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Transportation Industry Bands Together to Support Firefighters, 9/11 Remembrance Project

     Transportation Industry Bands Together to Support Firefighters, 9/11
                             Remembrance Project

PR Newswire

DETROIT, Aug. 21, 2013

DETROIT, Aug.21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --As the nation prepares to commemorate
the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks next month, some of
the largest corporations in trucking and transportation have banded together
to support a unique memorial effort for firefighters who gave their lives in
the line of duty.

Today, Continental Tire the Americas, LLC's Commercial Vehicle Tire group
("Continental"), Detroit Diesel Corporation ("Detroit), Alcoa Wheel and
Transportation Products ("Alcoa") and Snider Fleet Solutions announced a
cooperative sponsorship of the Remembrance Rescue Project. This non-profit
firefighter support organization has restored the only two surviving heavy
rescue trucks to respond to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. On
Sept. 11, 2001, the entire unit of nine firefighters with the Fire Department,
City of New York (FDNY) Rescue 4 unit and 11 firefighters with the Rescue 5
unit lost their lives trying to save others at the World Trade Center complex.
The Remembrance Rescue Project acquired Rescue 4 after its removal from
service and completely restored it in September 2011. It now operates from
Texas. The Project acquired the last of the surviving FDNY rescues, Rescue 5,
in December 2011 and operates it from Chicago.

The Remembrance Rescue Project's volunteers are all firefighters who arrange
events and travel the country with the restored engines, which serve as
memorials to the fallen and help raise funds for family support. The Project's
vehicles appear at public events, auto shows, fire industry events and schools
to promote fire education and support other firefighter charities. The rescues
have appeared at sporting events such as the Capital One^SM Bowl and races of
the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Under the sponsorship announced today:

Continental is continuing to provide replacement truck tires for the
Remembrance Rescue Project. Continental began the sponsorship in 2012 and has
provided sets of HTC1 steer and HDR2 drive tires for the rescues. Due to the
Project's touring schedule, the new tires are needed to ensure safe operation
of the trucks over long distances. "It is our honor to continue providing
truck tires for the Remembrance Rescue Project in support of firefighters
everywhere, as well as to remember those who gave their lives in the September
11 attacks," said Alex Chmiel, head of marketing and communications for
Continental truck tires, the Americas.

Detroit, the manufacturer of the original Series 60 engines in the Project's
two rescue trucks, is providing a multi-year donation of engine maintenance
funds for the Project. The Project will be able to access funds for all of the
routine engine maintenance to keep up with the demands of the appearance
schedule. "We are extremely pleased to announce our sponsorship of these
unique pieces of American history with the Remembrance Rescue Project," said
Brad Williamson, manager, engine and component marketing for Daimler Trucks
North America. "Detroit products stand the test of time, and we are proud that
our Series 60 engines will support the important mission of these
firefighters."

Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products is joining the sponsorship by
providing new heavy duty forged aluminum wheels with their patented
Dura-Bright® surface treatment. The addition of the new wheels reduces the
amount of maintenance needed for the Project and offers a needed replacement
for the aging wheels of the rescue engines. Matt Brest, director of marketing
for Alcoa Commercial Vehicle Wheels, explained, "It was extremely important to
us to donate new wheels to these rescue engines. While our products are in use
on heavy duty and emergency vehicles throughout the world, we are especially
proud that this set will be used to restore the Remembrance Rescue Project
engines to look as they did while in active service on 9/11."

Snider Fleet Solutions, headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., has also joined the
sponsorship by offering installation of the new Alcoa wheels as well as
mounting and balancing of the new Continental truck tires. An authorized
Continental truck tire dealer, Snider Fleet Solutions will perform the service
at its Charlotte commercial truck center in October. "Our certified
technicians are honored that we are trusted to work on this incredibly special
vehicle, and we as a company are honored that we can help commemorate
firefighters across the country through the Remembrance Rescue Project," said
John Snider, CEO of Snider Fleet Solutions.

To commemorate the kickoff of the sponsorship, Detroit employees will be able
to see the Project's Rescue 5 during a special visit to the Detroit
headquarters in Redford, Mich. today. Later this week, Aug. 22-24, the
Project's Rescue 4 will be on display at the Great American Truck Show in
Dallas in the show's Pride and Polish area. In September, Rescue 5 is slated
to visit the Daimler Trucks North America headquarters and the Continental
Tire the Americas headquarters, both in Fort Mill, S.C., and will also appear
at the Charlotte Firefighters 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Challenge along with
other local events.

"We would like to thank Continental, Detroit, Alcoa and Snider Fleet Solutions
for their support of the Remembrance Rescue Project. It takes a significant
effort to keep our rescue engines on the road, but as firefighters, we
volunteer our time and vacations to ensure that people nationwide have the
chance to see these vehicles in person. It is great to know that these
companies support our mission and are helping us to honor firefighters
everywhere, including those who died in service on 9/11," said Chris Gantz,
volunteer head of the Remembrance Rescue Project.

For more information, a schedule of upcoming events or to donate to the
Remembrance Rescue Project, visit http://remembrance.co or follow them on
Twitter at @therrp.

About Continental
With sales of EUR 32.7 billion in 2012, Continental is among the leading
automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and
components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment
solutions, vehicle electronics, tires, and technical elastomers, Continental
contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection.
Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication.
Continental currently has almost 175,000 employees in 46 countries. As one of
the world's leading tire manufacturers, with more than 42,000 employees, the
Tire division achieved sales of EUR 9.7billion in 2012. Today, the division
has 22 production and development locations worldwide. The broad product range
and continuous investments in R&D make a major contribution to cost-effective
and ecologically efficient mobility. The Commercial Vehicle Tire business is
one of the largest manufacturers of truck, bus and commercial specialty tires
worldwide. Continental can be found on Twitter at @contitrucktires

About Detroit Diesel Corporation
Detroit offers a complete line of heavy-duty diesel engines, axles and
transmissions for the commercial transportation industry in both the
on-highway and vocational markets. Detroit™ engines, axles and transmissions
are sold and serviced through a network of more than 800 locations throughout
North America. For more information, or to locate the nearest Detroit
location, visit www.DemandDetroit.com. Detroit™ is a brand of Detroit Diesel
Corporation, a Daimler company.

About Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products
Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio,
serves the commercial vehicle, automotive, and defense markets with products
used in a range of applications including forged aluminum wheels, premium
products such as Dura-Bright®, Dura-Flange®, LvL ONE® and M-Series™ medium
duty truck wheels, as well as a variety of other aluminum components for these
markets. AWTP is composed of three divisions: Commercial Vehicle Wheels,
Forged Specialty Wheels and Transportation Products. It employs 1,500 people
at 13 locations worldwide. More information can be found at
www.alcoawheels.com. Follow @AlcoaWheels on Twitter at
twitter.com/AlcoaWheels.

About Snider Fleet Solutions
Snider Fleet Solutions is headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina and
operates 38 branch locations in 8 states. Our branch locations inventory a
complete line of high-quality commercial truck tires from companies recognized
as industry leaders and celebrated for their superior performance standards.
In addition, we stock used truck tires and wheels, retreads, and tires for a
wide variety of graders, Bobcats, loaders, backhoes, forklifts, and other
specialty equipment. In addition to new and used tires, and retreads, Snider
Fleet Solutions offers a comprehensive range of services to help keep your
fleet in top-notch condition on the road.

CTA Commercial Vehicle Tires Media Site: www.ContiMedia-CVT.com
Continental Truck Tires Web Site: www.continental-truck.com



SOURCE Continental Tire the Americas, LLC

Website: http://www.continental-truck.com
Contact: Jackie Pobiega, Communications Manager, Commercial Vehicle Tires,
Continental Tire the Americas, LLC, 704-583-8564, Fax: 704-583-8737,
jackie.pobiega@conti-na.com
 
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