Welcome to the Summer Edition of Tire & Rubber Beat, and my inaugural edition as Chair of the Tire & Rubber Division. First things first, I want to recognize Mark Rannie of Emanuel Tire, past Division Chair, and Max Daughtrey of Four D Recycling, past Tire Chapter President, for their leadership and service.
They have helped us navigate the challenges facing our industry with professionalism and good cheer. We have had some fun along the way, and I am proud to call them my friends.
Barry Takallou of CRM continues in his leadership role, and he joins me in welcoming the new members to our Division board, Kip Vincent of Colt and Mike Sebastian of IMC. Art Dodge of Ecore, and Neal Frey of Entech, will be leading the Tire Chapter as President and Vice President respectively. Notably, Mike, Art, and Neal joined ISRI as part of the Recycled Rubber Council transition. I personally look forward to working with this group to lead and grow our Division and Chapter.
The last several years have indeed been challenging for our industry. Recycled rubber has been under attack with false assertions about the safety of our product. These unfounded claims, disproven by science, have done untold damage to our businesses. However, I believe we are fortunate to be members of ISRI. Over the past few years the ISRI Board has authorized the expenditure of nearly $300K to help defend our organizations and our industry. ISRI’s Executive Leadership, Robin, and staff, have helped develop coalition partners and tools to help us fight this fight.
A significant element of our campaign is the RecycledRubberFacts.org website; a one-stop-shop for factual data, with links to more than 100 studies supporting the safety of recycled rubber. It is the perfect place to refer the press or public that may have questions or concerns. ISRI has also held workshops at our Convention and presented at conferences worldwide to help counter the negative assertions. Later this year, staff will be conducting a webinar to educate our Division and Chapter members on the latest developments.
There are a couple of upcoming events, where I hope you will join me and participate. The next Tire & Rubber Division meeting will be held during ISRI’s Summer Board and Governance Meetings in Washington, DC, July 10 – 13 @ Marriott at Metro Center. Go to ISRI.org to register. Then later in July, the Division will participate in an ISRI-sponsored exhibit and luncheon during the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). This event, held in Los Angeles July 29 – August 1, includes a large recycling exhibit of ISRI commodities. It is a terrific opportunity to get in front of legislators from all 50 states and share with them the benefits of our industry. You may receive a call requesting products, or assistance in setting up the rubber exhibit, and again I hope to see you there.
Thank you for continued support of ISRI and our Division, and please let me know if I can ever be helpful.
Chair of the Tire and Rubber Division
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