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 dramatic push to improve its ability to recycle carpets.
The company plans a 20,000-square-foot expansion to an existing 25,000-square-foot factory, President James Knicos said in an interview at NPE in Chicago. Nicos 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, as well as reinforced fabrics, 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 it, Knicos said. Other competitors are worried they will lose market share and several stopped by Nicos' NPE booth to talk about working with his company, the executive said.
However, Nicos plans to fund its own research on carpet recycling internally, rather than partner with a carpet firm, he said.
The company will buy another Cumberland granulator and several pieces of separation equipment for the expansion, Knicos said.
The firm has $5 million in annual sales and reprocesses about 5 million pounds of rigid and flexible PVC a month for plastic products including pipe and swimming pools, he said.