Cooper Tire Texarkana Plant Employee Takes to Capitol Hill as part of USTMA Tire Manufacturing Ambassador Program

FINDLAY, Ohio, June 28, 2019 – Queenie Edwards Miller, Industrial Engineer for Cooper Tire’s Texarkana manufacturing plant, was one of 11 “Tire Manufacturing Ambassadors” who recently met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill as part of the third annual advocacy initiative held by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA). The program brought manufacturing employees to Washington, D.C. to discuss key issues affecting the tire industry and highlight the industry’s economic contributions.

Tire Manufacturing Ambassadors and USTMA staff met with representatives from several congressional offices on June 25, where Edwards Miller shared her role at Cooper and the contributions the company provides to local communities. USTMA Ambassadors also encouraged members of Congress to join the newly formed Congressional Tire Caucus and highlighted issues including trade and sustainability.

“The Tire Manufacturing Ambassador program provides an opportunity to share with congressional leaders the importance of tires as an essential product for safe transportation,” said Scott Cole, Plant Manager for Cooper’s Texarkana facility. “Queenie is an outstanding representative of Cooper, and we are proud to have her showcase Cooper’s workforce and community impact, as well as the impact of the tire industry, to policymakers.”

Edwards Miller was selected to participate for demonstrating outstanding leadership skills, passion and community service. A 2016 graduate of Mississippi State University where she earned a degree in industrial engineering, she joined Cooper in 2017, and in her role, works closely with Production Managers to ensure Cooper’s Texarkana facility is able to meet its tire production goals through comprehensive logistical planning. Edwards Miller is a member of Cooper’s “Dream Team,” a group of early-career employees across the nation who serve as ambassadors in their communities to promote manufacturing as an excellent career choice. She has been selected by Tire Review magazine as one of its Club 3633 honorees, which recognizes individuals who are building on the success of those who’ve come before them and are leaving their own mark on their companies, communities and the tire industry, and has been featured in STEM Workforce Diversity magazine for her contributions to Cooper.

“Decisions made by our nation’s policymakers directly impact not just the business environment and facilities of our member companies, but also livelihood of their workforce and communities,” said Anne Forristall Luke, USTMA President and CEO. “Our Ambassadors have a unique perspective to share with members of Congress and this is an opportunity to put a face on this important industry that contributes so much to our nation’s economy.”

A USTMA-sponsored study showed that the U.S. tire manufacturing industry supports 737,000 jobs, contributes nearly $150 billion in economic output and pays $21 billion in state, federal and local taxes.

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About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) is the parent company of a global family of companies that specializes in the design, manufacture, marketing and sale of passenger car, light truck, medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. Cooper's headquarters is in Findlay, Ohio, with manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design operations within its family of companies located in more than one dozen countries around the world. For more information on Cooper, visit www.coopertire.com, www.facebook.com/coopertire or www.twitter.com/coopertire.

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