TIA Foundation gets supporter No. 7

May 16, 2012

Kumho Tire U.S.A. Corp. has joined the growing list of companies supporting the Tire Industry Association (TIA) Foundation 2012 Fundraising Drive.

Funds from the foundation have financed the development of a number of important training initiatives over the last decade. Most recently, 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 program that is expected to be released in 2013.

“The investment in educational programs that TIA and these companies support help TIA continue its mission of training technicians on the proper procedures for servicing all types of tires and wheels,” says TIA President Larry Brandt.

Kevin Rohlwing, TIA's senior vice president of training, describes the TIA Foundation as “the life-blood for technician training and certification. Without the Foundation resources, we would not have the funding to update and translate existing programs or develop new ones.

"In the last five years, the Foundation has invested $772,000 in program development, and we plan to spend at least another $300,000 over the next three years on the new FTS and Industrial Tire Service (ITS) Programs.”

Kumho's support of the 2012 TIA Foundation Fundraising Drive brings the list of companies pledging funds to seven: Bridgestone Americas Inc., Cooper Tire and Rubber Co., Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Michelin North America Inc., Yokohama Tire Corp. and Marangoni Tread North America Inc.

If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the TIA Foundation, you can do so by sending a check payable to “TIA Foundation” to: TIA Foundation, 1532 Pointer Ridge Place, Suite G, Bowie, MD 20716. The Foundation can provide receipts upon request for tax purposes.

The foundation is a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit entity of TIA's that was created in 2001.