Tires to return as earth-friendly goods
A local tire company has partnered with an alternative energy company to recycle tires in an environmentally friendly way.
RDH Tire & Retread Co., located in Cleveland, and Missouri-based Hitec LLC created a joint venture in April 2008 called RDH Environmental.
RDH Tire retreads off the road (OTR) tires — a type of large tire used in heavy machinery and by the military. But those tires typically last only through two retreads before they are scrapped.
Hitec created a startup facility on the RDH Tire property in Cleveland to process those scrap tires into liquid fuel oil, vaporized gas, carbon and steel — most of which it plans to sell to interested businesses.
During a presentation and tour this morning, company officials explained more about the pyrolysis process, how it helps the environment and how many jobs the operation could bring to Rowan County. Check Friday’s Post for details.