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Appearing At Levi’s Stadium In California: The Backstory

Date: September 20, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

Appearing at Levi's Stadium: The Backstory

It’s always gratifying to see RubberForm’s products in action, and the bigger the stage, the more exciting the experience. On June 29, 2017, RubberForm had an important supporting role in a dress rehearsal for one of the premier venues in the country—the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

This new home for the San Francisco 49ers opened with a pre-season game against Denver on August 17, 2017.  To prepare, the City of Santa Clara, the Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority and team officials held a dry run to look at pedestrian and traffic flow, parking and other issues that may arise when 70,000 fans converge on the stadium. Our sign bases and sign base weights were right in the middle of it all!

There our sign bases and added base weights were: directing VTA Transit pedestrian traffic; helping people get from Point A to Point B; generally contributing to visitor safety and well being. It’s something we see RubberForm sign bases doing in other parking lots and high-traffic sites all across the country. And just like any proud stage parent, we find the performance never gets old. That’s because we can’t help but remember how far all our products came to get where they are now.

After all, it wasn’t so long ago that those sign bases were at the end of their careers as scrap tires. They were headed to a landfill or scrap tire processing plant somewhere in the United States. But where other people might have seen ugly piles of scrap tires, we saw great potential. We took tons of scrap tire crumb rubber—which is ground up scrap tires—and ran it through our innovative recycling rubber molding plant to produce environmentally friendly products that still have their very best years ahead of them!

True, our products aren’t the headliners at the places they appear (sort of like actors you always recognize but can’t name). RubberForm is frequently cast when traffic and parking lot safety is a major concern, and along with our sign bases, we also have products playing at road constructionindustrial, hospitality and marine locations.

No, people won’t go to Levi’s Stadium to see our RubberForm sign bases. But that doesn’t lessen our pride in being there…or any other of the thousands of places that RubberForm products appear. They’re helping travelers reach their destinations, protecting property and lives, and ensuring that people have a better time—all while making the world a little greener. As far as we’re concerned, that’s the role of a lifetime.

Why Rubber Wheel Stops Over Concrete Parking Stops?

Date: September 20, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

Parking Lot Wheel Stops are installed in many parking lots large and small to help in ensuring vehicles come to a stop and prevent damage to buildings, sidewalks, curbs and delicate landscapes. While RubberForm calls these products Wheel Stops, they are also often referred to recycled wheel stops, car stops, parking curbs, parking bumpers, parking blocks and everything in-between. In the past concrete was the go-to material for these parking curb products, but they are being replaced with more durable and environmental friendly materials like our Recycled Rubber Wheel Stops.

A forklift, Bobcat, or front loader are generally the recommended method to install a concrete wheel stop into position, requiring 2 or more people to move it into its final location, resulting in high installation costs. Weighing in at only 38 pounds, a RubberForm Wheel Stop can be unloaded, set into place, and installed by just one person. If one of our Wheel Stops happens to slip off of a pallet it will not chip, crack, break or potentially injure the person moving them – something that can and does happen with concrete.

All of RubberForm’s Wheel Stops are made from 100% post-consumer recycled scrap tire rubber, diverting 4 tires from being sent to a landfill for each Wheel Stop that RubberForm manufactures. Concrete is not recyclable and more susceptible to damage – and once damaged it needs to be removed and thrown out. RubberForm’s Wheel Stops are made with the used, scrap tires from your car! Our Wheel Stops also carry a product lifetime warranty – they won’t break, chip or crack if they get hit by a car and have molded in plastic colored polygons to offer additional visibility.

Visit our product page to learn more and see additional photos of our American Made Parking Lot Wheel Stops in action. RubberForm manufactures and stocks polygon colors in Safety Yellow, White, Handicap Blue, Eco-Green, Emergency Red – but we also offer custom colors to match your brand or corporate color upon request.

Do You Know Where Your Tires Go?

Date: September 18, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

Do You Know Where Your Scrap Tires Go?

Although today’s tires endure more miles than they have in the past, the amount of cars on the road is increasing along with the average number of miles driven annually. According to the ninth report on scrap tire markets issued by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), one waste (also known as scrap) tire is discarded annually per person in the United States.

But where do all these tires go? To help us answer this question, RMA did an analysis of scrap tire management in the United States. In their latest report for 2007, they found that more scrap tires were consumed in end-use markets than ever before, 89.3 percent to be exact. These markets include tire-derived fuel, in which about 54% of the total scrap tires generated were burned for its use. Civil engineering, ground rubber applications, and other smaller markets are included in this.

Yet, even with all of the reuse and recycling efforts, a great amount of scrap tires still end up in landfills each year. At the end of 2007, about 594.0 thousand tons of scrap tires were landfilled in the United States. This compares to the 477.2 thousand tons that were reportedly landfilled in 2005. These data indicated an increase in scrap tire landfilling in the last two years.

It was also reported that at the end of 2007, about 128.36 million scrap tires remained in stockpiles in the United States. Stockpiles truly are liabilities and are a growing issue of much concern. Aside from being unsightly, rainwater accumulates in these stockpiles which then become a breeding ground for an enormous number of mosquitoes that can transmit infectious disease. The real primary concern though is fires. Tire pile fires have lasted for months, cost millions of dollars to fight, and required the evacuation of neighborhoods. They cause significant environmental harm from toxic soot fall-out and the run-off of oil and water. When burned, tires release irritants and potentially carcinogenic compounds into the atmosphere. Some experts no longer consider the question of “if” a stockpile will catch fire but “when” it will burn.

Considering all of these statistics, we should have more of an incentive to buy American-made products. So before we purchase “recycled” products sourced and manufactured off-shore, keep in mind that we need to clean up our enormous scrap tire problem here first.

More on the latest Scrap Tire Report: ustires.org/scrap-tire-markets

What Is An Eco-Industrial Manufacturer?

Date: September 15, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

A company that is considered “eco-industrial” has more involved than just efficiency.  Eco-industrial manufacturing goes beyond the basics of complying with the law, cutting waste and operating efficiency. These companies take environmental considerations into all aspects of their operations; RubberForm Recycled Products is one of these “Eco-Industrial” manufacturers.

The “Eco-industrial” concept has one goal in mind: to make industrial manufacturing processes cleaner and more sustainable. This is accomplished by emulating how nature deals with waste, through reduction, recycling and reuse. In nature, the waste output of one organism becomes the nutrient input of another organism, so that all of earth’s nutrients are endlessly recycled. Eco-industrial companies display this idea exactly; the wastes of one manufacturer become raw materials for another. Companies may also recycle and reuse most materials and chemicals used in industries instead of dumping them into the environment. These practices use less raw material and energy while cutting pollution and waste at the same time.

In addition to these practices, a company can further exemplify “Eco-Industrial” practices by locating itself on rehabilitated damaged sites – vacant property, reusing old, recycled machinery, using eco-distribution channels and creating products that conserve energy and other precious resources. This is taken into consideration through raw materials acquisition, production, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, transportation of finished goods, reuse, operation, maintenance and proper disposal of the waste.

For more information on Eco-Industrial Manufacturing, please reference the following sources.

5 Ways To Take Your Construction Company To Green

Date: September 7, 2017 | Category: Uncategorized

5 Ways To Take Your Construction Company Green

What defines green construction?

Any green construction takes into account the overall impact construction will have on an environment; the energy it uses and produces, and the sustainability of the materials being used. This also includes the life cycle of building materials; how they’re produced, transported, installed, demolished, and recycled.

If you haven’t begun moving your business to a greener version of itself, now is the perfect time to get started. It doesn’t matter how small or large your business is, investors are starting to pay attention to green construction and sustainable materials.

That means consumers are paying attention. It’s not just a fad anymore.

In fact, Americans now recycle 28% of their waste!

Start Slow

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Chances are that your move to green construction won’t be either.

Specialization, especially in the beginning of your transition, can be a good thing.

Would you rather be known as a mediocre business that does decent work or would you rather be known as the best green window installers/producers on the East Coast?

As a specialist, you can focus on being the absolute best in that chosen area. Being the best will increase the trust you receive from your customer base and allow that trust to carry over as you expand your green construction expertise into other areas.

Green Practices

Your employees need to be ready for the change-over. What better way to educate them by starting with their own supplies?

Encourage your employees to reuse office supplies. Set up recycling bins within the office. Switch to non-toxic cleaners.

Make it everyone’s responsibility to turn off lights, fans, etc.

Organize carpools so employees can use less gas.

Once the whole team is on board, they’ll be committed to your vision.

Education

If you want your company to be the best, you need to stay on top of the game.

Conferences are held every year showcasing the latest innovations in green construction. There are also organizations that can help with getting you and your team LEED certified.

Make sure that all of your certifications are posted where customers can see them. This is the kind of thing you should be boasting about.

Make them want to give you their money!

Advertise The Switch

I’m not talking about going out of your way to get ads in local papers and publications. I’m talking about your office.

Pack binders with information on how much money customers save in the long run by utilizing green construction. Not only are they doing the right thing, they’re saving money while they’re at it!

Sometimes green construction can pretty much sell itself. Just leave the facts where you customers can easily find them.

Share this information on your website. Not only are you looking to help the planet and your customers, but you’re sharing real information about it and not charging them for it.

So what have you done so far to optimize your business for green construction? Let us know in the comments!

Sustainable Green Construction

Going green and being honest about it is about more than planting a few trees outside of the office (though they are a nice touch), it’s an essential part in the quality of your business.

Using sustainable and recycled products for construction was the idea RubberForm was built around. Our products are made primarily from U.S. scrap tire rubber and recycled plastics. Our green goods provide cost-effective, durable and attractive alternatives to those made from concrete, metal, wood or plastic. RubberForm’s proprietary manufacturing process ensures our products will not rust, chip, crack or crumble while providing years of superior performance.

With various products in a wide range of industries, you can buy products made from recycled rubber. Everything ranging from parking lot wheel stops to spill containment rubber berms to trackout control mats.

If you want to sell green, you need to be green.

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