SALT LAKE CITY—Garb-Oil & Power Co. and Sunland Energy Inc. have agreed to install Garb-Oil's patented technology within Sunland's truck tire recycling facility in Southern California. Using the technology, equipment and expertise it developed at its own truck tire repair/recycling plant in Salt Lake City, Garb-Oil will install its system within truck tire repair/recycling plants at Sunland Energy Inc. in Palmdale, Calif., and at Enviromix Ltd. facilities in New Jersey in April. Both companies also plan additional recycling plants.
Each of those projects costs about $750,000 for the truck tire recycling system and are operated on a royalty basis for seven years.
``We set up the system and train their personnel to operate it,'' said John C. Brewer, Garb-Oil president, chairman and founder. ``We own the facility and lease the space, and they are paid to operate it. We divide the profits from the truck tire division only. After seven years, they will own the operation and the additional equipment we put in.''
These processes consist of patented off-the-road tire processes; crumb rubber manufacturing plants; waste-to-energy; co-generation; extraction of oil from tar sands; other types of electrical generation facilities, including diesel electric power generation; and pyrolysis.
Garb-Oil operated its own 5,000-sq.-ft. recycling facility for two years and now will market the technology worldwide.
``You put a section on the inside of a tire, and the hole is filled with natural rubber, and it reinforces the tire so that, structurally, it's as good as new,'' Mr. Brewer said.
The company's technology consists of shredders, cryogenics, granulates, cracker mills, classifiers, materials handling systems and methods used in the waste processing industry.
Garb-Oil also is negotiating with other companies for tire repair/recycling plants and other projects, and is developing crumb rubber projects in Spain, Italy and the U.S.
All of the repair/recycling plants will not only repair large truck and OTR tires owned by others but also sell new, retreaded and used tires.
Under separate agreements, both Sunland and Enviromix will purchase mobile tire shredders from Garbalizer Machinery to shred and process tires that will not be repaired, Mr. Brewer said.
In addition to Garb-Oil's patented technology, the company will provide specialized vulcanizing machinery produced by companies in Canada and England for use in the heavy-duty truck tire recycling and repair process.