Dear Senator Letter Campaign Planning Meeting

From Left to Right;

Ron Elliott-Marketing Manager / Marangoni Tread N.A.,Inc. , Bill "Waz" Waerzeggers-Director of Manufacturing / Pomp's Tire Service, Tim BeVier-National Account Bus. Dev. / Tech International, Jim Osborne-Gen.Mgr. Retread Operations / McGriff Treading Co.,Inc., Gene Walker-Vice President / Premier Rubber Company, Bill Sweatman-President / Marangoni Tread N.A.,Inc., Shawn Wilkening-Vice President / Cross Dillon Tire and Hal Stuhl-Vice President Rubber Products / Accella Company. 



  Retread Instead™  

Dear Senator Campaign 

Planning Meeting

Madison, TN (March 29th, 2018) 

Retread InsteadTM  ( (a coalition of retread industry supporters) was created to enhance the awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of retreading throughout North America. 

Because China is a “non-market economy” that dumps truck tires into the U.S below fair market value, Retread InsteadTM supports imposing tariffs, antidumping duties (AD) and countervailing duties (CVD) on commercial Chinese truck and bus tires that are imported into the United States.

At the beginning of the year, Retread InsteadTM launched a very aggressive Dear, U.S. Senator Letter Campaign and since then, hundreds of letters have been sent out to all U.S.Senators.

The campaigns main goal is to educate and inform all of our U.S. Senators the urgency of making sure that the United States International Trade Commission at all times has a full complement of commissioners to ensure fair and balanced determinations.

Prior to the launch of the campaign, the President nominated several people to the Commerce Department and three individuals for the USITC Commissioner positions.

Since the launch of the campaign, the Commerce slots have been filled (i.e., confirmation occurred) and one of the USITC commission slots has now been confirmed (swearing in on April 2) so, there are now three USITC commission nominees who have yet to have a hearing.

With nominees still waiting in the wings, Retread Instead decided to invite several industry leaders to a round table planning meeting to gain support and resources to supercharge the campaign.

Marangoni Tread N.A., Inc. hosted the meeting at their North American headquarters in Madison, TN. and was attended by representatives from Premier Rubber Company, Tech International, McGriff Tire, Cross Dillon Tire, Marangoni Tread, Pomp’s Tire Service and Accella Corporation. 

The attendees were informed at the beginning of the meeting that antitrust laws applied and the only discussion would be that of the Retread Instead campaign. The agenda included topics such as; Our administrations trade policy, website recommendations, update on Europe’s progress in getting Chinese tires stopped but, most importantly, the need to rapidly expand the scope of support for the letter writing campaign as soon as possible.

“The meeting was a success and a unanimous decision was made to first and foremost zero in on the main goal of ensuring a full complement of commissioners well in advance of a possible ruling by the United States Court of International Trade on the appeal that the United Steel Workers Union filed. With the group’s collective resources, contacts and willingness to spread the word, we should see tens of thousands of letters going out to our U.S. Senators very soon. We cannot stop there and are calling on all of our industry brothers and sisters to take a stand and show their support by sending letters now. ” Said, Retread Instead Spokesperson Ron Elliott

To show your support! please go to today and review the letter then decide if you want to; Let Retread Instead send your Senator a letter on your behalf Or, download the letter and send it yourself.

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US Congressman Jim Cooper visits MTNA in support of the Retread Instead Campaign. From left to right; Christopher Jerrolds/Legislative Assistant, Bill Sweatman/President Marangoni Tread North America and, US Congressman Jim Cooper. 

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Click on link below to read the full article.

petition to nominate USITC Commissioner