EUCLID, OHIO (May 10, 2:30 p.m. ET) — Plastics scrap recycler InterGroup International Ltd. is riding a wave of growth that began late last year and is continuing on into 2012.
On May 8, InterGroup opened a 165,000-square-foot distribution center in
The new location will coordinate pre-sorting and accumulation of scrap collection from
The new site is needed because of increasing demand for repelletized and reground plastic scrap, he added. It's the most recent of several growth moves for InterGroup in the last nine months. Those moves include:
• Opening a 30,000 square-foot recycling plant in
• Installing those three lines at the
• Plans to add a recycling plant in the
“There's plenty of demand for recycled material,” he added. “We're gaining market share.”
InterGroup posted sales of $14.5 million in 2011, almost double its total from the prior year. Sales for 2012 are on track to be more than $20 million.
Along with InterGroup's physical expansions, Gloger said he's just as proud of the firm becoming the first recycler accepted as a member of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. SPC is a nonprofit group based in Charlottesville, Va., whose members include several large plastics processors, materials firms and consumer products companies. SPC “is dedicated to a more robust environmental vision for packaging,” according to the group's web site.
InterGroup recently partnered with fellow SPC member Coating Excellence International on a video in which a cartoonist draws a sustainable packaging process flow chart. The video – which speeds up the artist drawing with markers on a whiteboard – beat out 12 other entries to win SPC's Best Video contest.
InterGroup's recent growth is taking place less than five years after an electrical fire burned down the firm's original location in Warren, Ohio, destroying almost all of the firm's inventory of millions of pounds of plastic scrap. Shortly afterward, the economic recession hit, causing InterGroup to reduce its work force to three sales reps and a single manufacturing employee.
The perseverance shown by Gloger and his employees paid off, however, allowing InterGroup to start doing business in Euclid in mid-2010. Today, the firm handles large amounts of polyethylene and polypropylene scrap, as well as some scrap from nylon and other engineering resins. Services offered by InterGroup include shredding, granulating and repelletizing.