For the product categories of sports flooring, acoustical underlayment and vegetation control matting, U.S. Rubber is California’s largest user of recycled crumb rubber. In 2018, we diverted 6,480,459 pounds of discarded tires away from California landfills. This former waste stream was converted into a feedstream, which created a second life for such materials, reducing the need for virgin materials to produce our products.
Embedding the sustainable practice of waste diversion into our business model is only half the story. U.S. Rubber also generates tremendous triple bottom line value for its stakeholders by making a conscious effort to hire, train and promote ex-felons. In 2019, 63% of the factory workforce consisted of ex-felons who are now living a productive, crime-free life. We believe that everyone in life deserves a second chance. It’s been our experience that those who are given such an opportunity, far more times than not, produce extraordinary results in the right environment.