Butler-MacDonald installs sorting line
INDIANAPOLIS — Butler-MacDonald Inc. recently got a boost in capabilities when the Indianapolis-based recycler added a color sorting line.
The $200,000 line, installed in September, allows Butler-MacDonald to sort all forms of plastic optically.
Plastics director Ray Pomerleau said the new line ``adds another dimension to our processes ... and will definitely boost [annual] sales by several million dollars.''
He said the color sorting process complements the company's existing processes, which include density separation, granulation, extrusion and melt filtering, aspiration and size reduction.
The new equipment allows Butler-MacDonald to handle extruded integrated circuit tubes — 21/2-foot, clear PVC tubes in which computer chips are packaged. Pomerleau said the company now reprocesses 4 million pounds of clear rigid PVC a year.
Another recycling arena the company has entered is rigid white window profiles. With the new line, the company can sort out the browns and return the whites to be used in new window profiles. Pomerleau expects the company to recycle more than 2 million pounds of white PVC this year.
Pomerleau said Butler-MacDonald may add electrostatic separation equipment, which can sort polymers by density and color.
Until May 1998, Butler-MacDonald had an exclusive contract with AT&T Corp. and Lucent Technologies Inc. The company then decided to move away from electronics scrap, and now serves other original equipment manufacturers.
In the first quarter of this year, Butler-MacDonald signed agreements with Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc. for processing disposable cameras, and Microsoft Corp. for hardware returns.
Butler-MacDonald operates out of a 153,000-square-foot facility and employs 25. The company reported 1998 sales of $6 million and recycling volume of 26 million pounds.
Plastics Group adds two extruders in Ga.
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — The Plastics Group of America, a Woonsocket-based compounder, has added two new extrusion lines at its Blairsville, Ga., plant.
PGA now operates four lines in Blairsville, where it reprocesses low density polyethylene scrap on a toll basis.
The reprocessed materials are used in products ranging from trash bags to lawn and garden products, according to Mike Rosenthal, PGA executive vice president.
In Woonsocket, PGA produces custom grades of mineral- and glass-filled polypropylene for automotive, audio, medical, plumbing and filtration uses. The company, which posted sales of $12 million to $15 million in 1998, also produces glass-filled ABS, polycarbonate and nylon.
PGA employs 35 in Woonsocket and an additional 35 in Blairsville.