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The Tire Industry Association (TIA) reports it will be making a $50,000 contribution to advance the TIA Foundation educational efforts.

So far, the 2012 TIA Foundation fundraising drive has been met with enthusiastic support with seven tire and retread manufacturers having pledged support so far this year.

The seven tire and retread companies that have pledged funds to support the TIA Foundation fundraising drive for the 2012 include Bridgestone Americas, Cooper Tire and Rubber Co., Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Kumho Tire, Michelin North America, Yokohama Tire Corp. and Marangoni Tread North America.

Larry Brandt, president of TIA, says that he “looks forward to continuing TIA’s executive meetings with tire and retread manufacturers, hearing their concerns on the industry, how TIA can continue to provide leading advocacy and training to meet the needs of those in the tire business and gaining additional backing for the TIA 2012 Foundation fundraising effort.”

Contributions to the Foundation have financed the development of a number of important training initiatives over the last decade. Most recently the Foundation funds helped develop the Spanish translation of TIA’s Commercial Tire Service (CTS) program and will support development of the new Farm Tire Service (FTS) training that is expected to be released next year.

The TIA Foundation, which began in 2001, is a completely separate 501(c)3 nonprofit entity of the Tire Industry Association so all contributions are tax-deductible. The Foundation’s sole purpose is to fund training and education which means every dollar contributed is returned to the industry in the form of a new program or video.

Companies or individuals who are interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the TIA Foundation can do so by sending a check (payable to “TIA Foundation”) to: TIA Foundation, Tire Industry Association, 1532 Pointer Ridge Place, Suite G, Bowie, MD 20716. The Foundation can provide receipts upon request for tax purposes.

For more information, visit www.tireindustry.org or call 800 876-8372.

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