New Era: RMA Now a Tire Manufacturer-Only Organization

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WASHINGTON, D.C.October 21, 2010 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association has successfully completed a reorganization and is now a trade association dedicated to a singular mission, to represent the interests of tire manufacturers in the United States.

“The restructured RMA will bring an intense focus to the pressing regulatory and legislative needs of the U.S. tire manufacturing industry,” said Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “The host of general issues that impact the elastomer products sector will be handled by a new organization, the Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers (ARPM). APRM will meet in Indianapolis this week and we wish them well,” Cannon said.

Earlier this year, RMA’s Board of Directors approved a plan to restructure the organization to better serve the interests of its membership. The restructuring resulted in two separate organizations – one that represents tire manufacturers and one to serve the needs of elastomer products manufacturers. Each organization is an independent 501(c)(6) trade association with its own board of directors, officers, budget and management.

Cannon said, “Separating the two entities will reduce costs and improve the performance of each organization. Each group will be positioned to better serve the immediate needs of its members while preserving the opportunity to work together on issues of mutual interest.”

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