InterGroup opens Georgia recycling site

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: January 23, 2014 1:58 pm ET
Updated: January 23, 2014 2:05 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Sustainability Recycling
Companies & Associations

Plastics scrap recycler InterGroup International Ltd. has headed south for its third location.

In July, Euclid, Ohio-based InterGroup opened a recycling plant in Jackson, Ga. The firm bought a 33-acre site there that included two buildings. InterGroup is operating from a 156,000-square-foot building on the property and is leasing the second building to a local firm, general manager Neil Gloger said in a recent interview.

Shredders, granulators and separating equipment already are operating in Jackson, a town of 5,000 about 45 miles south of Atlanta. Two repelletizers are to be installed there by the end of January, with another two headed there in the second quarter of the year.

Gloger added that the new site was needed to handle InterGroup's growing business in that part of the country. The firm already operates recycling plants in Euclid and in Springfield, Mo., as well as a warehouse in Cleveland. Three repelletizing lines that InterGroup acquired from a defunct Solo Cup Co. recycling plant were installed at the Euclid plant late last year.

Gloger sees InterGroup's goal as providing its suppliers with "landfill avoidance." He added that the firm is focused on giving back to the community, as well as making other acquisitions or expansions. In 2012, InterGroup became the first recycler accepted as a member of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, a nonprofit group based in Charlottesville, Va.

"We're looking for other recyclers to buy at a certain size," he said. "The recycling market is strong — it's a great place to be."

This strength is shown in InterGroup's sales totals, which climbed from $14.5 million in 2012 to $17.5 million last year — an increase of almost 21 percent. The firm's sales volume in pounds also grew more than 20 percent, Gloger said. Its sales mix also has changed from selling as much as 50 percent of its recycled resins into export markets in prior years to selling only 15 percent via that channel in 2013.

InterGroup's sales for 2014 are projected to grow almost 40 percent to $24 million. The firm does most of its business in polypropylene — sourcing scrap from industrial packaging, automotive and housewares. But it also does a sizable amount of work in polyethylene and PVC and a smaller amount in polystyrene and PET. Industrial packaging, can liners and totes provide PE scrap for InterGroup, while the firm's PVC scrap comes from windows, siding and fencing.

"Recycled material is great [for a processor] if you're in a space where you can make it work," Gloger said. "It can lower your everyday material cost."


Comments

InterGroup opens Georgia recycling site

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: January 23, 2014 1:58 pm ET
Updated: January 23, 2014 2:05 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Jaguar Land Rover to begin using MuCell across its product line

April 27, 2015 9:47 am ET

Another automaker has announced plans to use Trexel Inc.'s MuCell molding technology in future production.    More

Image

PolyOne launches Geon BIO PVC using soy-based materials

April 24, 2015 11:48 am ET

More than a decade of research is paying off for Battelle Memorial Institute in the form of Geon BIO PVC compounds from PolyOne Corp.    More

Image

California may require more recycled content in bottles

April 24, 2015 11:16 am ET

California lawmakers are considering a pair of bills that would bump up the required recycled content in plastic bottles for beverage companies to...    More

Image

KHS cuts packaging with direct printing on PET bottles, adhesive multi-packs

April 23, 2015 1:39 pm ET

KHS GmbH has been pouring a lot of time into solving issues related to direct printing on PET bottles, and after eight years of work, everyone...    More

Image

DuPont center in India gets LEED Certification

April 23, 2015 1:07 pm ET

DuPont Co.'s Knowledge Center in Hyderabad, India, was awarded LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.    More

Market Reports

North American Thermoformed Packaging Market Outlook & Review 2015

Our annual report provides a thorough review and analysis of economic and political conditions, emerging market trends, packaging design advances, materials pricing and sustainable packaging issues impacting supply and demand in the TP segment. Our analysts identify key drivers of growth and opportunities for processors to remain competitive in the years ahead through innovation, production efficiencies and more.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 15, 2015 - September 17, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events