A Brief Look Back at 2016

By Ted Reiff

I get a kick out of those holiday letters (more like year-end bulletins) that people send out in December and January. They invariably herald astonishingly, enviably good news ("Sally was promoted to senior VP… Ralph became engaged to a partner in his law firm… pet pig Clementine gave birth to six of the cutest babies ever."). My cynical streak wonders what failures and disappointments the senders are not sharing.

However, I confess I'm about to make a similar choice — to focus on the mostly positive developments and conveniently omit the annoying setbacks experienced by TRP in 2016. Just like all those letter-writers, I want to start the new year on a high note.

Personnel

2016 was a time for personnel shifts and the serious realignment of some jobs. In July, Kelly Simione relocated from San Bernardino to the Oakland home office, where she joined the administrative staff and will report to VP/Controller Shannon Barnes.

Later in the year, Juan Gomez became TRP's Safety and Facilities Manager. In this new dual role, Juan will oversee safety issues and practices in all aspects of the Oakland and Los Angeles operations, assisting managers and employees to more adequately meet their ongoing safety responsibilities. I'm confident we can now expect both a better safety record and improved building and equipment maintenance.

Annual Reuse Contest

The end of the year seemed to arrive more quickly than ever, and TRP was late getting all the 2016 reuse contest entries to the judges in time for this eletter. Judging will take place this month, so stay tuned for my announcement of the 2016 winners, plus details of the 2017 contest.

As in previous years, TRP will award gift certificates of $1,000, $500 and $250 to the three top winners in both the Art/Furniture and the Construction/Remodeling categories. The winners will be able to redeem the certificates for materials at their sponsoring reuse stores.

Facilities and Equipment

2017 will see major changes at both the Los Angeles and Oakland facilities—both very much in need of additional space. As for equipment, TRP acquired two pickup trucks (a Dodge Ram 2500 and a Ford F250), a new 18-foot International stake-bed truck, and two dump trailers.

Regional Activity

TRP associates in Texas moved two donated houses and deconstructed a wide swath of residences from Houston to Dallas-Ft. Worth, and in Austin.

TRP became a licensed contractor in Connecticut and is now a minority partner in New England Deconstruction, LLC, with New England Reuse as the majority partner.

Illinois Regional Associate Ken Ortiz, owner of the Reuse Depot and Deconstruction Solutions, was elected to the TRP board of directors.

A second round of deconstruction training was held in Rockford, Illinois, which allowed Mike Meade to begin his TRP deconstruction certification training. As a trainer, he will eventually serve that area.

Specials of the Month

At the Oakland we are featuring cabinets and doors. Receive 25% off the price of any cabinet or appliance through January 31.
The ReUse People Specials
The Los Angeles warehouse is featuring doors. Purchase one door at the regular price and receive a second door of equal or lesser value FREE through January 31.
The ReUse People Specials

Location and Contact Information

TRP ReUse Warehouse - Oakland
9235 San Leandro Street
Oakland, CA  94603
(510) 383-1983; toll-free 888-588-9490
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00-6:00 Closed Sunday

TRP ReUse Warehouse - Los Angeles
3015 Dolores Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90065
818-244-5635
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-5:00; Sat 10:00-4:00

Please visit our partnering warehouses:

Salvage Too - Rockford Reuse Center
907 S Main Street
Rockford, IL 61101
(815) 963-6236
Hours: Tue-Fri, 11:00am-4:30pm

The ReUse Warehouse
1400 East Geer Street
Durham, NC 27704
(919) 219-4913
Hours: Mon-Fri, 2:00-6:00; Sat, 9:30-5:00

Second Chance Building Materials Center
1423 West Grove Street
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 331-2707
Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:00-6:00; Sun, 12:00-5:00

Roaring Fork Valley Habitat for Humanity
7025 Hwy 82
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
(970) 945-7733
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:00-5:30; Sat, 10:00-5:00; Sun, 11:00-4:00

Stardust Building Supply
3901 E. Thunderbird Road
Phoenix, AZ 85032
(602) 459-9803
Hours: Mon-Sat, 8:00-6:00; Sun, 10:00-4:00

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Salt Lake Valley,
1276 South 500 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 263-0136
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00am-6:00pm; closed Sunday

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Summit & Wasatch Counties
6280 N. Silver Creek Drive, Silver Summit, UT
(435) 487-9015
Hours: Wed-Sat 10:00-6:00; closed Sunday

Recycle Utah
1951 Woodbine Way Park City, UT 84060
(435) 649-9698
Hours: Mon-Sat 8:00-5:30; Sun 10:00-4:00

Reuse Depot
50 West Madison
Maywood, IL 60153
(708) 223-0502
Hours: Wed-Mon 10:00-6:00p; Closed Tuesdays

New England Reuse
400 Sackett Point Rd
North Haven, CT 06473
(203) 230-2638
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00p; Saturday 9:00-1:00p

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