Springdale, Ark.-based Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Inc. is building a new recycling plant in Watts, Okla.
Expected to open in the first quarter of 2008, the plant will be able to recycle daily about 200,000 pounds of recycled material, about the same as AERT's recycling plant in Lowell, Ark., AERT's chief financial officer, Bob Thayer, said by telephone. The wood-plastic composite deck extruder also has a recycling site in Alexandria, La.
The new plant is designed ``to handle a different input material - a lower grade of recyclable polyethylene,'' Thayer said.
AERT, which collects relatively clean scrap at its other plants, will use the new plant to tap into the post-consumer waste stream.
``Our objective is to acquire lower-cost raw materials,'' he said.
The plant will employ 50-60.
AERT manufactures ChoiceDek composite decking for Tacoma, Wash.-based Weyerhaeuser Co. ChoiceDek is sold in Lowe's retail stores. In addition, AERT makes composite building products under its own brand, MoistureShield.
AERT also makes window and door components as well as exterior trim and fascia from wood-plastic composites. The company operates two extrusion plants in Springdale, and a third in Junction, Texas.
A relationship with Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. provides AERT with a steady stream of discarded packaging materials and used shopping bags. AERT uses virtually 100 percent recycled material - both PE and wood - in its products, using virgin resin only if not enough recycled materials are available to meet demand.
AERT is gearing up its fence production and is preparing for the commercial launch of its new LifeCycle fence profiles in 2008.
``We just didn't have capacity this year to get it out in the marketplace,'' Thayer said.