We’re going to be a bit expansive in our definition of Cool Stuff Being Made for this week’s episode, including McCarthy Tire Service in the manufacturing world because 1. Retreading truck tires IS manufacturing (the company also reconditions and services rims); and 2. Not a lot of manufactured goods make it to market without traveling on truck tires somewhere along the line.
After a nice introduction from company vice president, Neil Horn, we get a plant tour from Roland Chabot, Eastern technical trainer, for the company. Founded in 1926, McCarthy Tire — now a third-generation firm based in Wilkes-Barre — is one of the top 10 commercial tire service companies in the country. Roland is darn enthusiastic about the magic of bonding, and in reality, it IS a very interesting process. (With many assurances as to quality.)
Interesting, too, is the conservation side of the process. Retreading totals $2 billion annually in savings for trucking companies (tires follow fuel and labor as the biggest costs of truck fleets), and the world’s 16 million retreads save the equivalent of 280 million gallons of fuel. Rubber dust, too, is a byproduct AND a resource (including a good fuel source).
Thanks to the good folks at the Pennsylvania Cable Network for their continued support (and supply) of Cool Stuff Being Made videos. And to watch this week’s episode of McCarthy Tire Service please .
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