July 26, 2011

Vycom Staff Visits World Trade Center Memorial Site to See Tree Boxes Installed

SCRANTON, Pa., July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The construction site at the World Trade Center Memorial Site is bustling with activity, as crews work around the clock to get ready for the opening ceremonies on Sept. 11, 2011. The ground work includes finishing the installation of the last wave of tree boxes from Scranton-based Vycom, which are made with its Hitec® HDPE material.

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Don Wharton, President of Vycom, said he felt privileged to visit the site with two members of his sales and marketing team to see the tree boxes in action. The tree boxes are currently providing containment and erosion barriers for about 140 trees, with a total of 400 trees planned.

"To provide a solution to the world's highest profile construction project and to walk on what is literally sacred ground, is a very moving experience," said Wharton. "We are proud to be part of the World Trade Center construction project." The site will be the center of worldwide attention for the Memorial Plaza's dedication ceremony on Sept. 11, 2011, marking the 10-year anniversary of 911.

According to Kevin Smith, project manager for Navillus Contracting based in Long Island City, NY, the large tree boxes are important since they impact the site's longevity and beauty. Smith, who supervises site work at the Memorial Plaza, said he specified Hitec because he wanted a material that could withstand the harsh environment.

"The HDPE material can resist the constant moisture, while the special design of the boxes with angled openings allow for drainage, tree root expansion and extraction if needed," said Smith. "That will protect the surrounding soil and concrete if a tree has to be removed."

According to Wharton, the Black Hitec® HDPE panels are manufactured for durability, making them ideal for this rugged application. And, they're made with a percentage of recycled post industrial material. "We're really pleased that the tree box system is working so well for landscape containment and erosion control," said Wharton.

The trees are already providing greenery to the site. Navillus Contracting expects to complete the site work for the WTC Memorial in time for the Sept. 11, 2011 dedication ceremony. According to Port Authority reports, the underground museum will be ready for Sept. 11, 2012.

To see live progress of the World Trade Memorial Plaza, visit www.panynj.gov/wtcprogress/index.html. To learn more about Vycom, visit http://www.vycomplastics.com.