September 25, 2009

Gillibrand Calls On Feds To Meet With WNY Company Developing Green Construction Material

Gillibrand Urges FEMA And Army Corps Of Engineers To Meet With Re-Tread Products To Examine Product’s Potential

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on the federal government to meet with a Western New York company that develops new, green construction materials from recycled tires. According to The Buffalo News, Re-Tread Products has developed the Tire Log to be used as an energy-efficient "green" building product. In a letter to agency officials, Senator Gillibrand urged FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers to meet with executives from Re-Tread Products to discuss this product's potential uses across the country.

The Tire Log has unique properties that make it a promising sustainable, green construction material used for damage prevention. By design, Tire Log is a flexible but strong material that can bend without breaking, enabling it to prevent damage from extreme shock or stress. Therefore, this product could be used for various civil engineering applications, including replacement for lumber, concrete and other building materials for flood-control projects like dikes, levees and retaining walls and in areas subject to earthquake activity.

The type of green manufacturer that could create good-paying green-collar jobs in Western New York, Re-Tread is continuing research and development into new products and uses for waste tires.  Their products are said to be both environmentally friendly and cost efficient.

In letters to W. Craig Fugate, Administrator for FEMA and Lieutenant General Robert L. Van Antwerp, Commanding General of the Army Corps of Engineers, Senator Gillibrand wrote, "Re-Tread Products has the potential to become a leader in Western New York manufacturing. They have developed and patented a unique, green building material made from recycled tires called the Tire Log... [Re-Tread's] expansion would create jobs where they are needed, encourage environmentally-friendly production, and create a product that could potentially help rebuild fundamental infrastructure that is overseen by your agency."

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