RMA to Coordinate and Participate in Industrial Byproducts Workshop in San Diego

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.March 31, 2009 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), in coordination with the Industrial Resources Council, is conducting a one day workshop on the use of industrial byproducts in highway construction in San Diego, on April 20.

“RMA has always sought to work with other stakeholders in an effort to provide the most timely information that will allow us to expand markets for scrap tires,” said Michael Blumenthal, RMA vice president. “This workshop will provide a venue where new market opportunities can be explored.”

The workshop is being sponsored by the California Integrated Waste Management Board, the City/County of San Diego and the San Diego Environmental Services Department. The workshop is being coordinated by the Industrial Resource Council (IRC), and will feature presentations on scrap tires and construction and demolition debris.

“The focus of the workshop is to educate the highway community, state and county officials on the engineering and economic benefits of using industrial byproducts in a highway construction,” Blumenthal said. “Our goal is to provide a one-stop learning experience where highway and construction officials can learn about these materials.

Additionally, the program will include a Federal Highway Administration presentation on their Green Highway Partnership and a presentation on the flow of used tires from California into Mexico.

The workshop will be held at the auditorium at the City of San Diego Environmental Services Department, 9601 Ridgehaven Court, San Diego, CA 92123-1636 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

To register for the event, visit www.rma.org/scrap_tires/conferences_and_events.

The IRC is comprised of organizations representing industrial byproducts. Currently the members of the IRC are: the American Coal Ash Association; the Construction Materials Recycling Association; the Foundry Industry Recycling Starts Today (FIRST); the National Council for Air & Stream Improvement (NCASI); the National Slag Association (NSA) and Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA).

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.