More than 200 invited guests, including area business, community and government leaders, were in attendance for the official GRAND OPENING of a new Lockport rubber recycling business.
RubberForm Recycled Products held the event inside its corporate and manufacturing headquarters at 75 Michigan Street Thursday, December 7th.
The official ribbon cutting was performed by RubberForm owners Bill and Deborah Robbins, who were joined by several area dignitaries, including State Senator George Maziarz, William Ross, Chairman of the Niagara County Legislature and Lockport Mayor Michael Tucker.
The festivities included tours for invited guests and local media representatives, who got a first hand look at the company’s new recycled rubber products and the machinery from which they are produced.
The first products to be made at RubberForm are recycled “rubber crumb” sign bases, which are used primarily for road signs, as well as parking signs. The company has already begun delivery on these new sign bases, including two which were donated to the City of Lockport.
The 100% recycled rubber used by RubberForm is a durable, functional and long-lasting alternative to what’s currently in use. Prior to the Lockport company’s introduction of this new patent-pending design, most sign bases consisted of metal, plastic, and/or concrete…usually of makeshift construction.
Other products to be manufactured at the new company include speed bumps, rubber curbing and wheel stops. In addition, RubberForm has an agreement with a California company to produce recycled rubber blocks for rubber sidewalks.
The new firm anticipates employing ten people and producing 1.5 million pounds of recycled rubber products the first year. It hopes to triple the work force and production after three years.
Along with providing jobs, RubberForm, as a leader in so-called “green” manufacturing, holds the promise of keeping millions of scrap tires out of US landfills. Many of those tires will come from another Lockport company, High Treat International, which is located on nearby Ohio Street.