A rubber products company the township was trying to shut down for emitting troublesome emissions has been evicted by its landlord, according to a municipal attorney.
National Sales & Supply in 2008 was named as one of the top 100 fastest growing firms in the Philadelphia area.
Township attorney Michele Mintz said NSS was recently evicted from its location at 3800 Marshall Lane.
According to Mintz and township documents, the municipality cited the company in May after it received complaints of emitting plumes of smoke. She said the emission was “covering cars and houses and there was a salty contamination on trees, shrubs and plants.” In addition, she said, it was causing nearby residents “physical irritation.”
The company website indicates the firm makes and supplies products made from recycled tires for playground equipment and yard use. But Mintz said the company last October “switched it business” and began working with salt.
“I'm not sure if it was used for the same purpose (playground equipment) but that is when the problem started,” she said.
In addition to the citation, the township sought a preliminary injunction in late May to stop company operations, Mintz said. A court hearing was begun in June and was supposed to resume Aug. 9, she said.
“But in the interim they were evicted by their landlord,” Mintz said.
An attorney who represents the landlord could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
The company appealed the citation, saying it was causing no public harm and wanted permits including one to allow a salt-drying process begun last fall. The appeal was scheduled for a hearing before the Township Zoning Board on Aug. 4 but that was continued.
An attorney for the company last week would only say the firm had requested the continuance. He refused to answer any other questions.
Mintz said the township would ask the court to proceed on the injunction request if the firm is allowed back into its building.
The company website says the firm has been in business since 2004 but Mintz said she is not sure how long it was located on Marshall Lane. She said NSS was located at another township location at one time.
The company website speaks of a 120,000 square foot facility. But township documents indicate the 24-acre Marshall Lane site is home to an industrial building of more than 460,000 square feet.
Inc.com says the company had $11 million in revenue in 2009 and employed 40 workers.
The company website says it was named in 2008 as one of the top 100 fastest growing companies in Philadelphia by the Philadelphia Business Journal and the Wharton Small Business Development Corp.