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TIA on tour: 2013 ATS dates released

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The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has announced dates for the 2013 Automotive Tire Service (ATS) Instructor Tour.

The four-day, in-depth, hands-on training classes will be conducted around the United States with the goal of educating tire retailers on the proper safety procedures and guidelines for servicing passenger and light truck tire and wheel assemblies.

TIA says most of the classes are held at local community and technical colleges so TIA can continue to develop relationships with the schools and increase the number of neutral sites for current and future training classes.

"After analyzing the results of the 2012 tour, we decided to revisit cities where we had the best attendance and add some regions where we felt there were gaps in our coverage," says Kevin Rohlwing, TIA senior vice president of training.

"By adding schools in West Virginia, upstate New York, Western Pennsylvania, Milwaukee and Oklahoma City, we can reach more markets and make the ATS Instructor class even more accessible to retailers around the country."

TIA will be visiting 17 cities in 2013 and has confirmed six dates so far:

  • Feb. 5-8 – Miami;
  • Feb. 12-15 - St. Louis;
  • March 5-8 - Ghent, W. Va.;
  • March 10-22 – Phoenix;
  • March 26-29 - Charlotte, N.C.;
  • Nov. 12-15 - Jacksonville, Fla.

The other 11 cities are: Boston; Toledo, Ohio; Los Angeles; Rochester, N.Y.; Pittsburgh; Milwaukee; Seattle; Tampa, Fla.; Oklahoma City; Minneapolis; and Houston.

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Modern Tire Dealer will again serve as the media sponsor for the tour, along with these other ATS Tour sponsors:

31 Inc.                                 O'Reilly Auto Parts

American Tire Distributors     Parts Plus

ATEQ Corp.                         Patch Rubber

Bartec USA LLC                   Redi-Sensor

Ken-Tool                              REMA Tip Top

Mighty Auto Parts                Rubber Inc.

Myers Tire Supply                Tuffy Manufacturing


For information on sponsoring the 2013 ATS Training Tour contact Christine Marnett at or 800-876-8372 x106.

Also see TIA ATS tour certifies trainers nationwide.

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