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New TTDA member benefit
TTDA is happy to announce a new partnership with OfficeMax that will provide our members a great discount on purchases from OfficeMax. Here are the details and if you have any questions please call the TTDA Headquarters 800-844-8748 or call John Schafer with OfficeMax listed below.

This is your "Retail Connect Card":

  • Print this out and take it to the Print Counter of any OfficeMax retail store and they will cut it out and laminate it for you for free.
  • When this card is presented to the cashier at any of our 900-plus retail stores, you will receive your Commercial Pricing for all contracted items purchased as well as a discount on print services.
  • Our retail stores run different specials every week, not unlike grocery stores. Should they be running a special on an item with a price lower than our Commercial Price, you will get the lowest price.
  • Items bought through the retail store must be paid for PERSONALLY at the time of purchase.
  • No purchases can be billed to your account with this card.

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    Half of US drivers don't recognize tire-pressure warning light
    The Washington Post
    Driving with properly inflated tires makes cars safer and more efficient, and tire pressure monitoring systems are designed to help alert drivers to underinflated tires. The only problem is that a study funded by Shrader International — the company that makes tire inflation valve stems and "a global leader in Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems" — found that 42 percent of drivers are unable to identify the low-tire-pressure warning light in the gauge cluster.
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    US still is viable base for rubber manufacturing
    Rubber & Plastics News
    Back in 2007, the staff of Rubber & Plastics News published a six-month series titled "The Future of Rubber Manufacturing in America." Little did we know at the time that the project was coming out roughly a year before what now has become known as The Great Recession. That was a time when companies across the whole spectrum of the rubber industry — along with almost every other manufacturing sector — faced a fight for survival, a battle than many did not win.
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    Many recalled vehicles go unrepaired
    Bloomberg via Tire Business
    Even with U.S. auto recalls on pace to reach the highest level in a decade this year, there's a good chance many of the vehicles won't get fixed. About a third of all recalled cars and trucks don't get repaired, and about one out of every seven vehicles — or 36 million— still on the road have an unrepaired defect, according to data compiled by regulators, safety advocates and the CarFax vehicle history company.
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    Defining touring tires
    Modern Tire Dealer
    When it comes to designing touring tires, auto manufacturers drive the trends. But what is a touring tire, exactly? Tire manufacturers have differing points of view on categorizing this evolving tire segment. Auto manufacturers have been telling tire makers that customers want more versatility out of their vehicles. They want all-season capability, including snow traction, plus they demand great handling and long tread life. They want all that with low noise and high ride comfort, too.
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    Mission or vision — which drives your strategy?
    By Michael J. Berens
    Ideally, an association's mission and vision should be in alignment. Often in reality they are not. Over time as leadership changes hands and founding members become less involved, an association may experience mission drift or vision creep, and the two begin to diverge.

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    Tire shop like family, complete with 'Mom' and baked goods
    The Tyler Telegraph
    Virginia Billings still works at the tire company she started with her late husband 45 years ago. She handles all of the bookkeeping and secretarial duties for Billings Tire & Service Center, now owned by her son Jeff Billings. And at least three days a week, she takes the 12 employees, who all call her "Mom," baked goodies.

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    EPA and state partners help border area manage scrap tires
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency via Environmental Expert
    Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, along with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling, held a workshop in El Paso to help turn a source of pollution into a resource. Each year, the U.S.-Mexico border region deals with millions of discarded tires, which pile up and attract pests.

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    Brakes, steering and... spiders? What's behind the latest auto recalls
    The Tribune Democrat
    Inside the engine of your car, spiders weave a web causing a rise in pressure, fuel leaks and eventually fire. It sounds like a premise of a bad horror movie, but it's a real problem prompting Mazda to recall 42,000 vehicles, and it's not even the first time it has happened, according to Slate.
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    Dealers: Emphasize pre-employment screening
    Tire Business
    In a world where one bad tire repair can cost a dealer millions of dollars, it's imperative that tire and service shops implement and follow pre-employment screening policies, said Kevin Rohlwing, senior vice president of training for the Tire Industry Association. "I think there's a lot more pre-employment screening today than there was 10 years ago," he told Tire Business. "Ten years ago, we would've taken anybody that walked in the door that said they knew how to use a tire hammer and a spoon bar. I don't think that's the case anymore at all."
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    3 ways to make your company relevant
    Fast Company
    The world used to be a simpler place. Organizations offering a product, candidate, or cause were in the driver's seat. People had far fewer choices than they have today. And that was true whether you were talking about the type of wine you wanted to buy or where you wanted to get your news and everything in between. If an organization had a good story, product, or service, that was typically enough to earn a sale, vote or commitment to a cause.
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    Rubber manufacturing in America: Officials remain cautiously optimistic
    Rubber & Plastics News
    "America's manufacturing sector continues to show momentum." This was the headline of a December 2013 statement released by Gene Sperling, assistant to the president on economic policy, and indeed this has been a consistent message from the White House recently: All the relevant economic indexes show U.S. manufacturing steadily gaining ground, if not rebounding.
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    Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

        Techs: Embrace a pro career or get out (Tire Business)
    Build relationships of trust (LinkedIn)
    Statement by American Honda regarding tire bead damage recall (Automotive World)

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