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BADA earns Sears’ award for recyling

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(Tire Business photo by Sigmund J. Mikolajczyk)

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Sept. 2,  2014) — Sears Holdings Corp. recently recognized Hennessy Industries Inc.’s BADA wheel weight business with a 2014 “Partners in Transformation Award” for its implementation of a closed-loop recycling program.

BADA’s recycling program starts with the collection of used wheel weights from Sears Automotive shops across the country and continues with BADA overseeing the sorting, separating and recycling processes.

“By mandates or by choice, nearly half of the North American market has switched to lead-free wheel weights,” said Kevin Keefe, vice president of marketing for Hennessy Industries.

“Due to this shift, we’re implementing more used wheel weight recycling solutions to support customers with the transition, and this prestigious award from Sears is a testament to the difference these programs can make.”

As many BADA customers, such as Sears Automotive, have transitioned to steel, BADA said, it’s become more difficult to recycle used wheel weights because shops don’t have the ability to separate them into lead and non-lead containers.

“Recyclers can’t mix lead with certain non-lead wheel weights, such as zinc, so they’re starting to only accept 100-percent lead containers,” said George Hoffman, manager of automotive assets at Sears Holdings. “The closed-loop program we created with BADA ensures that we maximize our recycling efforts”

Besides the BADA wheel weight program, Lavergne, Tenn.-based Hennessy Industries manufactures Coats tire changers and wheel balancers and Ammco brake lathes and lifts.

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