WASHINGTON-An Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries workshop, Sept. 21, at the Sheraton Tacoma Hotel, Tacoma, Wash., will focus on the potential impact of new federal and state legislative initiatives on the recycling industry. The free two-hour workshop, ``Rubber Recycling: Tomorrow's Vision,'' will feature in-depth discussions of factors affecting market development in the rubber recycling industry. The workshop precedes the ``Scrap Tire '94'' business development conference at the same site, Sept. 22-24.
For program information, contact Kimberley Harris at (202) 662-8535. For registration information, contact Jennifer Adams at (202) 662-8533.
Waste Recovery's net earnings surge
DALLAS-Waste Recovery Inc., a processor of scrap tires into supplemental fuel, vastly improved its net earnings in the first quarter of 1994.
The Dallas-based firm's earnings jumped to $70,793 for the quarter, ended March 31, from $1,659 for the 1993 period.
Total revenues for the three months climbed 9 percent to $2.36 million from $2.16 million a year ago.
The company said the increase in first-quarter earnings is largely attributable to the discontinuation of the ``minority interest in income of partnership'' category when KCT Associates Ltd. converted its minority interest in WRI's Portland, Ore., tire processing plant into common stock.
But the company also noted that the positive results were achieved through a 16.2 percent increase in operating income.
Ford to test scrap rubber in brakes
RICHMOND, Ind.-Syntene Co. has developed a process to convert scrap tire rubber into a thermoplastic rubber that is being tested in brake pedals on Ford Motor Co. vehicles.
The Richmond-based firm's patented technology marries tire rubber with polymeric material and compatibilizers, forming an elastomer-called Prolastomer-with at least 50-percent recycled rubber content, according to Jim Gunnigle, Syntene's vice president of global sales.
Ford, which is working with Syntene on the product's automotive applications, is using Prolastomer in new brake pedal pads being piloted on cars in five states with varying climates.
Fla. begins paving with asphalt rubber
ORLANDO, Fla.-Roadbuilders in Florida have begun using some of the 10 million tires discarded in the state every year to pave local roads with rubberized asphalt.
The Florida Department of Transportation expects to get extra life out of the roads, up to 15 percent longer, due to the added resilience from the rubber. In January, the agency began requiring contractors to use ground-up tires when bidding on contracts to lay a road's ``friction course,'' the upper layer.
The DOT estimates its road projects eventually will consume 30 to 35 percent of the tire rubber discarded each year.
Investor group buys Riedel Omni Rubber
PORTLAND, Ore.-A group of Riedel Omni Rubber Products Inc. executives and Portland investors bought the rubber railroad crossing maker from Riedel Environmental Technologies Inc., April 29, and has changed the firm's name to Onmi Products Inc.
President and co-owner Ron Nutting said the decision to remove the word ``rubber'' from the company name points to Omni's desire to expand in all product areas. Omni claims to be North America's largest supplier of railroad crossing systems, made from recycled and virgin rubber. The company also produces roadway valve covers and a line of concrete products.
New directory plugs tires in road-building
ST. PAUL, Minn.-A new 39-page directory, The Use of Tires and Glass in Highway Construction, provides an update on the Minnesota Department of Transportation's use of various waste products to create a better understanding of their benefits.
The publication also lists highway research projects in Minnesota and includes a bibliography on related health and environmental issues and the use of waste products in highway construction nationwide.
To order copies, at $15 each, contact Katy Boone at DPRA Inc., E-1500 First National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota St., St. Paul, Minn. 55101; (612) 227-6500. Fax: (612) 227-5522.