Cooper Tire & Rubber Company today announced that it has added two new sizes to its Roadmaster RM272 commercial tire line, which is specifically engineered to withstand the demands of drop-deck trailers. The RM272 is now available in sizes 11R22.5 and 295/75R22.5. Designed to ward off irregular wear and damage due to curbing, the RM272 features a four-belt steel casing and has a slightly rounded tread footprint, along with a reinforced shoulder to help withstand extreme side forces. Its tread compound has been formulated to provide optimum balance between resistance to side forces and maximum wear. "Tires in this application are arguably the most abused of any in the trucking industry, and we designed the RM272 to withstand this harsh punishment," said Gary Schroeder, Director of Cooper's truck and bus tire business, which includes the Roadmaster brand. "We looked at a variety of tread profiles that could minimize the load on the shoulder rib, and worked toward a design that distributed the load more evenly across the entire footprint so that the shoulder takes on less of the lateral forces," he added. "Our engineers designed a great tire, backed by a strong warranty and the quality Roadmaster is known for," said Schroder. "We know that fleets are continually looking for opportunities to be more cost-efficient, and our RM272 tire can help them to attain this goal." 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.