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Rubber recycler picks Colonie

Setting roots in the East Coast needs to be done fast, he said. Well before the site was chosen, CRM had already landed many contracts with East Coast customers. Since work began to get the plant up and running, the Colonie location will be meeting orders three years out, said Takallou. The new plant is set to open Aug. 29. Until opening, all East Coast orders must be shipped from the West Coast.

CRM operates two plants in Los Angeles and Phoenix. At the Albany Street site, some 19 million pounds of shredded tire, roughly 1-inch-by-1-inch cubes, will be brought into the plant each month. The shredded tire is frozen to negative 290 degrees Fahrenheit; bringing it to the consistency of glass. It is then pulverized into varying sizes ranging from the size of a pea to a grain of sand.

The steel and fabrics found in tires are separated from the rough product and recycled to be used in other products.

Most of CRM's recycled product is used for athletic turf fields. However, it does sell various forms of the product to manufacturers of pre-cast rubber products.

Shredding of the tires is done off site. Daily trucks will come in and out of the Albany Street manufacturing plant, if approved, and no product will be stored on site. There will be no burning in the processing of the tire scrap.

Aside from incentives, the Albany Street location was chosen because of its proximity to interstates 87 and the Thruway. The 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week operation will employ approximately 55 people, of whom 50 or more will be local, said Takallou.""

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