SYCAMORE, Ohio-The Tireless L.L.C. subsidiary of Petrol Rem Inc. began work Oct. 1 as a subcontractor to Central Ohio Contractors Inc. in remediating the Kirby scrap tire pile, one of the nation's largest.
Under the contract, Tireless will use its portable tire shredder to shred 1 million to 1.5 million tires on site at the Kirby pile, which is in Wyandot County near Sycamore, about 50 miles south of Toledo. The shredder will chop the tires into 2-inch chips, which will be used for construction drainage at a nearby landfill.
Grove City, Ohio-based COC began its second one-year contract to remove tires from the Kirby site at the end of September. That contract calls for COC to remove about 3 million tires, equivalent to 30,000 tons, within the next 12 months, according to Brian Hatfield, COC operations manager in charge of the company's Tire Division.
During the first 12-month contract, COC removed approximately 2.4 million tires from the site, Hatfield said.
The subcontract with Tireless represents both the fledgling Petrol Rem subsidiary's first job and COC's first use of a subcontractor at the Kirby site. Tireless is negotiating new contracts with potential customers, but those are not far enough along to disclose publicly, a spokeswoman for Tireless said.
The Kirby tire pile was begun in the 1950s by the late Nobel Kirby, owner of Kirby's Tire Recycling. In 1998, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered the Kirby family to start cleaning up the site.
When the Kirbys failed to comply, the state hired COC to remove the tires. A massive tire fire that began Aug. 21, 1999, at the site hampered the company's efforts.
Estimates vary as to how many tires remain at the Kirby site.
A Sept. 27 press release from Tireless set the figure at 30 million to 50 million. Hatfield said the EPA estimates the remaining pile at 16 million to 17 million, but COC itself thinks the number is closer to 20 million to 25 million.
Founded in 2000, Tireless describes itself as bringing ``together professionals representing over 100 years' experience in fossil and renewable fuels.'' Tireless has equipment to abate large scrap tire piles, as well as its specialized tire shredder, the Sept. 27 release stated.
Tireless and Petrol Rem are subsidiaries of BICO Inc., a Pittsburgh-based firm involved in the development and manufacture of biomedical devices and environmental solutions. None of the company's biomedical products is made of rubber or polymer, the spokeswoman said.