Announced

RUBBER MODIFIED ASPHALT CONFERENCE ANNOUNCED

Goal to Educate Policymakers, Stakeholders on New Applications, Research Advances

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 18, 2013 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), Rubber Pavement Association and the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society today announced the 6th Conference on the Use of Rubber Modified Asphalt.

Conference co-hosts are: the Asphalt Institute, the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), and the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) and the Federal Highway Administration. The conference is scheduled for October 15-17, 2013 at the Fiesta Resort in Tempe, Arizona.

“There is renewed interest in rubber modified asphalt by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) state departments of transportation and the industry,” said Michael Blumenthal, RMA vice president. “Additionally there have been several significant changes, both in new applications and advances in research that will lead to new opportunities to use rubber modified asphalts.”

Topics to be discussed will be non-commercial, definitive and will include an analysis of performance grading, use as a thermal blanket, specifications, and case studies from departments of transportation.

“FHWA will be working with the conference organizers to bring officials from selected states to attend the conference,” Blumenthal stated. “It is this type of cooperative program that can truly have an impact on advancing the use of rubber modified asphalts. Another goal will be to have states represented at the conference by both their respective department of transportation and the person responsible for scrap tire management or market development,” Blumenthal added.

Additionally there will be a meeting of the Resource Conservation Challenge Scrap Tire Work Group on Monday, October 14th, which will further add to the unique nature of this venue.

For additional information on the conference and to register, go to www.stref.org.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.

Tire Makers Recognized for Worker Safety Achievements

TIRE MAKERS RECOGNIZED FOR WORKER SAFETY ACHIEVEMENTS

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

Click here to view the complete list of award recipients.

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 12, 2013 – Four tire manufacturers were recognized for improvements in worker health and safety at the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s annual meeting today.

RMA’s Safety and Health Improvement Program (SHIP), created in 1981, recognizes member companies that achieve significant enhancements in worker health and safety with awards. The SHIP awards encourage and reward a company’s demonstrated commitment to worker health and safety.

“Today’s awards are clear evidence of this industry’s strong and tireless commitment to worker safety,” said Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO.

Two categories of awards are presented to companies that demonstrate workplace safety improvements, which are measured by the incidence rate for lost workday cases. The “Excellence” category is for facilities that achieve a Days Away Restricted Transfer (DART) rate that is 75 percent better than the average achieved by plants that provided data to RMA.

The “Improvement” award is for plants that achieve a Days Away Restricted Transfer (DART) rate that is both 10 percent better than its rate in the previous year and the same or better than the RMA average incidence rate.

For 2013, three Excellence awards and 11 Improvement Awards were presented.

Excellence Awards

Bridgestone Americas Manufacturing Group – Graniteville, South Carolina

Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions -Griffin, Georgia

Pirelli Tire LLC – Rome, Georgia

Improvement Awards

Bridgestone Americas Manufacturing Group – LaVergne, Tennessee
Des Moines, Iowa
Morrison,Tennessee
Wilson, North Carolina

Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions – Abilene, Texas

Michelin North America, Inc.- Greenville, South Carolina (US1)
Greenville, South Carolina (PRIME)
Midland City, Alabama (US4)
Lexington, South Carolina (US7)

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company -
Danville, Virginia
Akron, Ohio

Forty-one RMA member facilities supplied data for the annual survey to determine the extent of workplace safety improvements. The data supplied to RMA is identical to information provided to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, which publishes injury and illness information on all industries.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.

Free RMA tire care and service materials on the way

No Growth for 2012 Tire Shipments

No Growth for 2012 Tire Shipments
Nearly 2 Percent Rebound Anticipated In 2013

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 18, 2012 – Tire shipments are projected to remain unchanged in 2012 at 284 millionon units, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) as an increase in OE shipments offset a decrease in replacement shipments.

The lack of overall growth can primarily be attributed to continued economic sluggishness. However, an increase in vehicle miles traveled and anticipated economic growth should result in a nearly 2 percent increase in 2013, or approximately 6 million units to 290 million total units.

Original equipment (OE) tire shipments for both the light vehicle and commercial truck sectors are forecast to increase nearly 13 percent for 2012 due to increased demand for light vehicles and commercial trucks. Nearly 4 percent growth is forecast for 2013 as new vehicle demand is expected to increase light vehicle sales to more than 15 million.

Replacement tire shipments will drop to 234 million units in 2012 – a nearly 6 million unit decrease or about 2.5 percent. For 2013, an increase of more than 3 million units is anticipated as growth in the Gross Domestic Product and the Industrial Production Index for both the consumer and commercial sectors is projected.

RMA’s Tire Market Analysis Committee forecast for key categories and their respective segments for 2012 include:

  • Original Equipment (OE) Passenger Tires: Passenger OE tire shipments are anticipated to increase to 41 million units in 2012, a more than 5 million unit improvement, or slightly more than 15 percent, as light vehicle purchases continue to increase. 2013 OE passenger shipments are expected to increase more than 4 percent or 1.7 million units. Increased OE shipments are anticipated due to projected total light vehicle sales of greater than 15 million in 2013 – about a 700,000 unit increase above 2012 vehicle sales of more than 14 million.
  • Original Equipment Light Truck (LT) Tires: Light truck OE tires are projected to increase nearly 2 percent in 2012 to 4.3 million units as domestic vehicle production using LT tires experienced a small increase due to soft economic conditions in this sector. This category is forecast to grow by an additional 2.8 percent to nearly 4.4 million units in 2013.
  • Original Equipment Medium/Wide-Base/Heavy On-Highway Commercial Truck Tires: Increased demand for commercial trucks and trailers will boost commercial OE tire shipments by more than 5 percent for 2012, reaching approximately 5.2 million units. However, a sluggish forecast for the 2013 Industrial Production Index should limit growth in 2013 commercial OE shipments to approximately 2 percent, or nearly 5.3 million total units.
  • Replacement Passenger Tire: 2012 shipments will decrease by over 4 million units, or nearly 2 percent, to 190 million units as anticipated demand failed to materialize due to continued soft economic conditions and cautious consumers. According to R.L. Polk, “…..the increased average age of vehicles on the road, which now stands at 10.8 years for cars and light trucks combined, offer promise for the automotive aftermarket.” These factors bode well for this market segment, with an expected increase of 3 million tire units projected for 2013.
  • Replacement Light Truck Tire: Total 2012 LT replacement shipments will be approximately 28 million, a decrease of approximately 600,000 units, or 2 percent. Little or no growth is forecast for 2013 as the economy remains soft and new light truck sales further weaken demand for replacement tires.
  • Replacement Medium/Wide-Base/Heavy On-Highway Commercial Truck Tires: For 2012, this market is forecast to decline by approximately 5 percent, or 900,000 units, to 15.7 million units as fleets opt for new equipment and the economy remains sluggish. However, 2013 shipments are expected to increase nearly 4 percent, or approximately 600,000 units.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.

RMA’s Tire Market Analysis Committee is comprised of tire market professionals representing the major U.S. tire manufacturers, which account for more than 90 percent of all U.S. tire shipments. Their analyses and forecasts of current and future industry activity include a review of RMA tire industry and economic data, government trade figures, and vehicle sales and production. TMAC develops its consensus view for tire demand from this process. The views expressed in this release are not the sole opinion of any one committee member, member company, or RMA representative.

2013 National Tire Safety Week Announced

2013 NATIONAL TIRE SAFETY WEEK ANNOUNCED

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 5, 2012 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association today announced that the 2013 National Tire Safety Week will be held June 2-8.

National Tire Safety Week is an initiative of the RMA’s “Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART” program, a year-round effort designed to help drivers learn the simple steps they can take to ensure that their tires are in good working condition. RMA is the national trade association for tire manufacturers.

Tire manufacturers and retailers nationwide will work to educate motorists about proper tire care and maintenance. RMA provides tire retailers, auto dealers and automotive repair shops with free “Be Tire Smart” brochures and other materials. Many participating retail outlets use the opportunity to promote tire care through advertising, promotions, free tire pressure checks and community and media outreach.

More than 20,000 tire dealers, auto dealers and automotive repair shops participated during the 2012 National Tire Safety Week. The annual event is an industry-wide opportunity to talk about basic tire maintenance practices with consumers to help them promote safety, tire longevity and fuel economy.

Tire and auto retailers who are interested in obtaining free RMA materials for National Tire Safety Week can order them online at www.betiresmart.org. Those who have participated in the event before can expect to receive materials again this year.

The Be Tire Smart program is funded by RMA’s tire manufacturer members: Bridgestone Americas, Inc., Continental Tire the Americas, LLC, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Michelin North America, Inc., Pirelli Tire North America, Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc., and Yokohama Tire Corporation.

For more information on the Be Tire Smart Program and National Tire Safety Week visit www.betiresmart.org.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.

Survey Shows Increase in Baldness – of Tires

Millions of Vehicles Riding on Bald Tires; Industry Urges Motorists to Be Tire Smart

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

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 14, 2012 – More than one in eight U.S. vehicles has bald tires, according to survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), which represents this country’s tire manufacturers. With bald tires, vehicles cannot properly grip the road, may experience increased stopping distances; and hydroplane on wet roads. These conditions all increase the risk of a crash – especially in adverse weather conditions.

A 2012 RMA survey of 5,300 vehicles found that more than 13 percent had at least one bald tire – an increase from 10.4 percent recorded in a 2010 survey. Further, a 2011RMA phone survey of motorists found that 64 percent did not know how to check tire tread depth and 9 percent or respondents said they never check tire tread depth.

“Tire care is critical to keeping your vehicle road-ready,” said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president. “Bald tires are dangerous and may lead to loss of vehicle control, particularly on wet roads. Checking tire tread is easy and inexpensive to do. All you need is a penny.”

RMA recommends the “penny test” to check tire tread depth. Simply insert a penny with Lincoln’s head upside down into the tread of each tire. If you can see the entire top of his head, your tire is considered bald because it has less than one-sixteenth of an inch of tread depth. Bald tires must be replaced immediately to reduce the risk of a crash.

Through its national tire maintenance education effort, Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART, RMA urges motorists to check tire pressure with a tire gauge and measure tread depth every month. RMA also recommends regular tire rotation and wheel alignment to help ensure even tire wear. PART is an acronym that refers to four essential tire care elements:

  • Pressure: Under-inflation is the leading cause of wear and tear of tires. Check tire pressure monthly; use the correct inflation pressure for your vehicle (locate sticker on driver’s door or refer to owner’s manual); and check tires before you drive or wait 3 hours afterward.
  • Alignment: Misalignment of wheels in the front or rear can cause uneven and rapid tread-wear.
  • Rotation: Regularly rotating your vehicle’s tires (every 5,000-8,000 miles) will help you achieve more uniform wear.
  • Tread: Advanced and unusual wear can reduce the ability of tread to grip the road in adverse conditions. Use the “penny test” to check tread depth.

For more information on proper tire care, visit www.betiresmart.org; @BeTireSmart on Twitter or Be Tire Smart on Facebook.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.