MARYVILLE, Mo. — Congressman Sam Graves visited northwest Missouri on Tuesday, taking a tour of Maryville Carbon Solutions.
“The biggest thing the federal government can do is get out of their way, because this is a company that’s done it right,” Graves said during the visit. “They’ve taken a facility that could have easily been a big problem for the city of Maryville and now they’ve turned it into a vibrant, economic, clean environment, and a very green operation.”
Maryville Carbon Solutions recycles tires into more environmentally conscious products like Bolder Black, which is an alternative to virgin carbon black. Carbon black is a practically ubiquitous substance used to color ink, plastic and paint, and is also used as reinforcement in tires and other rubber products.
Until recently, the process to produce carbon black was only possible through burning virgin oil, a practice that produced a high amount of pollution. Companies like Maryville Carbon Solutions have since come up with ways to recycle the carbon black that’s already in circulation — like in tires — to be reused without a drop-off in quality.
“Our customers are getting a product that’s safer, it’s cheaper, and it’s greener,” said Tony Wibbeler, CEO and founder of Maryville Carbon Solution’s parent company Bolder Industries.
Maryville Carbon Solutions touts that its facility on Industrial Road has a positive net energy balance, and diverts nearly 50 million pounds of waste from landfills annually.