Atlanta-based recycling company Recleim celebrated the grand opening of a new Recleim appliance demanufacturing plant in Lima, Ohio. Once it is fully operational, the new facility will employ 150 people.
Recleim, a recycling and resource recovery business for household and commercial appliances, opened the facility in a former Otis Wright warehouse.
“We are pleased to be part of the community,” Recleim President Doug Huffer said in a statement when announcing the plant’s construction. “This isn’t about Recleim today, it’s about all the work that teams up here have done to get us to where we are today. We’re very fortunate to be here today.”
The company invested $15 million in machinery and equipment for the 94,000-sq.-ft. facility.
According to the Lima News, the factory is the culmination of more than a year of work and partnerships between Recleim, JobsOhio, Allen County Economic Development Group and American Electric Power-Ohio and other Ohio utility companies.
Recleim’s proprietary recycling processes allow the company to recover approximately 95 percent of commodity components in the end-of-life appliances it recycles, while disposing of hazardous chemicals and minimizing waste, according to company officials.
“We call ourselves a de-manufacturer, not a recycler,” Recleim CEO Steve Bush said in a statement. “We do that because we truly believe that our processes and our equipment we utilize allow us to recover more resources than traditional recycling processes.”
Recleim’s primary customers include appliance manufacturers, big box retailers and utility services.
Last month, Recleim entered into an asset purchase agreement with ARCA Advanced Processing for the purchase of an appliance recycling facility in Philadelphia.