By Frank Lewis
November 13, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
Geo-Tech Polymers, the nation’s leading supplier of solutions that transform low-value plastics waste into high-quality products for financial and environmental benefit, is up and running at their plant in the former Masco facility in Waverly.
“We are a specialized washing process that can take paint, screen print, tape labels, off of plastic surfaces,” Geo-Tech General Manager Doug Gels said. “We have some ancillary business. We’re grinding parts into re-grind on the front end. We’re also repelletizing the material after we wash it. “
Gels said workers are griding a variety of plastic parts from food package containers to flower pots.
“We don’t wash the parts. We wash it after is it ground up,” Gels said. “There is a grinder which is rotating cinders. We put the parts in the top side. There’s a screen in the bottom, and it cuts the parts up until they are small enough to be strained in the bottom. After we wash it we turn it back into a pellet, then it usually goes right back to the people and they’ll make another flower pot or another food packaging container. We do a lot of car bumpers. It’s more of a turn key process, so it’s more of a service than it is a product.”
Another byproduct of the service is keeping waste out of landfills and pollution out of the air.
“Right now we have 22 people so far in Waverly,” Gels said.
Gels said the company’s original facility is in Westerville, Ohio and incentives played a large roll in deciding to locate a plant in Pike County.
“There were a lot of local and state government incentives because of large unemployment,” Gels said. “And, our parent company, which is Wastren Advantage is just a few miles down the road in Piketon.”
Wastren Advantage, Inc. is a Small Business Administration (SBA)-Certified 8(a) small disadvantaged business headquartered in Piketon, with more than 300 employees based in nine regionally distinct project offices throughout the United States, and $100 million in revenue in 2012. WAI provides waste management, environmental services, decontamination and decommissioning, and facility management and operations to commercial and federal clients.
This past year officials in Pike County became enthusiastic about the new uses for a 57-acre plant that closed nearly two years ago and took some 1,200 jobs. At its peak, it had employed 3,000 people. Two real estate development partners bought the former Mill’s Pride plant for $5 million from Masco Corp. Since then, Geo-Tech, Hadsell Chemical and Echo Environmental, have helped to soften the heavy fiscal blow the loss of jobs caused to the Pike County community.
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