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Tire World Goes Green With Expansion

 Posted by on November 11, 2011
Nov 112011
 

It's been a staple on Empire Boulevard since 1968. Now tire world has gotten a face lift, and it's an environmentally friendly one.

"There's a lot of ways you can do it. It is a little bit more expensive to be environmentally friendly but we've done this for 40 some years here. It's important to the community, important to our customers, and our employees so we think of things like that that will be environmentally friendly." says Tony Sagona, the owner of Tire World.

The shop has grown by 31,000 square feet. Five bays have grown to nine. Along the way some green touches have been added. There are new lights and electrical upgrades. But the highlight is the heating system.

"One of the key features is the radiant heating we provide through the floor. We recycle all the waste oil from our oil changes it's an environmentally great idea. We no longer have to transport the waste oil off site," Sagona adds.

Another unique green angle are these soon-to-be light poles. They'll be used as charging stations for hybrid electric cars. "A lot of customers drop their car off for the day. When we service the car we'll plug it in for them so the car will be charged up and ready to go," adds Sagona.

Business owner Tony Sagona expects they'll save 30-35% on their energy bills. "We'll save several thousands of dollars a year on our RG&E bill."

Their fuel bill will be lower too. "We always run specials on oil changes to make sure we don't run out of oil."