Rep. Diane Black learned how the retread industry's benefits  the economy and the environment during a visit to Marangoni headquarters in Tennessee.

Rep. Diane Black learned how the retread industry's benefits  the economy and the environment during a visit to Marangoni headquarters in Tennessee.

Marangoni Tread North America Inc. hosted Rep. Diane Black at its headquarters in Madison, Tenn., during “Made in America” week.

The Trump administration promoted U.S. products and manufacturing during “Made in America” week, which began on July 17. Black’s visit was a result of Marangoni’s efforts to raise awareness of the retreading industry among the nation’s legislators.

She is the first member of Congress to respond to an invitation from Marangoni to discuss free and fair trade on behalf of the entire American retread industry. Marangoni sent the invitation to 11 senators and representatives.

Marangoni says Black expressed an interest in learning more about the impact of dumping low quality, non-retreadable, one- life tires into America. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 and represents Tennessee’s 6th district, comprised of 19 counties across middle Tennessee. 

Marangoni Tread President Bill Sweatman welcomed Black and gave a brief presentation on Marangoni and the economic and environmental role of the retread industry.

The Congressman’s visit coincided with Marangoni’s launch of the “Retread Instead” initiative to enhance the awareness of the benefits of retreading.

In May 2017, Marangoni organized a petition drive asking President Trump to nominate a commissioner to fill the vacant seat on the six-member United States International Trade Commission ITC). The vacancy on the commission became important to the tire industry in February when the ITC voted 2-3 against the imposition of tariffs on truck and bus tires imported from China. A sixth member of the commission recused himself from the tariff investigation, and many cited his absence as the key factor. If the commission's vote had resulted in a tie, tariffs would have been imposed.

Trump announced his intention to nominate Jason Kearns to the ITC on June 26.

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