PITTSBURGH Recleim LLC
has selected a South Carolina site to build its flagship
appliance and electronic waste recycling facility.
The Atlanta-based company
intends to invest $40.6 million at the former Hickman Mill
Plant textile facility in Graniteville.
"We are pleased to move forward
with plans to open our new facility in Aiken County. This is a
big step for our company," chief executive officer Ben Hirokawa
said in a statement.
As many as 200 new jobs will
eventually be created at the plant, which will decommission and
recycle white goods and electronic waste using equipment
produced by Germanys Adelmann Umwelt GmbH. The company
expects to begin operations in the summer of 2014 and will
begin hiring production workers during the fourth quarter of
Recleim will initially hire 50
to 100 workers and will focus exclusively on appliance
recycling, Kirohawa told AMM. It will expand to
electronic waste after the appliance division is built up. The
metal will be sold directly to mills, he added.
The company selected the site
because it has an industrial background, a good labor pool and
a technical college that can be used to tap talent.
Kirohawa has no prior experience
in the metals realm and comes from the plastics industry.
"I was introduced to concept by
accident and became interested in the technology we are going
to be installing, as well as the metal recycling market in
general," he said.
The company is updating the
110,000-square-foot building, which will include three
Recleim plans to partner with
original equipment manufacturers and retailers to offer
end-of-life programs for its customer base.
"When a company decides to
locate its first plant here in South Carolina, it says a lot
about the strength of our states business-friendly
climate and skilled work force," South Carolina Gov. Nikki