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PlastiCycle Industries gets buyer, renamed

EAU CLAIRE, WIS. — PlastiCycle Industries Inc., based in Eau Claire, was sold for about $85,000 and has changed its name to Polymer Recovery Systems Inc.

The plastic recycling equipment manufacturer shared a building with Pro Plastics, a 31/2-year-old high density polyethylene and PET recycler. A late-October fire destroyed the companies, causing about $500,000 in damage. Pro Plastics, a 1 million-pound-per-year recycler, went out of business.

PlastiCycle, which had built about 10 machines, relocated within Eau Claire. The company's recycling system de-bales, washes, dries and grinds post-consumer material in a continuous process, said PlastiCycle President David Bergstrom.

On May 14, the firm was sold to Polymer Recovery, a newly formed company. John Ayres is the president of the new firm, while Bergstrom continues on as vice president.

In other news, Bergstrom received a patent for a continuous-flow rotary wash line for post-consumer plastics. It produces a dry, clean flake from rigid plastic scrap.

Bottle recycling group takes Southeast tour

SHREWSBURY, N.J. — The Bottles 4 T-Shirt Tour 1997, the first eco-convoy to promote plastics recycling, toured the United States last month.

The tour traveled more than 1,900 miles and visited eight cities in the Southeast. The first 800 children who presented four empty two-liter plastic bottles at each location received a T-shirt. The tour, sponsored by PlaNet Productions Inc., of Kansas City, Mo., distributed more than 7,000 T-shirts made from Fortrel EcoSpun. Shrewsbury, N.J.-based Wellman Inc. fabricates EcoSpun from recycled PET plastic bottles.

The convoy culminated at a recycling center near Washington, where the nearly 30,000 collected bottles were recycled.

Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola Co., Maxis and Wellman Inc. sponsored the event.

Erema chooses CRG as Midwest sales rep

TOPSFIELD, MASS. — Erema North America, a Topsfield-based supplier of plastics recycling equipment, selected CRG Systems Inc. to be its exclusive sales agent for Illinois, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Des Plaines, Ill.-based CRG was chosen for its experience with plastics extrusion equipment. In addition to supplying equipment for reprocessing materials, Erema offers a variety of back-flushing screen changers and a continuous filtering system, the Laster Filter.

The machinery is developed and made in Austria. Erema's system feeds scrap material into a vertical densifying unit that uses friction to compress and preheat the plastic.

This material is then fed directly to extruder screws with diameters ranging from 50 millimeters to 212mm.

Compression and melting occur gradually, at a controlled temperature.