Butler-MacDonald Inc., an Indianapolis-based recycler, has opened a new facility to recover plastic from commingled feed streams of metal and plastic.
The firm is leasing a 24,000-square-foot building in Indianapolis and plans to occupy an additional 20,000 square feet in four to six months. Butler moved equipment to the facility in mid-March and began production March 26. In about two months, it should employ 12-15.
``This facility will enable us to pursue niche markets in automotive, housewares and consumer products,'' Ray Pomerleau, Butler plastics director, said in a telephone interview.
Some applications include recovering black high-impact polystyrene from disposable cameras, reclaiming coat hangers and recycling auto parts like instrument and door panels. The firm receives parts from original equipment manufacturers.
``Our goal is to have closed-loop alliances with our major'' OEMs, Pomerleau added. ``Until that point, we will position the material into the highest-value market that we can achieve.''
The plant has shredding and granulating, aspiration and automated separation equipment. Within the next 12 months, it plans to add extrusion repelletizing equipment. It now offers repelletizing through toll agreements.
Also in Indianapolis, Butler operates a 65 million-pound-per-year facility under contract with Lucent Technologies to process telecommunications and electronic scrap. The 153,000-square-foot plant recovers parts that are about 85 percent metal and 15 percent plastic. It employs 35.