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A second company is interested in locating what could be the first commercial operation in the western hemisphere using heat to recycle tires.

Ronald Wilder, president and chief executive officer of Titan Industries Inc. of Albuquerque, N.M., Wednesday said the former Union Carbide plant at 3501 Hyde Park Blvd. is one of several sites being considered for a facility using his company's process for converting tires into raw materials.

Wilder was here recently to inspect the site and discuss the project with Nicholas Curtis, town economic development officer. Wilder estimated the cost of readying the operation at $5 million to $6 million, excluding the cost of land and an existing building that could be used.

Another company, Thermal Systems Inc. of Fairport, has been discussing a similar project at the same site. It is seeking $8.5 million from the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency. for a $11.4 million project that would employ 36 to 40 workers.

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