TECH’s Tim BeVier addresses Women in Trucking Organization
Tim BeVier, manager of National Account Business Development for TECH, was recently elected President of the Board of Directors for the Tire Retread and Repair Information Bureau (TRIB).
Tim recently served as a subject matter expert during a discussion titled “The Myths and Benefits of Retreaded Tires and Proper Tire Repair” hosted by the Women In Trucking association.
Women In Trucking’s slogan is “Redefining The Road”. Their mission is to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. TECH has enjoyed multiple generations of female leadership beginning with Pauline Chambers Yost, granddaughter of TECH founder Charles Cornell. Today Pauline’s daughter and granddaughter continue to serve in executive leadership capacities.
Tim was joined by TRIB Managing Director David Stevens and John Barnes head of ContiLifeCycle for Continental tires.
The discussion touched on five areas: History, Safety, Reliability, Sustainability and Economics. The group stated that in 2017 that there were 14.3 million tires retreaded for long haul trucks. During the retread process each tire is sheographically scanned for fatigue and injuries. If an injury is found, then a proper repair, one which has been both sealed or patched on the inside with a cured rubber stem through the outside, is performed prior to adding new tread rubber.
The mass use of properly repaired and retreaded tires on long haul trucks, school buses, ambulances and fire trucks, reinforces that these are high quality tires. In fact as the panelist shared that “100% of fleets with over 100 truck’s including FedEx, UPS and the US Postal Service use retreaded tires!”
The implications on our planet are also quite significant as retreads have reduced carbon emissions annually by 396,000 tons.
Tim also pointed out the importance of proper tire technician training for repairs. Tim went on to say that “Proper tire repair is as much art as it is science. The technicians’ ability to properly prepare the tire to accept the repair is critical. TECH’s name stands for Teach Each Customer How and through TECH University thousands are trained from all over the world each year”.
If you would like to listen to a recording of this session visit www.womenintrucking.org click on the resources tab.