JANUARY 2008

Liberty Tire Services dedicates renovated facility

Liberty Tire Services dedicated its newly renovated facility in Grove City, Ohio, on December 5. Officials of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and others toured the facility after the dedication ceremony.

In 2005, Liberty Tire received a $350,000 Recycling Market Development Grant from ODNR for equipment to shred scrap tires and convert them into rubber crumb for use in athletic fields and civil engineering projects. The company matched the grant with an equal amount of money. Liberty officials said the grant allowed them to hire 13 new employees to shred about 1.2 million tires annually at the Grove City plant.

However, a devastating fire at the facility last year delayed full operation of the facility. ODNR allowed the company a one-year extension on the grant, giving it the opportunity to meet the benchmarks originally specified.