GRAHAM, N.C. — New Life Plastics Recycling Inc., a toll shredding and grinding company, started operations Sept. 1.
``I recognized a need for grinding,'' President Susan Newman said in a telephone interview. ``I decided I was ready to give this a try on my own rather than work for someone else who did grinding. I've been in the industry for 13 years.''
Newman and her partner, Rory Church, vice president of New Life, invested about $100,000 in the Graham-based company. The firm now is running at full capacity.
The company employs four and runs a shredder and a grinder. The grinder is a Cumberland from Brown Machine and the shredder, which could ``eat a Volkswagen in one fell swoop,'' according to Newman, came from ReTech.
Currently, the company is running at 2,500 pounds per hour and has a capacity of 4,000-5,000 pounds per hour.
The company rents more than 10,000 square feet and has the ability to triple its size if needed.