SIMCOE, ONTARIO — Custom Cryogenic Grinding Corp. is working with LaGrange, Ga.-based Interface Flooring Systems to recycle waste carpet tiles and trim. Custom Cryogenic will receive at least 2.5 million pounds of material a year, which will yield sales of about $500,000, said President and Chief Financial Officer Joe Kosalle.
``This agreement is the successful culmination of nearly one year's testing,'' Kosalle said in a press release. ``In this tolling arrangement, Custom Cryogenic will use its unique cryogenic technology, in combination with its polymer separation process, to strip and reclaim the PVC backing from carpet, and then ship the reclaimed PVC back to Interface for reuse.''
The technology involves freezing the product so it becomes more brittle and separates more easily. The end result is a PVC powder shipped back to Interface. About 50 percent of Interface's waste tiles and trim are recovered. The other 50 percent is nylon fiber and stubborn PVC bits stuck to the fibers.
Custom Cryogenic, with 80 employees, is working on technology to recover the additional PVC and nylon. The company processes 80,000 pounds per week from Interface's plants in LaGrange and Belleville, Ontario, and has capacity well beyond that, Kosalle added.
Custom Cryogenic is a reprocessing company that produces and sells a variety of compounds to processing and manufacturing industries. The company claims to be the leading North American manufacturer of cryogenically ground rubber and plastic powders.
Working only with post-industrial scrap, Custom Cryogenic works with the automotive, wire and rubber industries.