Senior Washington Reporter
Miles started as an assistant editor of Rubber & Plastics News in 1977, shortly after graduating from Ohio University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. In 1980, he was transferred to Washington, D.C., as RPN's Washington reporter, adding the title of Washington reporter for Tire Business when that publication was founded in 1983. He was promoted to senior Washington reporter in 2003. Miles covers federal regulatory affairs, congressional action, the White House and Supreme Court activities as they relate to the tire and rubber industries. Contact Miles at [email protected]
ALBANY, Calif.—More than two decades ago, the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture obtained patents on processes designed to make the desert shrub guayule a commercially viable source of natural rubber. Those patents have lapsed, but the research continues.
SINGAPORE—Seventy-five years after its founding, the International Rubber Study Group continues to evolve as an analytical, statistical and forecasting body serving the natural and synthetic rubber industries, according to its current secretary general.
WASHINGTON—Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has accused Goodyear of labor violations at its manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and urged Goodyear to "take immediate steps to improve the company's compensation and conduct toward (its) workers in Mexico."
WAUKEGAN, Ill.—The Waukegan Fire Department has concluded its investigation of the May 3 fire at AB Specialty Silicones' headquarters, saying it cannot determine what may have caused the initial explosion and subsequent blaze that killed four company employees.
BUFFALO, N.Y.—Enviro Systems, the Gothenburg, Sweden-based tire pyrolysis technology firm, has signed a term sheet with TreadCraft Carbon, covering key parts of an agreement to build a tire recycling plant in Buffalo using Enviro's technology.