Reservations open for TIA's 2008 Commercial Tire, Retread & Recycling Conference

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The Tire Industry Association (TIA) will hold its Commercial Tire, Retread & Recycling Conference at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 5-7, 2008.

The American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Transportation Technology Exhibition and Study Group meeting will be held over the same days at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), which is adjacent to the hotel.

New this year is a TIA networking reception on Feb. 6 and a tire manufacturers’ forum on Feb. 7. Here is the complete schedule.

Commercial tire and retread:


9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Opening session/keynote addresses.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Chamber fires: How to prevent the, what to do when they happen, and what to do after they happen. Speaker: Marvin Bozarth, TIA’s senior technical consultant.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

TMC exhibition and lunch.

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

TMC study group session: S.2 tire and wheel.

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Improving plant efficiency. Speaker: Marvin Bozarth

4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Retreading ultra-low-profile wide-base truck tires.. Moderator: Kevin Rohlwing, TIA’s senior vice president of training. Speakers: Industry panel.

5:15 p.m. – 7 p.m.

TIA networking reception.


8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Wheel reconditioning. Moderator: Kevin Rohlwing. Speakers: Industry panel.

9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

TPMS for trucks. Moderator, Peggy Fisher, TIA president. Speakers: Industry panel.

10 a.m. –n 10:45 a.m.

Minimizing liability for commercial dealers and retreaders. Speakers: Marvin Bozarth and Kevin Rohlwing.

11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Improving envelope life/new buffing rasp technology. Speaker: Marvin Bozarth. Speakers: Industry panel.

Noon – 1 p.m.

TIA networking luncheon.

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Tire manufacturers’ forum.

3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Earthmover tire repair. Speaker: Marvin Bozarth.

4:15 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Central tire inflation system (CTIS) identification and service. Moderator: Kevin Rohlwing.



9 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Changes coming to tire-derived fuel (TDF). Moderator: Allan Lassiter, waste tire program manager for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Speakers: Industry panel.

11 a.m. – 12:15 a.m.

The value of partnerships. Speaker: Paul Fiore, TIA’s director of government and business relations.

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Recycling networking luncheon.

1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Market development in the states: The benefits of strategic partnerships. Speakers: Industry panel.

3:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Building an industrty through alliance and partnerships. Speakers: Industry panel.


7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tire recycling tour and demonstration, tire recycling facility tour and playground material testing with demonstrations by the Tire and Rubber Recycling Advisory Council.

TMC exhibit schedule:

Monday, Feb. 4: 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 5: 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 6: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

To make reservations, go to and click on “Events,” or call (301) 430-7280, ext. 104, or (800) 876-8372, ext. 104.

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