New facility to bring 200 jobs to Graniteville

  • Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 10:07 a.m.
    UPDATED: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 11:24 p.m.

Recleim, a start-up recycler of appliances and e-waste materials, will establish its first recycling plant in Graniteville that is expected to generate 200 new jobs.

Gov. Nikki Haley, along with company and county officials, made the announcement in Columbia this morning.

The company has committed to a $40.6 million investment in Aiken County.

Ben Hirokawa, CEO of Recleim, said, “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.

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.

Today’s announcement is a milestone for Graniteville, said Ronnie Young, chairman of the Aiken County Council. “Since 2006, we have been working to attract jobs back into this area,” Young said. “We are very appreciative of this $40 million investment and 200 new jobs by Recleim and we are looking forward to partnering with them.”

“This is exciting news we hearing about today,” said Gary Stooksbury, chairman of the Board of The Economic Development Partnership. “Recleim investing $40 million and creating 200 new jobs in Graniteville is very much appreciated.”

Gov. Nikki Haley said, “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.”

Recleim’s 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.

The company is currently hiring for the plant management team, and will begin hiring production line workers later this year. Anyone interested in job opportunities with Recleim should visit the company’s careers web page at www.recleim.com/career/.

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