MONROEVILLE, Penn. (Nov. 5. 2008) — Delta-Energy L.L.C. said it has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the state of Pennsylvania to build a tire materials recovery plant in Green County, Pa.
The grant — made through Delta-Energy's parent company, R.J. Lee Group in Monroeville — will be used for the construction of a 20,000-sq.-ft. facility that will utilize Delta-Energy's DEPolymerization process to recover gas and liquid organics for use in petroleum fuel markets from scrap tires. It will also recover carbon-black based solid products for use in rubber, plastics and coatings applications, the company said.
The facility will, at minimum, be able to reduce an equivalent of 1.3 million passenger tires each year into finished, recyclable products. Delta-Energy said construction of the plant should begin by the end of the year, and the operation will create 25-30 jobs.
“We are seeing significant growth in demand for our products resulting from customer desires to have more stable raw material costs and recycle content in their products,” said Bill Cole, Delta-Energy vice president of product management. “The recycle of Phoenix Black and Zephyr Black into the rubber and plastic goods provides manufacturers a cost effective way to reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to their green manufacturing objectives.”
Delta-Energy also operates a plant in Berthold, N.D., which recently was expanded.