The environmental edge
Remanufacturers have been "recycling" for more than 80 years. It all began during World War II when the tremendous need to reuse automotive and truck parts gave birth to the industry. Natural resources were scarce during wartime, and many of the resources we did have were going to the war effort to build planes, ships, tanks, etc. Rebuilding used parts met the demand for quality replacements.

The remanufacturing industry helps the environment in a number of different ways:

  • Energy Conservation: Automotive and truck parts are kept out of the re-smelting process longer because of remanufacturing. As a result, millions of barrels of oil or comparable forms of energy are saved.

  • Raw Material Conservation: Remanufacturing gives a product numerous lives instead of just one, there by saving on raw materials. Rebuilders annually save millions of tons of natural resources such as iron, aluminum, copper, etc.

  • Landfill Space Conserved: Landfills are spared from the dumping of millions of tons of iron, aluminum, copper, etc., because of the monetary value the industry places on parts. This "core charge" ensures parts are returned to be rebuilt.

  • Air Pollution Reduce: Once again, keeping parts out of the re-smelting process benefits the environment by reducing the air pollution that is generated by re-smelting.

Scientific studies highlight remanufacturing benefits
Studies have been performed which conclude that:

  • More than 50% of the original Compressor is recovered in the remanufacturing process. This can result in annual savings in the U.S. of 8.2 million gallons of crude oil from steel manufacturing, 51,500 tons of iron ore, and 6,000 tons of copper and other metals.

  • Rebuilt ENGINES require 50% of the energy and 67% of the labor that is required to produce new engines.

Studies by the Fraunhofer Institute in Stuttgart, Germany, demonstrated that:

  • The yearly energy savings by remanufacturing worldwide equals the electricity generated by five nuclear power plants or 10,774,000 barrels of crude oil which corresponds to a fleet of 233 oil tankers.

  • The yearly raw materials saved by remanufacturing worldwide would fill 155,000 railroad cars forming a train 2,700 miles long. (For perspective that is 256.2 miles longer than the distance from New York to Los Angeles)

The future of remanufacturing
As people grow more and more concerned about the environment, we must seek public policies that will encourage even more remanufacturing. There are enough social and environmental benefits to justify remanufacturing. Imagine the added benefits to society if EVERYTHING we buy could be remanufactured, from small appliances to lawn mowers. Also imagine if products were once again originally manufactured with the intended purpose of being rebuilt and not simply thrown away. At we are playing our part to help stop the abuse of raw materials and in the process offer great paying jobs to hard working Americans. Our Auto Compressor Remanufacturing facility uses recycled cores from various American core suppliers. Our more than 25 years of remanufacturing and less than 1% defect rate is a testament to the high quality standards we have and always will uphold.

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