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Former ReNew director cleans out warehouse – Brattleboro Reformer

Deconstruction Works owner members (L-R) Erich Kruger and Michael Weitzner work to clean up ReNew Salvage.(Kayla Rice/Reformer)

Deconstruction Works owner members (L-R) Erich Kruger and Michael Weitzner work to clean up ReNew Salvage. (Kayla Rice/Reformer)

“It’s kind of bittersweet. It didn’t have to happen this way,” he said while taking a break from his work. “It’s a mess right now, but at least I know it is being done right.”

After being let go by the ReNew board, Kruger continued working in the trade and last year he helped start Deconstruction Works, which became a worker-owned cooperative this year.

Deconstruction Works owner members (L-R) Erich Kruger and Michael Weitzner work to clean up ReNew Salvage.(Kayla Rice/Reformer)Deconstruction Works owner members (L-R) Erich Kruger and Michael Weitzner work to clean up ReNew Salvage. (Kayla Rice/Reformer)

viaFormer ReNew director cleans out warehouse – Brattleboro Reformer.

Shuttered Renew HQ up for tax sale – Brattleboro Reformer

BRATTLEBORO — The former home of Renew Building Materials and Salvage Inc. is up for tax sale, with town records showing more than $17,000 in past-due taxes.

The company’s headquarters at 16 Town Crier Drive is scheduled for public auction at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 in the Selectboard meeting room at the Brattleboro Municipal Center, 230 Main St.

Renew, a nonprofit that salvaged and resold building materials, was founded in 2005 and used a USDA Rural Development loan of more than $1 million to purchase the Town Crier Drive property, which is situated off Putney Road.

But Renew fell on hard times that were in part attributed to a stagnant economy and a slowdown in the construction business.

In a June Facebook post, Renew administrators asked for community support and said “years of economic distress have weakened our capacity.”

The following month, Renew closed its doors. At the time, a member of the board said administrators were “looking for the most-responsible way to dissolve the business.”

via Shuttered Renew HQ up for tax sale – Brattleboro Reformer.

ReNew closes doors to building recycling store Founder looks to salvage the concept, this time as a cooperative instead of a nonprofit- THE COMMONS

By Randolph T. Holhut/The Commons

BRATTLEBORO—The man who helped create the deconstruction industry in southern Vermont is getting ready for the next incarnation of his passion.

Erich Kruger of West Dummerston, the founder of ReNew Building Materials & Salvage in 2005, helped popularize the idea of keeping building materials out of landfills and reusing them for other projects.

ReNew, a nonprofit, had a dual mission: recycling building materials and providing local jobs under its building deconstruction program. It closed the doors to its retail store last month.

But Kruger said last week that the concept of building deconstruction and salvage lives on even as ReNew struggles to reinvent itself. He hopes to start up an employee-owned cooperative called Deconstruction Works, which will pick up where ReNew left off.

Read the entire article via Welcome to THE COMMONS — News and Views for Windham County, Vermont.