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Retreading has begun to pick up, and independent retreaders throughout the country are responding by making major investments in their operations.

A number of retreaders have told that they are adding building machines. They include Royal Tire Inc. in St. Cloud, Minn.; Looney's Tire Service in Little Rock, Ark.; Maine Commercial Tire in Hermon, Maine; Becker Tire & Treading Inc. in Great Bend, Kan.; and Holyoke Tire & Auto Service Inc. in West Springfield, Mass.

Other retreaders who have added or plan to add machinery include:

* Terry-Haggerty Tire Co. Inc. of Albany, N.Y., which plans to add a builder before the end of the year.

* Eastern Iowa Tire Inc. of Davenport, Iowa, which has added a shearography machine at one of its two plants.

Several other retreaders told they are aiming to boost their shops' capacity. McGriff Treading Co. of Cullman, Ala., is planning to increase production by 4%, while Bergey's Retread Technologies of Franconia, Pa., is targeting a 9% increase.

Dayton, Ohio-based Gem City Tire wants to boost its daily truck tire retread production by 10%. Moore's Retread and Tire of Ark-La-Tex Inc. plans to grow its general business by 10%.

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