HARLINGEN – Tire Recycling & Processing LLC (TRP) has announced plans to establish a center to process used tires into granules, carbon black and bio fuels in Harlingen.

The company has purchased a 42,777-square-foot facility in the Harlingen Industrial Park and will install new equipment valued at $3.8 million. The operation will create 30 new jobs.

The Harlingen City Commission approved a resolution nominating TRP as an Enterprise Project. If approved by the State, the project would qualify for State tax incentives.

TRP was formed by Ecologist Services & Dispositions Inc. (ESD) to address the abundance of used tires in the environment. ESD is a Brownsville-based recycling center with over 25 years of experience in the industry. TRP will use state-of-the-art technology to process over 5,000 tires per day. The process involves no chemicals, odors, noise or emissions.

"We considered sites from across the Rio Grande Valley, but Harlingen's central location makes it the perfect site for receiving raw material and shipping the finished product to clients across the US and around the world," said Marta Martinez, Vice President of TRP. "Harlingen has an excellent distribution system which makes it an easy choice."

Martinez praised the assistance TRP received from the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) and the City of Harlingen. "During the site selection process, from permitting to facility requirements, the HEDC team was prompt and courteous. They listened to our needs and provided solutions every step of the way," Martinez concluded.

"We are very pleased that TRP has selected Harlingen for its new operation," said Ernesto Silva, President of the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation. "TRP's decision to locate in Harlingen is proof that our city is a prime location for new industrial operations. This project helps make Harlingen a leader in ‘green solutions' and environmental remediation," Silva concluded.

Used tires are a huge environmental problem. Currently, approximately 3 billion used tires are available along the southern US border from Texas to California. TRP's new process will take these environmental liabilities and turn them into high value products.

Remodeling of the facility will start later this month with operations to begin within 60 days.