TERRE HAUTE, Ind.—Just less than one year ago, Bolder Industries Inc. announced that it would lean on Liberty Tire Recycling L.L.C. to supply scrap tires for its patented fossil fuel and steel mining processes.
That partnership has come to fruition, as Bolder and the Pittsburgh-based Liberty said Aug. 2 that Bolder's western Indiana location will process about 3 million scrap tires per year from Liberty's feedstock, beginning in 2023.
That number could increase to 6 million per year with further expansion in Terre Haute. An initial $40 million has been put into retrofitting the 66,000-sq.-ft. production facility, which Bolder purchased from Pyrolyx USA Indiana on Dec. 7, 2021.
"We view this relationship as part of our commitment to provide a core infrastructure for end-of-life tires for our customers," said Liberty Tire CEO Thomas Womble. "Ultimately, the environmental savings captured from this partnership will be realized by the customers of both organizations—allowing them to achieve their sustainability mandates and goals."
According to Bolder CEO Tony Wibbeler, the company's unique process takes feedstock scrap tires and uses 98 percent of the material, with about 75 percent of the solids and liquids extracted from the recycled tires making their way back into new tires, manufactured rubber products and plastics.
Materials "mined" from the breakdown—using a suite of processes, including pyrolysis—include, from one tire, gas (10 percent); oil (BolderOil, 40 percent); carbon black (BolderBlack, 33 percent); and steel (15 percent).