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Pennsylvania recycler Good Works adding capacity

By: Michael Lauzon

December 16, 2013

Size reduction specialist Good Works Reprocessing LLC is expanding capacity and floor space.

The Easton, Pa., company has added four new, large granulators, new pulverizers and blending systems and other equipment to boost its ability to handle nearly 60 million pounds of recycled plastics by the end of 2013.

Good Works also added 45,000 square feet of leased space in an adjacent building to boost its footprint to more than 100,000 square feet.

Good Works President Dan Sheehan estimated the cost of the extra equipment comes in at around $500,000.

“This has been a measured response to growth in customers and customers’ material needs,” Sheehan said in a phone interview.

Among Good Works’ specialties is separating reinforcement fibers from recycled roofing materials, garden hose and similar scrap to produce resins on a toll production basis. The company is not a generic buyer and seller of recycled plastics. Other services include blending, metal and contaminant removal and certified destruction.

Origins of Good Works date back to 2007, when Sheehan and other managers worked with the former Nicos Polymers & Grinding Inc. business. Jim and Tara Knicos sold the recycling business in 2007 but it subsequently went out of business. Sheehan partnered with several former Nicos managers to form Good Works and said they continue the Nicos tradition of focusing on customer and employee needs. Good Works has expanded to about 45 employees. Sheehan is the brother of Tara Knicos.

Sheehan said the new machinery started up in October when his company took occupancy of the space next door. He predicts Good Works’ capacity could reach 80 million or more pounds per year in 2014 if market conditions are right.