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Managing OTR Tires to Achieve Sustainability


Richard Gust
President of National Account Sales
Director of Government Affairs
Liberty Tire Recycling, LLC

Presentation Summary

End of Life Giant Off the Road tires remain a challenge for the tire industry. Although innovative equipment and creative markets have been developed to down size the tire and recover the valuable raw materials found in the products design, economic factors are standing in the way of sustainability. This presentation will demonstrate equipment designs that aid in recycling, provide an overview of national and international projects that are on-going and offer examples that demonstrate the economic viability of managing this market segment while advancing sustainability. 

Meet the Presenter

Richard "Dick" Gust is a professional with nearly 40 years’ experience in the Tire and Rubber Industry. With a Chemistry Degree from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire he began his career as a tire design engineer for Uniroyal Tire Company; eventually moving into managerial positions in Tire Production, Quality Control, Product Development and Product Testing.

With that experience he joined Sears and served as a Tire Engineering liaison between Sears and their various tire suppliers. This position allowed him to work with tire production and manufacturing facilities throughout the United States as well as those in Europe, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. He subsequently moved to Lakin Environmental Industries as their President, overseeing operations involving tire retreading, remanufacturing, and scrap tire processing. Liberty Tire Recycling acquired Lakin in 2008 and today, Mr. Gust serves as the Director of Government Affairs and President of National Account Sales for Liberty.

In recent years, Mr. Gust has devoted considerable time pursuing solutions to our nations scrap tire problem. He is a long time Board Member of the Tire Industry Association (TIA), served as its President in 2005 and currently chairs their Environmental Advisory Council and Government Affairs Committee, where he has worked extensively on public policy issues affecting the tire industry.

He is the recipient of the Industry Leadership Award from the Tire Industry Association, the Governors Corporate Recycling Award from the State of Illinois, and was elected to the Tire Industry Hall of Fame in 2016.