Tire recycler's earnings plummet MCMINNVILLE, Ore.—RB Rubber Products Inc.'s net earnings fell almost 78 percent to $27,000 in the third quarter despite higher sales.
The McMinnville-based company also reported a net loss of $44,000 for the first nine months, compared to net income of $393,000 for the same period in 1997.
RB Rubber, which also manufactures rubber mats and fitness equipment, attributed the loss to one-time costs associated with its acquisition of Iowa Mat Co.'s molded products division and increased raw material and maintenance costs.
Revenues for the third quarter rose 5.2 percent to $2 million, while those for the first nine months increased 12 percent to $5.9 million.
STMC to issue scrap publication
WASHINGTON—The Scrap Tire Management Council will distribute a publication that sets procedures for scrap tire use in civil engineering projects.
The document, Guidelines for the Use of Scrap Tires in Civil Engineering Applications, was prepared by the American Society of Testing and Materials. It was written by Dana Humphrey, professor of civil engineering at the University of Maine.
The publication explains engineering specifications, construction guidelines and leachate characteristics for scrap tires.
Copies are available for $12. For more information, contact the STMC at (202) 682-4880.
Waste Recovery sells U.S. Tire unit
DALLAS—Waste Recovery Inc., a leading processor of scrap tires into tire-derived fuel, has sold its U.S. Tire subsidiary to former WRI President David Greenstein for an undisclosed amount as part of a restructuring plan.
Waste Recovery received cash, forgiveness of debt and shares of the firm as part of the sale of U.S. Tire, which it acquired two years ago.
Two other Waste Recovery board members—Jay Anderson and Martin Bernstein—left the company to join U.S. Tire, said Thomas L. Earnshaw, Waste Recovery's new president.
He did not say if or when the three vacancies would be filled, pointing out Waste Recovery is not obligated to fill the board posts.
Gila River tire piles near cleanup
PHOENIX—Officials from the Gila River Indian Community and a 13-county consortium are close to resolving differences over a 1997 tire shred fire.
The parties are negotiating an agreement in which the GRIC and the counties each will contribute to the clean up of the unburned portion of the piles, according to Pat Mariella, GRIC's director of environmental quality.
The negotiations, the result of intervention by the Environmental Protection Agency, have put a tort claim filed by the GRIC in August against the consortium on hold.
``We anticipate that there will be an intergovernment agreement between the community and the counties, then four weeks afterwards we'll get the unburned tires out of here,'' Ms. Mariella said.
After the initial cleanup, the parties will discuss how to remove the burned tire shreds which are still smoldering, she said.