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Ohio recycler wins grant to expand operations

By: Jim Johnson

July 14, 2014

Geo-Tech Polymers Inc. is using a $34,000 grant to help expand operations at the company’s plastics recycling facility in Waverly, Ohio.

Geo-Tech, based in Westerville, Ohio, opened the Waverly facility south of Columbus in 2013. The company is known for its process to remove coatings from post-industrial and post-consumer plastics through a water-based technique, the company said.

Several types of plastics are recycled and repelletized in Waverly.

The company is receiving the grant from Fluor-B&W Portsmouth LLC, which is the contractor for the decontamination and decommission of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio. That 3,714-acre site includes 415 facilities and structures that supported uranium enrichment operations at the plant for more than 50 years.

Part of Fluor-B&W’s mission, it said, is to help improve the economy of southern Ohio by reinvesting in emerging businesses in local communities.

Fluor Corp. and Babcock & Wilcox Co. created Fluor-B&W Portsmouth to handle the decontamination and decommissioning in Piketon.

Geo-Tech plans to use the grant money to expand its current 50,000-square-foot facility in Waverly and increase the amount of plastic being recycled.

Geo-Tech uses detergents to remove coatings such as screen printing and labels from plastic substrate materials, the company said.

Wastren Advantage Inc. owns Geo-Tech.