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Recleim picks S. Carolina for recycling facility

Keywords: Tags  appliance recycling, electronic waste recycling, Recleim, Ben Hirokawa, Nikki Haley, Lisa Gordon

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 Germany’s 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 this year.

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 production lines.

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 state’s business-friendly climate and skilled work force," South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said.

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