SPRINGDALE, ARK. - Three firms, including Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Inc., plan to start a high density polyethylene recycling plant by the end of the year. AERT entered a supply and technology sharing agreement with Lockport Thermoset Inc. and Security Environmental Resources Inc. on Nov. 1.
The new recycling plant will be housed in an existing, 18,000-square-foot Lockport structure in Lockport, La. It will have a capacity of 120,000 pounds per week, and will employ about 30.
Security Environmental is headquartered in New Orleans, Lockport is in Lockport, and AERT is based in Springdale. Lockport makes phenolic-based molded parts for the appliance and automotive industry. Security Environmental coordinates grocery bag recycling programs across the country. The companies formed the joint venture when Lockport recognized that moving into the recycling industry was a growth opportunity and sought Security Environmental's help.
The grocery bags will be supplied by Security Environmental and will be processed by Lockport using AERT's plastic reclamation technology. AERT, which is providing technology and some processing equipment, will buy the ground film for its Choicedek plastic lumber operations.
``We wanted to process the raw materials into usable and consistent quality material,'' said Security Environmental President Jerry Bonnet. ``We thought [Choicedek-brand] gave a much higher-value-added product. Before, the material was used in flowerpots and drainpipe.''
Bonnet said AERT invested less than $1 million in the new project.
In addition to this new venture, AERT will bring its second extrusion facility on line next year.
AERT's composite building materials are sold to door and window manufacturers, residential and commercial decking and the industrial flooring markets. The company also has plants in Junction, Texas, and Rogers, Ark.