Recycler adds unit, takes on new name
TAMPA, FLA. — Commercial Plastics Recycling Inc., founded last year, has added a division, Commercial Prime Resins, and together they have become CPR Inc.
The newly named company recycles a variety of post-industrial plastic, including PET, polycarbonate, acrylic and polybutylene terephthalate, at its 15,000-square-foot plant in Tampa.
President Ben Benvenuti said CPR brings in plastic, separates it by color and other properties and accumulates it until it has a truckload to sell.
MTAE joint venture recycling durables
BRADLEY, ILL. — MTAE Corp. of Bloomington, Ill., received a $400,000 loan for equipment to recycle durable plastic products.
The equipment is housed in a $1.8 million joint venture facility in Bradley, which currently has one extruder. The new company plans to expand if it meets projected goals, according to an MTAE spokesman.
The venture has the capacity to process 180,000 pounds per day, the spokesman said.
MTAE is the parent company of Bradley-based Means to an End Corp., which will supply plastic materials to the venture, called I-Rock Bradley LLC.
MTAE's partner in the project is Innovative Recycling Corp. of Albuquerque.
Innovative Recycling will provide the Bradley facility with proprietary technology to recycle plastics such as phone casings. I-Rock Bradley will make products including pallets and landscaping bricks out of plastics and other waste materials.
MTAE said the new Bradley operation will create 53 jobs.
The loan was provided by Kankakee County in Illinois.
Long Recycling plant destroyed by blaze
ROSSVILLE, GA. — An electrical spark was blamed for an early- morning fire June 23 at Long Recycling Inc. in Rossville.
About 60 firefighters battled the blaze between 2 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Although no one was injured, residents within a quarter-mile radius were evacuated for about an hour because of harmful fumes.
Long Recycling handles bales and loose low density polyethylene, manually removing paper contamination and rebaling the material for sale to processors. About 100,000 pounds of LDPE burned in the 12,000-square-foot building and the seven 45-foot trailers parked nearby. The building was destroyed.
``With building and materials, the damage is about $150,000-$200,000,'' said Ike Long, co-owner of Long Recycling.