TIA enters into alliance with Automotive Lift Institute

May 30, 2006

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) and the Automotive Lift Institute Inc. (ALI) have entered into a two-year "Strategic Safety Alliance" designed to support automotive lift safety among tire technicians.

"The Tire Industry Association is committed to providing an array of educational services both for the experienced employee and new hires that require a more basic level of training," says Christine Bell, TIA's director of training.

"The continued inclusion of ALI's automotive lift training materials, such as the 'Vehicle Lifting Points Guide' and the American National Standard ANSI ALI-ALOIM -- a document covering automotive lift operation, inspection, and maintainance -- will enhance our training program as well as provide an important element of risk management opportunity for TIA members taking advantage of this value added agreement."

"TIA's unique position of working with many facets of the tire service and repair industry is particularly exciting in that it offers ALI a new avenue in communicating the institute's vital message of automotive lift safety," says Bob O'Gorman, ALI's CEO and president.

"The nature of this particular agreement is similar to existing alliances and several that are currently being developed -- they enhance our ability to positively compliment a Strategic Alliance partner's risk management or educational program, while furthering our association membership's desires for promoting the safe design, construction, installation and use of automotive lift products."

To date, TIA has circulated more than 1,000 "Lifting Point Guides" and ANSI/ALI ALOIM National Standards as part of a training program that is be offered to association members.

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