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Recleim Invests $40.6 Million To Establish First Facility in Aiken County, South Carolina

Area Development Online News Desk (02/20/2013)
Recleim, a start-up recycler of appliances and e-waste materials, will invest $40.6 million to establish its first recycling plant in Aiken County, South Carolina, where it is expected to generate 200 new jobs.

“We are pleased to move forward with plans to open our new facility in Aiken County. This is a big step for our company. South Carolina provides us with an excellent business environment and the skilled workforce we need for our operations. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Ben Hirokawa, Recleim Chief Executive Officer.

“Responsibly recycling just one refrigerator or freezer can prevent up to 10 tons of CO2 and CO2 equivalent from entering the atmosphere. That’s equivalent to taking two cars off the road for a year,” Hirokawa noted.

Recleim is establishing its first recycling facility in the former Hickman Mill plant at 118 Hard Street in Graniteville. The company specializes in resource recovery from appliances, white goods and electronic waste, and in environmentally-sound disposal of hazardous components. The company is in the process of updating the 110,000-square-foot building to accommodate three production lines.

The Aiken facility will employ state-of-the-art, proprietary technology that safely contains the harmful substances found in discarded appliances, while reducing the typical landfill waste from these appliances by 95 percent. The new facility is expected to be one of the most efficient and environmentally-sound facilities of its kind in North America, according to company officials.

“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 workforce. It shows that companies see our state as a place where they will find success. We celebrate Recleim’s decision to invest $40.6 million and create 200 new jobs in Graniteville,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

“Our state’s recycling industry continues to grow and thrive thanks to announcements like this one from Recleim. While I often say we know how to make things, it’s also true that we know how to remake things. The company’s decision to locate in Aiken County will bring new jobs to Graniteville and the surrounding area, and help those communities remain sustainable,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.
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