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Swiss-Based Glencore-ZEB Plan Moncks Corner, South Carolina, Aluminum Recycling Plant

ZEB Metals, as part of a newly established joint venture with Glencore, plans to establish operations in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. The project is expected to create 28 jobs in Berkeley County.

The new facility, located near Highway 52, will process dross and other types of secondary aluminum scrap that would otherwise be destined for a landfill. The joint venture will allow for the development of a new line of recycled products to support the companies’ regional customer base. Operations are scheduled for late 2023.

“ZEB Metals is very excited about relocating our company to the Lowcountry and cannot wait to be a part of the community. South Carolina brings a unique opportunity in the recycling space with local businesses and government support. We’d like to thank everyone at Berkeley County for all their help in making this project come to life,” ZEB Metals President and CEO Cole Lanham said.

As an incentive, the Coordinating Council for Economic Development awarded a $75,000 Set-Aside grant to Berkeley County to assist with site preparation and building construction.

“This announcement is further proof that South Carolina has the necessary tools to support recycling companies across the state. We welcome ZEB Metals and look forward to seeing how their investment in Berkeley County will create opportunities for South Carolinians,” Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III noted.

Founded in 2021, ZEB Metals is a buyer and trader of non-ferrous scrap, as well as a recycler of metals other than iron and steel. The company processes metals through shredding, melting, screening and sorting materials while providing full-service metal recycling including industrial clean-up and off-site demolition.

“Glencore and ZEB Metals are welcome additions to Berkeley County’s aluminum production sector. They are also part of the growing industrial recycling effort in our state, which better secures our supply of critical materials and provides energy savings compared to the manufacturing of raw materials,” Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board Chairman and President and Chief Executive Officer of Berkeley Electric Cooperative Mike Fuller advised.

Swiss-based Glencore is a commodities trader and one of the world’s largest diversified natural resource companies.

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