AKRON, OHIO - Exchange Plastics Inc. of Akron is opening a facility in Anderson, Ind., to provide regrinding and recycling services to Delphi Interior & Lighting Systems' Anderson Operations. Exchange is hiring 40 new employees to operate three grinders in a leased, 65,000-square-foot building in Anderson, according to Kevin Copeland, vice president for American Plastics, a unit of Exchange Plastics.
They will grind 75,000-80,000 pounds of industrial scrap a day. When it opens July 1, the facility will be Exchange Plastics' second regrinding operation, Copeland said.
The business will be operated as Exchange Grinding of Indiana Inc. Jeff Claybaugh has been named plant manager.
Copeland said his company has received a contract from General Motors Corp. to recycle 14 million pounds of scrap polycarbonate, acrylic and ABS resins a year generated by Delphi Anderson Operations, one of the largest injection molding facilities in the world.
Delphi is GM's automotive parts-making subsidiary.
Exchange will sell the regrind to compounders and other processors in North America, and Copeland said he expects some of the regrind to be exported.
The company expects acrylic regrind to be used in diffusion panels for lighting fixtures, ABS in pipe applications and PC in appliance, cosmetic containers and automotive aftermarket applications, Copeland said.
Polyphalt licenses asphalt processes
TORONTO - Polyphalt Inc., a developer of processes for using scrap plastic in asphalt and cement paving applications, expects to negotiate at least four new licenses this year.
Bruce Harbinson, president of the Toronto firm that develops and tests high-performance modified asphalt applications, said the company has upgraded its administration and research and development facilities in a new, 5,000-square-foot laboratory in Toron-to, and will be working with its two U.S. licensees this year in support of paving projects. The company has licensed its processes to joint venture construction firms in Missouri and California.
Harbinson would not comment on who the new license partners might be, noting only that they might be both in North America and international.
Polyphalt's processes allow scrap plastics to be mixed with asphalt to produce more resilient, water-resistant and economical paving products.
Drum reconditioner has regrind pellets
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. - A company that has specialized in reconditioning and reusing plastic industrial drums now offers a line of recycled high density polyethylene pellets.
Patty DuFour, sales representative for Recycle Inc., said the company recently began repelletizing HDPE from drums it destroys, and is selling the pellets to container makers to make into drums.
To accommodate the repelletizing process, the company has moved from its former 22,000-square-foot facility, into an 80,000-square-foot plant in South Plainfield.
``We are also using a new, state-of-the-art, cryogenic cleaning system,'' DuFour said, ``which can capture any viscous residues in the drums and enable us to remove it.''
The system allows the company to accept drums it formerly would have had to clean by burning, or washing with solvents.
Recycle Inc. specializes in collecting, cleaning, recertification and reconditioning of all sizes of drums.
``We handle everything from 5-gallon to 330-gallon containers,'' DuFour said. ``The closed-loop system is very important to companies that use drums and intermediate bulk containers in their manufacturing.''
The firm provides shipping trailers to be loaded with emptied drums at each client's factory, then brings the drums to facilities in South Plainfield or DeQuincy, La., where they are cleaned and reconditioned in line with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
The drums then are returned to the customer - never sold to a third party.
PET recycler merges with flooring retailer
Image Industries Inc., a carpet manufacturer and PET recycler, will become a subsidiary of Maxim Group Inc. as part of a deal announced May 31.
Image Industries produces post-consumer PET flake and pellets, as well as residential carpet and polyester fiber.
Maxim Group, headquartered in Kennesaw, Ga., is a retailer of floor covering with about 700 retail locations and 75 company-owned stores.
The transaction will be a one-for-one exchange of the common stock of Maxim for the issued and outstanding common stock of Image.
The merger values Image at $90.7 million.
Armuchee, Ga.-based Image is one of the largest recyclers of PET in North America.
The company reprocesses more than 100 million pounds per year.
The recycled product is used in Image's carpet manufacturing operation and resold into other markets, including to blow molders, sheet extruders and other plastics processors.
Diverting fibers from landfills topic of talk
ATLANTA - At least 18 academic papers on recycling of textile fibers and carpet waste are expected in a major conference on the subject June 12-13 at Red Top Mountain Conference Center in Cartersville, Ga.
The conference is sponsored by Georgia Institute of Technology and the Consortium on Competitiveness for the Apparel, Carpet and Textile Industries.
Speakers will include Youjiang Wang, associate professor of the Georgia Tech school of textile and fiber engineering. Wang, one of the organizers of the first-ever event for Georgia Tech, will speak on ``Carpet Waste Fibers for Concrete and Soil Reinforce-ment.''
``We originally planned for 60 people and now have 115 and a waiting list,'' as of May 30, Wang said.
Wang noted the focus of the conference is diverting carpet and textiles from landfills. About 8 billion pounds of textiles, half of it carpet waste, is put in landfills annually, he said.
Firms including Monsanto Co., BASF Corp. and DuPont Co. will outline methods of recycling carpet, with emphasis on mechanical and chemical processes.Proc-esses will focus on nylon 6/6, polyester and polypropylene carpeting.
For more information, contact Wang at tel. (404) 894-7551 or e-mail [email protected]