DP Electronic Recycling, Elkhorn, Wis., has announced plans to expand with the addition of a second electronics recycling facility.
Dale Helgeson, CEO of DP Electronic, says the company is leaning toward establishing the facility in Fort Smith, Ark.; however, DP Electronic also has been working to site a facility at the Whitewater Technology Park in Whitewater, Wis.
If DP Electronic receives approval for the Whitewater site, the company says it will close its current Elkhorn facility and shift operations to this facility.
Regarding the second facility outside of Wisconsin, “We have come to terms with the facility in Arkansas,” Helgeson says.
He adds that the Arkansas facility is strategically located near a number of larger cities. “It is a great logistics area,” he says. Not only is the location close to a number of large urban centers, but the facility also is very close to a range of transportation options, which will help in shipping material to and from the facility,” Helgeson says.
He adds that the company is working on securing financing presently.
DP Electronic is looking at a facility that measures roughly 127,000 square feet and that will allow it to branch out from manual disassembly of obsolete electronics by adding a shredder as well as a process to recycle CRT (cathode ray tube) monitors. Helgeson says DP Electronic has a patent pending process that it will convert the CRTs into a flooring tile.
When fully operational, the new facility will offer a range of services, including end-of-life recycling, asset management and data destruction services.
Ultimately, the company, which has been in operation for three years and is Responsible Recycling Practices (R2) and e-Stewards certified, hopes to grow its operations to include seven facilities throughout the country, Helgeson says.
The company says it hopes to start construction on its second electronics recycling facility by this fall.