BOSTON-GreenMan Technologies Inc. has announced plans to build a computer-controlled, 15,000-sq.-ft. cryogenic crumb rubber processing plant at BFI Tire Recyclers of Georgia Inc.'s tire shredding facility in Jackson, Ga. Under a five-year agreement signed Dec. 14, BFI Tire Recyclers intends to sell 2-inch tire chips to Boston-based GreenMan for an undisclosed price.
BFI Tire Recyclers, a wholly owned subsidiary of Houston-based Browning-Ferris Industries Inc., now markets chips for tire-derived fuel and for various civil engineering projects, said James Maust, district manager for BFI Tire Recyclers. It collects tires throughout the south Atlantic states.
BFI Tire Recyclers has no financial interest in the plant, Mr. Maust said.
This will be the first such plant for GreenMan, which expects to annually process a minimum of 32,000 tons of shredded tires into crumb rubber.
GreenMan plans to have the first of three or four processing lines operational by March 1, Mr. Maust said. He expects GreenMan to complete construction sometime in the summer.
GreenMan plans to use a portion of the crumb rubber to make its industrial and consumer product lines, GreenMan CEO Maury Needham said. The company manufactures rubber and plastic-based products using recycled and virgin materials. Its DuraWear subsidiary produces wear- resistant ceramic, polymer composite and alloy steel products for bulk material handling systems.