FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2006
CARLISLE COMPANY, MASSACHUSETTS FIRM
TEAM UP TO CREATE SAFER IOWA PLAYGROUNDS
Iowa - Welch
Products of Carlisle, Iowa, announced today it has entered into an
agreement with GreenMan Technologies of Iowa, a wholly-owned subsidiary of
GreenMan Technologies, Inc. (AMEX GRN) to purchase crumb rubber manufactured at
GreenMan's Des Moines, Iowa facility, which will be ground specifically to
Welch Products specifications for use in their playground safety products.
"By working with GreenMan, a Massachusetts firm with Des Moines
facilities, we are able to significantly reduce our inbound transportation
related costs thereby allowing us provide additional incentives to Iowa schools
during the next 90 days to assist them with the purchase our DuroMat Extended
Life™ playground safety tiles," said Jack Brown, President and CEO of Welch's
parent company, First Continental Industries.
President and CEO of GreenMan stated, "Our relationship with Welch Products
underscores our continued commitment to ensuring that Iowa scrap tires are
processed in a compliant manner and in this particular application, ultimately keep children
safer on Iowa's playgrounds as well as provide savings to Iowa taxpayers
through lower playground maintenance costs and reduced injuries."
The National Safe Surfacing Initiative
(NSSI), the playground-surfacing subsidiary of Welch Products, will work
through its relationship with the Iowa Association of School Boards to
implement this 90 day incentive program to the Iowa school districts. "We've visited hundreds of Iowa schools that
wanted our products installed as soon as possible," said Tim Mahoney, President
of NSSI. "The opportunity, provided by
the Welch and GreenMan relationship, combined with the NSSI's financing and
deferred payment plans options will help schools to realize the benefits of
safer playgrounds even sooner."
The DuroMat Extended Life™ playground
safety tiles were the focus of a three year study by the Iowa Legislature to
test whether playground safety tiles, made with Welch's patented manufacturing
process, could actually prevent serious injuries to children when compared with
traditional loose fill surfacing such as woodchips and pea-gravel. In a report to the Iowa Legislature, the
National Program for Playground Safety at the University of Northern Iowa
concluded that the combination of Welch-manufactured tiles with supervisory
training resulted in a 75-percent reduction in serious injuries.
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