LAS VEGAS (Oct. 30)—The Tire Association of North America and International Tire & Rubber Association are planning to merge. The rival tire dealer and retreader groups announced the approval of the combination by each group's board during the TANA annual membership meeting at the Specialty Equipment Market Association/International Tire Expo in Las Vegas. Elected officers of the groups said they have been working on the merger for about 2 1/2 years. The members of the groups—3,600 for TANA, the onetime National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association, and 1,800 for ITRA, originally called the American Retreaders' Association—will vote on the proposal by mail in December. If approved, the unnamed new entity will operate out of TANA's headquarters in Reston, Va., and ITRA's Louisville, Ky., base for the time being. TANA President Steve Disney would be the organization's first president.