Treadstone LLC, which recycles retired forklift tires into bags of mulch for playgrounds, landscaping, shooting ranges and other applications, has developed specialized proprietary equipment to serve the niche industrial tire market.
Deb and Mark Sanderson, who bought the company from their partners last year, bring in tires mostly from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan and send bags of mulch to customers across the country and as far as Europe.
“So many people were focused on car, truck, passenger tires,” Mark says. “We found a niche in forklift tires that was being untapped. We’re the only ones in the United States that have been successful in processing what’s called industrial tires on a high-volume basis.”