MONTREAL-Tire recycler Tirex Corp. has begun fulfilling contracts for products through its joint venture with newly formed Xerus Inc.
Montreal-based Tirex and Xerus, with offices in Montreal and Quebec City, had signed two contracts with customers to supply mudflaps and tile for placement under artificial athletic surfaces, according to Tirex President John L. Threshie Jr.
``As we start producing products and writing orders, we feel it's going to snowball,'' Mr. Threshie said.
Xerus was founded in ``the last couple of months,'' according to Mr. Threshie, to formulate composite materials from recycled rubber and plastic. Its founders are Michel DeBlois, president of MD Technologies in Quebec City and an award-winning specialist in applied research and development; and Andre Valois, a designer, developer and marketer of innovative rubber and plastics products.
Besides the mudflaps and athletic surface tile, the joint venture also will produce recycled rubber anti-skid bands that will be welded to recycled plastic pallets, Mr. Valois said. The bands will prevent loads of goods and materials from sliding off the pallets during transport. Xerus will develop products for individual customers, but farm out production to various subcontractors in the U.S. and Canada.