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8th Scrap to Profit Conference

December 4-5, 2019

Hyatt Regency, Greenville, South Carolina

About the Conference


Innovating and Improving Scrap Tire Markets

The Scrap Tire Research and Education Foundation, Inc. (STREF), the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA), and the South Carolina Department of Commerce are hosting the 8th Scrap to Profit Conference on December 4 & 5, 2019 in Greenville, South Carolina.

The conference will explore topics to drive innovation in the scrap tire industry, including current trends and future opportunities for tire derived fuel, civil engineering, and ground rubber markets. Circular economy and sustainable markets will also be discussed. Also, the conference will spark ideas for new markets by addressing recent and upcoming innovations in scrap tire uses, including an update on pyrolysis and gasification technologies.

The conference will offer networking and educational opportunities to drive the future of scrap tire markets.  Don't miss this exciting event!

Register for the event


Wednesday,    October 25

A Special Thank You to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation - our Green Host Sponsor

7:00 am     Registration and Breakfast - Sponsored by Lakin Tire

8:30 am     Welcome and Introduction
  Pat Flood, Tennessee Dept. of Env. Conservation
                            Anne Forristall Luke, U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association

8:50 am     Tire Derived Fuel – Current Trends and Opening New Markets
         Robin Ridgway, Purdue University
                             Monica Sowders, Geocycle

9:30 am     Tire Derived Fuel – State and Federal Policy Incentives
     Sarah Amick, U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association
                             Jesse Levine, U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association

10:15 am    Refreshment Break - Sponsored by Eco Green Equipment

10:40 am   Advances in Size Reduction Technology and The Role of the Equipment Manufacturer
                       Charlie Astafan, Columbus McKinnon Corporation
                             John Werntz, Jomar Machining & Fabricating
                             Bruce Bart, Eco Green Equipment

11:30 am    Tire Derived Aggregate Panel – Creating Market Champions
                             Monte Niemi, First State Tire Recycling

12:00 pm    Lunch followed by Keynote Speaker: Innovation - Sponsored by Aries Clean Energy
                             Jim Lehman, Bridgestone Americas

1:30 pm  Devulcanization and Ground Rubber – Molded and Extruded Products and Plastics
                             Tony Ferguson, Austin Rubber Company
                             Haikun Xu, Entech
                              John Evankovich, Sam's Club Company

2:20 pm      Rubber Modified Asphalt – New State Approaches
                 Ferrella March, Oklahoma Dept. of Env. Quality
                             Brennan Roney, Georgia Dept. of Transportation

2:55 pm      Rubber Modified Asphalt – Strategies for Implementation
                 Barry Takallou, CRM

3:15 pm      Refreshment Break - Sponsored by Columbus McKinnon Recycling Corporation

3:35 pm      Rubber Modified Asphalt – New Technologies
                             Red Clark, Asphalt Plus, LLC.
                             Dick Gust, Liberty Tire Recycling
                             Dan Quire, Wright Asphalt Products Company

4:15 pm     Pyrolysis and Gasification Panel
             Jeff Snyder, Aries Clean Energy
                             Bill Cole, Delta-Energy Group
                             Thomas Redd, Pyrolyx USA

5:30 pm      Networking Reception - Sponsored by Bridgestone

Thursday,       October 26

7:00 am     Breakfast - Sponsored by Entech Inc.

8:30 am     Innovations in Molded and Extruded Products
                             Denise Kennedy, DK Enterprises
                             Rick Welle, Rubberosion
                             Bill Robbins, RubberForm Recycled Products, LLC.

9:15 am      Innovation – Identifying and Fostering the Next New Market
                             Sam Bonasso, Reinforced Aggregates Co.
                             James "Buzz" Surwilo, Vermont Dept. of Env. Conservation
                             Jeff Henry, Tire Conversion Technologies, Inc.

10:00 am    Refreshment Break - Sponsored by CRM

10:20 am    Unique Markets and New Possibilities
                             Robert Lee, RJ Lee Group
                             Chris Intihar, Technical Rubber Company
                             Tom Rosenmayer, Lehigh Technologies, Inc.

11:10 am    Flexible Pavements and Specialty Molding
                             Kevin Bagnall, K.B. Industries
                             Tim Vander Heiden, Safe Path Products

12:00 pm   Closing Remarks

Our Networking Area is sponsored by Tech Rubber - Available during the conference

Our Sponsors

Sponsoring at a STREF Conference is a great way to increase your company’s recognition in the Scrap Tire Industry.  Companies or organizations can support the 8th Scrap to Profit Conference by becoming a Bronze, Bronze Plus, Silver, Gold, or Green Sustaining sponsor.  Sponsorship Packages are available to showcase the products, services and technologies offered by companies and organizations with an interest in the use of ground rubber in higher-value added applications. Click here to learn how to become a sponsor for the 8th Scrap to Profit Conference.

If you need more information about becoming a Sponsor for the 8th Scrap to Profit Conference, please contact John Sheerin at 202.682.4838 or jsheerin@ustires.org.




Organizing Partner
The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S. USTMA members operate manufacturing facilities in 17 states, employ nearly 100,000 workers and generate annual sales of more than $27 billion.

Become an Exhibitor

Exhibitor opportunities are available for the 8th Scrap to Profit Conference. 

The exhibitor fee of $1000 entitles each participating organization to one conference registration and a six (6) foot draped table in an area immediately adjacent to the main meeting room where beverages will be available during the morning and afternoon breaks. Discounted additional registrations are available for Exhibitors.

Exhibit space can be reserved by using the online registration service. 

For more information, please contact John Sheerin at 202.682.4838 or jsheerin@ustires.org



220 N. Main Street
Greenville, SC 29601
United States
Phone: 864-235-1234

Our host hotel, the Hyatt Regency in downtown Greenville is offering a SPECIAL EARLY BIRD CONFERENCE RATE of $139 per night for a limited number of Scrap to Profit Conference attendees. Similarly the Hyatt is offering a limited number of GOVERNMENT ROOM RATES at $94 per night.  Although the deadline to receive this special rate is November 15, 2019 we strongly recommend calling much earlier. When calling, please identify yourself as members of the Scrap to Profit Conference. 

Please Note: Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 10% plus $2% destination fee per room per night) in effect at the time of check-out. In order to receive the government rate, a valid government photo ID is required at the time of check-in.



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