Ryan Carpet reclamation project helps keep area construction sites green
An area commercial flooring contractor gained and then lost 50,000 pounds, and is planning on losing hundreds of thousands more!
Ryan Carpet Sales & Service, Inc. of Austintown, Ohio, announces that they have delivered their first semi-tractor-trailer of old, replaced carpet – 50,000 pounds in all – to a local reclamation center, the result of dozens of jobs where they took the extra step to save the carpet for recycling purposes.
Ryan officials say they began saving carpet since the summer of 2008, after learning they could help a major university client earn extra LEED points by doing so. Ryan bought the trailer, then began loading it with pallets of the carpet that otherwise would’ve ended up in landfills. The old carpeting is delivered to a reclamation center operated by Mohawk, a large flooring manufacturer. Mohawk then presents Ryan’s customers with a certificate authenticating the reclamation procedure.
“A lot of our clients are very happy with our commitment to do this,” said Jim Eickelman, President of Ryan Carpet. “Although this program is done at a significant expense to us, we believe it is the right thing to do. And we have also incorporated this program into our sales program, to attract new customers who are also green-minded. We are already well on our way to filling our second trailer, and we intend to keep this practice in operation well into the future.”
Ryan Carpet Sales & Service, Inc. specializes in commercial flooring projects and specializes in health care – furnishing and installing carpet, rubber, sheet vinyl, ceramic tile, many custom designs and custom installations. They are also a member of The Builders, which represents employers in Trumbull, Columbiana and Mahoning counties in eastern Ohio, and Mercer and Lawrence counties in western Pennsylvania, The Builders services 15 different skilled trades in the region, and is an ongoing resource for union construction contractors.