NEW YORK — A.B. Williams & Co. Inc., doing business as ABW Plastics, is installing its first extruder to reprocess scrap plastic.
The New York-based recycler formerly had other firms reprocess scrap for it to sell. Vice President Frank Grazzi said his firm is bringing the work in-house for better quality control and consistency.
ABW is spending about $1.5 million on new machinery and a second plant, in West Babylon, N.Y. It already has installed four grinders in Brooklyn and by summer will begin running a 41/2-inch Sterling extruder capable of handling 1,000 pounds per hour. Grazzi said the new extruder will make pre-colored polyolefins and polystyrene for contracted customers. ABW also has placed orders for two high-speed balers.
``When resin prices are as low as they are today, there is no room for inferior material,'' ABW said in a news release. ``ABW realizes this and acted upon its customers' demands.''
ABW primarily recycles post-industrial high density polyethylene and PET, but also handles polypropylene, PS, and at its Kearny, N.J., plant, it recycles some vinyl.