Jim MacMaster Elected New RMA Chairman of the Board

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WASHINGTON, D.C.September 25, 2007 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association has elected Jim MacMaster as chairman of the board of directors. MacMaster is Executive Vice President, Business Division for Yokohama Tire Corporation.

MacMaster succeeds Mark A. Emkes, Chairman and CEO of Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc. and Chairman and CEO of Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC.

MacMaster has worked in the tire industry for more than 30 years. He joined Yokohama Tire Corporation in 1981 as Territory Manager of a 14-state sales region. Since then, he has held various positions, including division manager, director of sales, director of marketing and vice president of the company’s Commercial Division. Prior to Yokohama, he served with Dunlop Tire and United Tire in sales management positions.

“Mark Emkes provided crucial leadership to the tire industry in his two years as chairman and we are deeply appreciative of his commitment, Donald B. Shea, RMA president and CEO.

In the past two years, RMA faced a number of critical public policy issues including state and federal attempts to impose tire rolling resistance performance standards.

“RMA continues to require strong leadership from its members to help guide the industry on vital public policy issues,” Shea said. “We know that Jim MacMaster’s broad experience in the tire industry will continue this industry’s ability to meet challenges.”

“A strong trade association is crucial to the tire industry’s ability to foster a cooperative, consensus approach to public policy challenges,” MacMaster said. “I am both humbled and excited by this opportunity to help lead RMA during the next two years and look forward to working with my industry colleagues on the issues we face.”

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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.