Today the primary focus has been on compiling the information and ideas that we have found so far. After our morning pow-wow we headed to the Chamber and split up in our various groups to work.
The fulfillment group visited Mr. Glenn Robinson, President of Polymer Concrete, Inc. (PCI), who is located here in Camden. He explained the rubber polymer product that he and his team have developed for railroad ties. After discussing with him the pros and cons of the currently available products for railroad ties, we quickly concluded that a combination of bamboo and his rubber polymer has the potential to be better than all currently available solutions. The bamboo would add strength and durability while the rubber polymer would add its absorbency of friction made by the incredibly fast speed and weight of the trains to make an optimal solution. We learned that the rubber used in the rubber polymer is recycled from old tires that would otherwise be sitting in a landfill; therefore, helping the environment. We believe this would be a great endeavor for someone interested in growing and producing bamboo products.
We went to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We spoke with John Lewis, a NCRS technician. He discussed with us, in detail, what he does on a daily basis at USDA. He talked about the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) which works with area farmers to restore unused farmland back to wetlands. Another useful piece of information that he gave us was websoilsurvey.com which shows soil information for just about any piece of land in the country.
Lunch With Kahlil
Today we had lunch at a local restaurant aptly named “Joe's BBQ.” We all had rather engaging conversations as we consumed a healthy amount of flavory flesh and vegetables. After stuffing our small-capacity stomachs, we decided to interview one of the workers. The owner, Joseph Connell, was absent to answer our queries, so we interviewed a worker, Kristen. According to her answers, Joe's BBQ was originally a self-service fuel station that sold fuel in Unleaded, Premium, Super, and Diesel variations. Once it was closed down, the building was redesigned into a barbecue restaurant that also did catering for anyone who wanted barbecue at a gathering. The site itself is unique, as you have the option of sitting inside or enjoying the fresh air outside with friends and family. The food prices are reasonable for such a delectable product. It's well worth the price. Don't take our word for it, you can go and have a bite to eat. For more information about Joe's BBQ, you can go to their Facebook page here: