Recycler Butler-MacDonald Inc. spent $1 million to move into a new facility and double its reprocessing capacity.
The Indianapolis firm moved into the leased factory, allowing it to upgrade capabilities and handle 30 million pounds of material a year on two production lines, said Scott Johnson, president and chief executive officer. Butler-MacDonald made the announcement Nov. 8.
The company, which has been making the transition from metals to plastics, moved to the 80,000-square-foot factory because it was too difficult to keep revamping its metals-oriented facility, which also was in Indianapolis, he said. Butler-MacDonald downsized its previous plant to 80,000 square feet two years ago when the economy turned sour, but hit its limit on the ability to retrofit equipment, Johnson said.
``What we found in the old facility, just due to inefficiencies, we had a 15 [million-] to 20 million-pound capacity,'' Johnson said. ``We knew we had to be able to run more material through.''
The workforce is staying the same, at about 35, he said.
The investment gives the firm beefed-up capabilities to put products through multiple granulators or multiple runs through color-separation equipment, he said.
The new plant is more efficient in design, cutting both maintenance expenses and time needed for materials and employees to move about the plant, he said.
The company recycles plastics from a range of end products, with much of its work coming from custom orders, and often in batches smaller than a truckload, he said. Johnson said the company wants to boost its recycling presence in construction, pharmaceutical, and electronics products.