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WEWS-TV (ABC Cleveland)

WEWS-TV (ABC Cleveland)

Some call them wind turbines, others say windmills, but across Ohio, there are 302 of them. Have you ever wondered what happens to parts of those machines when they aren't used anymore? Usually, they're broken down or sent to a landfill, but one local business found a more sustainable way to use the scraps.

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City of Huntington, Indiana

City of Huntington, Indiana

“It is very exciting to present this new product to community members. These will provide some seating in areas that we haven’t had before and replace some benches that were becoming unsafe due to rust and cracking,” Parks Superintendent Steve Yoder said. “I also love the QR code option on each bench that will not only explain how the bench is made but also highlight things going on in our amazing community."

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Solve It! For Kids

Solve It! For Kids

Have you seen those giant wind turbines across the country? Ever wondered what happens to the blades when they have to be replaced? They can be recycled! Take a listen to our guest, Brian Donahue, with Canvus, a company who manufactures furniture out of old wind turbine blades. You may have some of these awesome structures in your community right now. What an awesome combination of STEM, ART, and recycling.

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Apeiron Construction

Apeiron Construction

The term ‘Upcycling’ is a relatively modern one. Coined in the early 1990’s, upcycling has been the vehicle for trending techniques and styles across multiple industries. Fashion, furniture, design, there are few areas in which upcycling has reached. In the construction world, it is a concept that is gaining traction also.

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Design World

Design World

The unique structures come from different cross-sections of the fiberglass blade, and the seating and tabletop materials are from various sources, including composite lumber made of recycled plastics, rubber made from recycled tires and shoes, and mixed plastics from carpet and plastic waste...

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Cleveland Business Journal

Cleveland Business Journal

Brian Donahue, managing partner of Canvus, thinks about his company's manufacturing facility as a kind of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory...

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Business Mayor

Business Mayor

Due to the size, weight and product cost, Canvus’s designs are best suited for places like parks, schools or other outdoor venues, said Brian Donahue, the company’s vice president for corporate affairs. But many cities, towns and schools are strapped for cash. So, Canvus’s business model emphasizes donors to help put its products in public spaces.

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Renewable Energy World

Renewable Energy World

“The greatest science isn’t necessarily the greatest product,” Stockburger said. “If you’re not understanding markets and developing products that people want to buy at a price that makes you a profit, we’re never going to solve this clean energy transition and climate change.”

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Manufacturing Happy Hour

Manufacturing Happy Hour

Brian joins Manufacturing Happy Hour to share the incredible story of Canvus and how they repurpose disused wind turbine blades into functional art for public use, such as benches, tables and planters. He tells us how the company began, outlines their mission and provides expert tips for manufacturing leaders embarking on groundbreaking projects. 

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