A new PET recycling company, to be called Polymer Reprocessing Technology Center LLC, is in the planning stages and expected to be operational by year's end.
``Basically we're using PET in our operations, and we would like to develop a source of recycled PET for our use and to sell on the market,'' said Andy Inniger, operations director at Moving Expressions Inc., an injection molder and blow molder in Ottawa.
The recycler will lease space in the same building as Moving Expressions, Inniger said in a March 23 telephone interview. He will run operations at both companies.
At the same time, PRTC has asked the Putnam County Commissioners for a $250,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Recycling and Litter Prevention. If the application is approved, the firm will have to invest the same amount as the grant. The money would help start up the operation, Inniger said. But, he added, the plan would move forward even without the grant.
He said the new firm is in the formative stages, looking at equipment and seeking out suppliers of post-consumer scrap to fuel the operation. Inniger said the recycling outfit could employ as many as 14 by the end of the year. Moving Expressions also is considering a sorting center to complement the recycling.
Moving Expressions started in 2003 as an injection molder of a Lexan license plate cover for fundraisers; that's where the company name comes from, he said.
The company currently occupies 15,000 square feet of space and has diversified into injection molding PET preforms and blow molding the bottles. It is situated in a 300,000-square-foot complex that is basically a warehouse and distribution center, with plenty of room to expand, Inniger said.