Hilliard, Ohio — Green Line Polymers, a subsidiary of Advanced Drainage Systems Inc., has been awarded a $200,000 state grant to boost its recycling capability.
Green Line will add 14 jobs at its Pandora, Ohio, plant, which is adding equipment that can recycle 4,000 pounds of plastics an hour.
Hilliard-based ADS is spending $768,000 on the project, including the grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The company will use the grant to support recycling for plastics drainage products and develop a market for the recycled material.
ADS uses high density polyethylene and other plastics to extrude corrugated pipe and related products at 60 manufacturing facilities. The company is the No. 3 pipe, profile and tubing extruder in North America according to Plastics News' latest ranking, with sales of $1.2 billion.
ADS recently installed the largest recycling machine ever built by Next Generation Recyclingmaschinen GmbH of Feldkirchen/Donau, Austria. NGR developed a one-step system with a shredder-feeder-extrusion configuration. The state grant is going toward a pelletizing line, ERF melt filter and a Maag screen changer, according to Ohio EPA.
The recycled material will be shipped to ADS manufacturing plants in Ohio, including Findlay, New Miami, Napoleon, Wooster and London, and make corrugated pipe and water management products, according to a local news report.
The grant covers a four-year period. During this time, Green Line expects to recycle a total of 6.27 million pounds of drainage pipe and boost its workforce with six full-time hires the first year and 14 by the final year.
Green Line Polymers also has facilities in Findlay, Ohio; Bakersfield, Calif., Cordele, Ga.; Waterloo, Iowa; Waverly, N.Y., Shippenville, Pa.; and Yoakum, Texas.