So says award finalists and owners of Green Tire Reclamation
Interview by Dirk Webb
Photo courtesy of Dale Pickett
Daniel and Diane McKenzie
2506 Fairview St
Anderson, IN 46016
Green Tire Reclamation is the kind of small business every community needs; the perfect corporate citizen. They care for our environment by repurposing used tires preventing them from collecting in landfills. They care for those of us who have been sent to the human landfills providing jobs and hope for convicted felons. They care about “doing the right thing.”
Says Dan McKenzie, “I was cutting tires and sending them to a landfill like everyone else. Mike Flanders did some checking and found other options: four million of six million tires were going to landfills and we felt there was a better way…we wanted to make a difference for the environment. Mike discovered the bead wire in tires was going to be a major hurdle yet we found a way to recycle the bead wire and keep the rest of the tire from going to a landfill.”
McKenzie continues, “Mike is amazing. He taught me a lot about people. I pitched trash on a garbage truck for 15 years. Mike is the brains of the outfit, I’m more hands on and together we’re creating a market for shredded tires. Shipping out of state is not cost efficient. We’re actively promoting tires chips for septic systems and other uses.”
Green Tire is aggressively creating a market for aggregate materials in the State of Indiana. They are soon to get their first IDEM Legitimate Use Permit. They’ve also applied for and received a Metal Salvage License taking them into a whole different area. Creating strategic partnerships with metal recyclers, Green Tire is weeks away from buying Non Ferrous Metals – copper, brass, aluminum cans at their Fairview location.
Just as vital, Green Tire Reclamation attempts to reclaim people. Says McKenzie, “We hire guys from House of Hope. I came through the House of Hope 25 or 30 years ago and it saved my life. It’s not easy. We train them and then they move on. That’s not a bad thing either.”
Would you consider Madison County to be in the midst of sunrise? What does the business sunrise across the horizon look like to you?
“Just like all cycles in business life there are ups and downs. Anderson has certainly seen its fair share of both. There can be no doubt that we have experienced a down. We are now on the horizon of the up and with solid committed work it will happen. Our county has been built and rebuilt every time by the common hard working men and women of our community and that is where our faith is in this next sunrise we are experiencing.”
What does "A New Day" mean to you?
“A new day to us starts at around 4:00 am and goes until we can't move anymore. A new day is started with the commitment to accomplish the tasks that will draw success to our community, our company and most importantly to the lives of those we come in contact with.”
How has your optimism helped you guide your company’s vision?
“The fountain of our optimism flows from our faith in God which drives us to show love and compassion for our fellow man and to run our business with integrity. By embracing these principles our employees and our customers see the difference it makes in the world.”
Is your optimism ever threatened?
“There is opposition in all things and optimism’s opposite is discouragement. We are simply determined to spend more time being optimistic.”
If Optimism leads to achievement, what is it you hope your company will achieve in 2016?
“We will complete the process of getting the first ever Tire Derived Aggregate project and pave the way for Madison County to be the first to embrace greener applications for waste tires. We will also expand into the final stages of our diversification goals by adding our indoor auto salvage facility.”
If you were to have five minutes with someone who was considering relocating to Madison County what would you tell them?
“Madison County has a powerful history in industry. We were integral in developing industrial uses for natural gas. We started and coined the inter-urban railway systems in America with the Union Traction Company. We brought the world from crank start motors to the electric starter through the Remy brothers. Now we are becoming a hub for international business and local entrepreneurs. The time is right and ripe for success. The time is right now!”
Green Tire Reclamation is one of three finalists being considered for the 2015 Emerging Business of the Year award. Thanks in part to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, the winner will be announced on February 25 at the 2016 Annual Awards Gala.
To view past award winners, or to read more about the awards, visit MCC's Wall of Fame.