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WOONSOCKET, R.I. - Plastics Group of America installed a large grinder capable of shredding high density polyethylene 55-gallon drums, and 10- and 5-gallon pails at its Woonsocket plant.

The company would not disclose how much it invested in the grinder, which can process as much as 4,000 pounds per hour of large HDPE blow molded or rotationally molded parts.

The regrind will be sold for use in drain pipe and other applications.

The firm, which is exhibiting at NPE (Booth E9169), also offers a range of custom compounding capabilities to modify the performance or processing characteristics of the material.

The company has 75 employees and five grinders at its Woonsocket and Blairsville, Ga., plants.

The firm processes more than 100 million pounds of polyolefins and thermoplastic material each year.