TRP Wraps Up 2017

I’m deeply grateful to everyone who helped TRP fulfill its mission in 2017. Thank you! We’re entering our 25th year and, while it’s never been particularly easy, we’re still growing, still vital, and still keeping quality used building materials moving through the system instead of rotting in the landfill.

Thanks to the generosity of donors who chose to deconstruct rather than demolish - and to those who dropped off their donated items at our stores - TRP warehouses remained well stocked with a wide variety of building materials while preventing those materials (over 15,000 tons) from further clogging our colossal waste stream.

Meanwhile, completing the “reuse circle” were the many wonderful, wise shoppers who purchased materials at our stores, saving money and the environment while giving new purpose to a host of products, from lumber to light fixtures, roofing to refrigerators, doors to decorator kitchens.

Actions have results, and in 2017, thanks to our donors, TRP had the resources to launch a major reinvestment program that included the expansion and reorganization of the Oakland retail store and several important purchases.

Events and Expansions

When the main tenant of the Oakland property left last year, TRP added a 3,000 square-foot building for receiving incoming materials, relocated the lumber yard and increased it by 10,000 square feet, and moved the administrative office from the rear of the main warehouse to a separate building, enlarging the retail space by some 800 square feet. And that’s not all. TRP also added 2,000 square feet to a second building and acquired a 14,700 square-foot space for overstocked inventory.

In Los Angeles TRP extended its lease for an additional three years and purchased a 16-foot Isuzu box truck, which will enable pickups and deliveries in the local area.

Thanks in part to a generous grant from StopWaste.org, TRP and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore cosponsored the First Annual ReUse Fair on the property, which the two organizations share. Visitors toured the stores while enjoying food, music and games for the kids.

TRP will be observing its 25th anniversary in 2018, so next summer’s reuse fair will be a combined celebration. The Los Angeles warehouse plans to host a corresponding anniversary celebration.

Personnel Changes

Shannon Barnes was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, the latest attainment on her trajectory from Los Angeles warehouse manager, to vice president, to controller, to COO. Brandi Nitzsche was hired as Administrative Assistant to Shannon and will also handle project coordination.

Ezequiel Borquez was promoted to Director of Deconstruction, where he will concentrate on securing deconstruction projects and attending to overall project guidance and effectiveness. His replacement, Deconstruction Manager Sean Trujillo, is responsible for the day-to-day management and training of deconstruction crews.

Like those breezy holiday letters people send, I could end this right here and leave you thinking that 2017 was all good. But I won’t. TRP lost a couple of good deconstruction workers. We’ll miss them. Fortunately, they found better jobs with higher pay (that’s how it’s supposed to work, right?). The number of completed deconstruction jobs fell below the official forecast. And fewer jobs meant fewer materials in TRP and partnering warehouses, which ultimately resulted in revenue falling below projections.

Disappointments not withstanding, 2017 was a fine year. Thanks again and let’s all have a great 2018!

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:

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

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

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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