The Harlingen Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of Tire Recycling and Processing, LLC, (TRP), the newest industry to locate in the Harlingen Industrial Park at 1309 Industrial Way.
The center will utilize state of the art technology to process and shred used tires. Once shredded, the product will be separated to produce rubber granules, steel wire, and bio fuel. The final product will be shipped to purchasers throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. Marta Martinez, Vice President of TRP, is excited about the Harlingen Industrial Park’s central location. “The Valley International Airport, Port of Harlingen, the Free Trade International Bridge at Los Indios, and Harlingen’s extensive highway and rail way system make our facility the perfect location from which to receive raw materials and ship finished products across the US and around the world.”
Martinez praised the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation for the assistance that TRP received during the development phase. “The HEDC was there from day one beginning with the selection of the location for our center, to assistance with city and statewide building and environmental permits,” Martinez concluded.
Mrs. Martinez brings over 26 years of experience as an environmental engineer. She was driven to start TRP due to the abundance of used and abandoned tires across the community. It is estimated that there are three billion waste tires along the border area from Brownsville, Texas to San Diego, California. With the new tire recycling process in Harlingen, 100% of the waste tires will be recycled into high value products.
“The establishment of the new center in the Harlingen Industrial Park is a testament to the EDC’s commitment to bringing cutting edge technologies and green initiatives to our community. We are thrilled for the investment in our town and the creation of jobs for our workforce,” said Rick Ledesma, President of the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation. TRP is the only facility of its kind in the United States. They are expected to invest over $3.8 million in improvements and provide 30-50 jobs after the first year of operation.
The ribbon cutting event, scheduled for August 16th, 2012, starts at 10:00 am. Tours of the facility will begin shortly thereafter. The company accepts tires from the public on Fridays from 8am to 4:30 pm and on Saturdays from 8am to noon. For more information on tire recycling, please call (956) 428-8473.