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Bridge dedication ceremony held in Logan County, Ohio.

CDR Staff June 18, 2013

Axion International Holdings Inc., New Providence, N.J., a developer of recycled plastic and plastic composite technologies, participated in an official ribbon cutting ceremony on May 29 for a bridge in Logan County, Ohio made of its Struxure 100 percent recycled infrastructure building products. The company announced the purchase order for the bridge in September 2012.

Logan County Engineer Scott Coleman said that the durability, expected life span of more than 50 years and environmental benefits of using 100 percent recycled materials weighed into the decision to use Struxure. Logan County has a goal of being a zero-waste county by the year 2020.

The raw material used to make Struxure is 80 percent postconsumer plastics and 20 percent comprised of car bumpers and dashboards.

"Axion supplied our Struxure infrastructure building materials and we consulted on the engineering of the bridge as well. We are very confident of the performance and value Struxure products deliver. For years, 70-ton tanks have been driving over a similar Struxure bridge on a U.S. army base," states Dave Crane, Axion's executive vice president of building products.

"Advancements in technology are creating new economics and feasibility around recycled building materials. We are seeing increased adoption of our high performance, proven infrastructure grade building materials that make sense for communities, both financially and environmentally," adds Axion President and CEO Steve Silverman.

According to Axion, the 24.6-foot Onion Ditch Bridge is the longest span bridge made from 100 percent recycled plastic materials in North America and is only the second bridge of its kind on a public road; Axion had earlier built a bridge using Struxure in York, Maine.

Additionally, New York State’s St. Lawrence County Department of Highways has purchased Struxure to repair and restore bridges. Other tank and railroad bridges have been built using Struxure on domestic military bases which support heavy loads.

Reportedly, 80 percent of the cost of the bridge was paid for by the Federal Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment Program, which provides funding for projects that demonstrate innovative accelerated bridge design and construction technology, and the application of innovative material technology

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