CHICAGO — Nicos Polymers & Grinding Inc. plans to spend $800,000 to expand one of its Easton, Pa., facilities to recycle garden hoses and begin a push to dramatically improve its ability to recycle carpets. The company plans a 20,000-square-foot expansion to an existing 25,000-square-foot factory, according to President James Knicos. The company's other facility, which encompasses 60,000 square feet, is in Easton.
The company's separation business is likely to grow more than its grinding business in the future, including taking the backing off carpeting and separating it from the fibers so they can be recycled, he said.
``Separation is the dramatic growth,'' Knicos said. ``It's a big market.''
Nicos plans to target the recycling of reinforced hoses and the reinforced fabric market such as roofing materials, he said.
Carpet recycling has had limited success because it is capital- intensive, but one carpet company has started telling customers it will take back the carpet to recycle, Knicos said. Other competitors are worried they will lose market share and several have stopped by Nicos' booth at NPE (Booth N4385) to talk about working with the company, he said.
Nicos plans to fund its own research on carpet recycling internally, rather than partner with a carpet firm, he said.
The firm will buy another Cumberland granulator and several pieces of separation equipment for the expansion, and just bought its 10th such machine in its two plants, Knicos said.
The firm has $5 million in annual sales and processes about 5 million pounds of rigid and flexible PVC a month, he said. The material goes into products such as pipes and swimming pools.