Green Fence Recycling Corp. to open in South Carolina

Startup firm Green Fence Recycling Corp. is establishing operations in Marion County, South Carolina, according to a news release from the South Carolina Department of Commerce. The company is investing $2.5 million in the facility and creating 40 new jobs in Mullins, South Carolina, over the next five years.

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Established in 2014, Green Fence Recycling offers sorting, shredding and cleaning services for the plastics recycling industry. As the company’s headquarters, the Marion County facility will serve the American and Chinese markets, focusing on processing mixed rigid plastics and polypropylene (PP), as well as on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fines washing.

The 65,000-square-foot facility in Mullins is expected to be fully operational in February 2016, according to the South Carolina Department of Commerce. Once hiring begins, interested applicants who want to join Green Fence Recycling may visit the SC Works website, https://jobs.scworks.org/vosnet/default.aspx, to apply.

Green Fence Recycling General Manager John Parker says, “Green Fence Recycling is looking toward the future in Marion County and thankful for the assistance that the county and the state of South Carolina have provided. We recognize that our success depends on our employees, and we are confident we made the right decision in moving to Marion County.”

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits and a $100,000 grant to Marion County to assist with the costs of real property improvements.

Petoskey Plastics to expand its Indiana plant

Petoskey Plastics has announced it will expand its Hartford City, Indiana, plant in response to what it calls growth in its recycling services and product lines. The latest expansion includes a $5.4 million investment in building improvements and additional equipment, assisted by a 10-year tax abatement approved by the Hartford City Council.

The expansion involves refurbishing vacant buildings on the plant property to add one extrusion line and space for storage and sorting capacity for postconsumer materials diverted to Petoskey’s recycling operation. Petoskey says it also will make improvements to existing lines that manufacture products using postconsumer recycled resin. The company buys and reprocesses pallet wrap, stretch films and plastic shopping bags.

Petoskey Plastics President Paul Keiswetter says, “One of the things that weighed on our decision to purchase the Hartford City facility in 2007 was the potential for ongoing expansion. Now, with higher volumes of postconsumer plastic flowing from major national retailers and other sources, that decision is paying off.”

This is the third major expansion at the Hartford City facility since Petoskey began operations there in 2008. The company recycles approximately 10,000 tons of postconsumer plastic annually, converting the material into GreenPE resin used in the production of plastic film and bag products, some of which contain up to 70 percent recycled plastic.

Headquartered in Petoskey, Michigan, Petoskey Plastics provides products and services to the automotive, industrial, institutional, retail, construction and home improvement industries. Petoskey Plastics has facilities in Michigan, Indiana and Tennessee.