Diversified Highway Products of Fort Worth and Image Microsystems of Austin, Texas have joined forces to save lives as well as the environment. These two companies will mesh their technologies and implement life saving products into the highway market, all while reducing the amount of plastics which would have been destined for the landfill.
Image Microsystems helps to save the environment by recycling potentially harmful spent toner cartridges and computer components, then adds value back to the material by producing signage, road markers, stepping stones, trays and various other useful consumer products. Image Microsystems can recycle 80,000 pounds of scrap plastic every 24 hours. Image Microsystems’ newly introduced, “MicroStrate™”, tested at Texas Tech’s University of Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory confirm MicroStrate™ as more attractive in environmental terms than aluminum—with no degradation in performance using only one quarter the carbon footprint required to produce aluminum.
According to Kay Smith, “These signs and markers can also be recycled if taken out of service, creating a “cradle to cradle” line of highway safety products. Our team is producing designs and products that are for truly environmentally committed communities, by using these in your city you enable reductions in e-waste land filling and your signage is completely recyclable.” MicroStrate™ has no resale value, thus theft of signage will be greatly reduced or eliminated. It has been reported that in rural areas alone, Texas loses $2,000.00 -$4,000.00 every two weeks due to theft and vandalism.
Kay Smith, owner of Diversified Highway Products , the only woman owned highway products distributer in the country, will be introducing a line of new products which will be manufactured both at Image Microsystems, as well as Diversified Highway Products in Fort Worth. These products will incorporate retro reflective technologies which she has helped develop. The new highway safety products will greatly increase retro reflective surface area, thus improving nighttime visibility for motorists. Kay believes the new products will be a major factor in decreasing the amount of highway fatalities, most of which occur between the hours of 2-3 AM according to the Transportation Research Board, and are caused by off road collisions with trees, utility poles or other fixed obstructions.
One interesting commonality is both companies are “outside the box” as it relates to most of the businesses in the country. Image Microsystems won the Texas Employment Award in 2009 for its’ training and employment programs for individuals who are deaf or have special needs. They provide work programs and internships for students of the Texas School for the Deaf. Diversified Highway is a woman owned company, DBE Certified; that works with technologies, inventors, and innovators, who can bring a new energy and environmental responsibility to highway construction products.
What is their mutual goal? To save the lives of the traveling public, divert harmful chemicals and waste from our world’s landfills, decrease the carbon footprint, and employ a substantial number of Texas residents through steady and controlled growth.