Tucker-based rubber recycling company Lehigh Technologies Inc. is expanding into Brazil by adding a country manager in Sao Paulo, its first full-time hire outside the U.S.

The company collects and processes used car tires and industrial rubber products, breaking them down into rubber powder which can be used to construct new tires, asphalt and roofing materials.

Eduardo Roberto De Ranieri, Lehigh’s new country manager for Brazil, was formerly a client development director for New York-based corporate trading firm Argent Trading Inc.

He has also been president and CEO of Gilbarco do Brasil SA, a subsidiary of Greensboro, N.C.-based fuel pump manufacturer Gilbarco Veeder-Root.

Kedar Murthy, Lehigh’s general manager and vice president of tire and industrial rubber, said the company targeted Brazil because its government and business community encourage rubber recycling.

“Brazil’s experience and history in establishing legislation and associations that support the industry of recycling end-of-life tires tells us that the market is interested in increasing its use of sustainable materials,” he said in a news release.

Lehigh has sales agents in Canada and also sells its products in Asia but no full-time employees there.

For more information go to www.lehightechnologies.com.