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7th Scrap to Profit Conference

October 25-26, 2017

The Inn At Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee

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 Tennessee Department of the Environment Office of Sustainable Practices and Division of Solid Waste are hosting the 7th Scrap to Profit Conference on October 25 & 26, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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. 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

The 7th Scrap to Profit Conference would like to thank the following companies for becoming Green Sustaining, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Sponsors. This conference is a highly valued and attended event in the scrap tire recycling industry and we appreciate our generous sponsors who keep this conference affordable.




Green Sustainability Sponsor
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is organized and administered to effectively protect human health and the environment, conserve natural resources, manage state parks and promote overall quality of life in Tennessee.

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Silver Sponsor
Aries Clean Energy started in 2010 as PHG Energy, funded by the owners of a multi-state Caterpillar dealership to further develop a patented gasification technology already in full commercialization and proven as a viable method of cleanly converting wood waste to synthetic fuel gas for industrial use.



Silver Sponsor
Since its founding in 1931, Bridgestone is committed to innovating improvements for the world around us. From tires to textiles, to golf balls and beyond, our thinkers don’t settle for what works. We strive for what sets new standards.



Silver Sponsor
Our commitment to recycling used tires is stronger than ever.  Lakin Tire employs advanced technologies and streamlined processes to unlock more value from used tire waste.  We continue to invest in new ways to recycle used tires not suitable for the road.  Our efforts have been at the forefront of the industry for almost 100 years to create new uses for recycled tires and better, more efficient management of scrap tires.



Bronze Plus Sponsor
CM was the first company to develop "turnkey" systems specifically designed for the reduction of scrap tires with the intent on creating valuable end products, commonly known today as tire derived materials. Our in depth knowledge of markets for products derived from scrap tires has given us the leading edge in developing tire recycling systems that create value for our customers.



Bronze Plus Sponsor
Eco Green Equipment is the leader in cost-effective turnkey tire recycling systems sold globally. Eco Green systems deliver optimum production performance and profitability at the industry’s most affordable costs for TDS (Tire Derived Shreds), wire-free chips, rubber mulch, crumb rubber, and fine rubber powder, used in a variety of applications worldwide.



Bronze Plus Sponsor
Entech, Inc. specializes in producing all sizes of micronized rubber powder (MRP) and crumb rubber powder. Since 1995, we have provided licensed scrap tire hauling and processing services. We return this valuable resource to market as environmentally safe and durable material in various different forms.



Bronze Plus Sponsor
Technical Rubber Company, Inc. (TRC) a world-leading manufacturer and distributor of tire repair, wheel service, and industrial rubber products announces the acquisition of Salvadori S.r.l., Rovereto, Italy.




Bronze Sponsor
CRM is North America’s largest crumb rubber manufacturer, providing our customers with leading edge technology. We specialize in crumb rubber for rubberized asphalt, sports fields and track infill, rubber-molded products, as well as colorized rubber mulch for landscape and playground coverage.



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 19 states, employ nearly 100,000 workers and generate annual sales of more than $27 billion.

Become an Exhibitor

Exhibitor opportunities are available for the 7th Scrap to Profit Conference. 

The exhibitor fee of $1000 entitles each participating organization to one conference registration and an eight (8) to ten (10) 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 Exhiibitors.

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



2401 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
United States
Phone: 615-889-0800

Update: The Inn at Opryland is now Sold Out and the special conference rate of $151 per night for all 7th Scrap to Profit Conference attendees is no longer available.  

Please consider these alternative accommodations in the area: 

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson (0.3 miles)
210 Rudy Circle
Nashville, TN 37214
(615) 316-9944

Hyatt Place Nashville Opryland (0.4 miles)
220 Rudy Circle
Nashville, TN, 37214
(615) 872-0422

Nashville Airport Marriott (9.5 miles)
600 Marriott Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
(615) 889-9300


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