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Yokohama Tire Corporation's Dan Guiney Appointed to Tire Society Advisory Board

July 06, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Bill Groak, PCGCampbell, 310/224-4940, bgroak@pcgcampbell.com

FULLERTON, CA (July 6, 2009) - Dan Guiney, Yokohama Tire Corporation's director of technical services, has been appointed a member of the Tire Society's advisory board.

"The Tire Society is a 29-year-old organization that's widely respected within the tire industry for its high-level technical and scientific endeavors," said Jim MacMaster, Yokohama executive vice president and chief operating officer. "Dan's the first Yokohama employee to sit on the board and all of us here congratulate him. He is a consummate professional with unmatched engineering expertise, so his appointment to the board makes perfect sense."

The Tire Society, which is based in Akron, Ohio, has 200 members representing the tire and automotive industries, as well as academia, government agencies, independent research organizations, private consultants, equipment manufacturers and software firms. Its mission is to "disseminate knowledge and to stimulate development in the science and technology of tires through seminars, technical meetings and publication of the journal, Tire Science and Technology." The organization will hold its 28th annual meeting and conference, September 15-16, 2009, at the Akron City Centre Hotel.

"The mission of the Tire Society is of utmost importance and value to the tire industry," said Guiney, who graduated with distinction from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in engineering mechanics. "They are a technical community for those with a scientific interest in tires. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and helping them further tire science and technology." Guiney joined Yokohama in May 2002.

For more on the Tire Society, visit: http://www.tiresociety.org.

Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global producer and distributor of premium tires since 1917. Servicing a network of more than 4,500 points of sale in the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation offers a complete line of tires, including high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, as well as off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama's extensive product line, visit www.yokohamatire.com. For details on Yokohama's environmental efforts, go to www.ecotreadsetters.com.

Yokohama is a strong supporter of the tire care and safety guidelines established by the Rubber Manufacturers Association and the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration. Details can be found at the "Taking Care of Your Tires" section at www.yokohamatire.com.