USTMA “TIRE MANUFACTURING AMBASSADORS” TAKE TO CAPITOL HILL

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Tire Manufacturer Employees Bring Industry Insights and Perspectives to Policymakers

WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 26, 2018 –Twelve “Tire Manufacturing Ambassadors” today met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill as a part of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association’s (USTMA) second annual advocacy initiative. The program brings employees from USTMA member companies to Washington, D.C. to discuss key issues affecting the tire manufacturing industry and to highlight the industry’s economic contributions. 

Each USTMA member company selected a representative who embodies the industry’s commitment to safety and demonstrates superior leadership, passion and service.

“We are proud to partner with our Tire Manufacturing Ambassadors to represent our industry’s issues in Congress,” said Anne Forristall Luke, USTMA President and CEO. “Our Ambassadors and the facilities in which they work are impacted by the decisions of our nation’s policymakers and maintain a unique perspective that needs to be heard by members of Congress.”

The Tire Manufacturing Ambassadors and USTMA staff met with a dozen congressional offices from states with a strong tire manufacturing presence. The Tire Manufacturing Ambassadors discussed the contributions tire manufacturing facilities bring to the national and local economy including more than 737,000 jobs in the U.S. and another 284,000 jobs through manufacturing, distribution and retailing, and 450,000 additional U.S. jobs in supplier and induced activities. In addition, they also discussed the recent 232 tariffs imposed on steel imports citing potential negative implications on the tire manufacturing industry and the U.S. economy.

The U.S. tire manufacturing industry contributes nearly $150 billion in economic output and pays $21 billion in state, federal and local taxes.

The 2018 USTMA Tire Manufacturing Ambassadors are:

FRANCES ELLIS-LYNCH
Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
Quality Assurance Officer
Wilson, North Carolina

 

LARSEN CLINE
Continental Tire the Americas, LLC
Executive Assistant to Plant Manager
Sumter, South Carolina

 

LUKE SCHROEDER
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Engineering Manager
Findlay, Ohio

 

ASHLEY STEWART
Giti Tire (USA) Ltd.
Market Research Analyst
Fort Mill, South Carolina

 

ANTHONY JACKSON
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Technical Leader
Fayetteville, North Carolina

 

WES BOLING
Hankook Tire America Corp.
Public Affairs Manager
Nashville, Tennessee

 

BINH DANG
Kumho Tire U.S.A., Inc.
Inside Sales Manager
Atlanta, Georgia

 

JACKIE BRANSCOMB
Michelin North America, Inc.
Tire Performance Engineer
Greenville, South Carolina

 

SARAH SANDIDGE
Pirelli Tire North America
Account Manager
Rome, Georgia

 

NICHOLAS KREUTER
Sumitomo Rubber Industries
Industrial Engineer
Buffalo, New York

 

CHRISTOPHER MAJOR
Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc.
Group Leader - Technical Mold Group
White, Georgia

 

CHRISTIAN YATES
Yokohama Tire Corporation
Senior Environmental Specialist
Salem, Virginia

 

 

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About U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association:

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S. Our 12 member companies operate 56 tire-related manufacturing facilities in 17 states and generate over $27 billion in annual sales. We directly support more than a quarter million tire manufacturing U.S. jobs – totaling almost $20 billion in wages. In 2017, USTMA members accounted for 82 percent of the 316 million passenger, light truck and truck tire shipments in the U.S.

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