Midwest Exchange Selects NRT for Expansion

Plastics recycler chooses equipment from NRT to purify plastic scrap to meet FDA food-grade level for bottle-to-bottle production.

December 17, 2012
Recycling Today Staff
Midwest Exchange Enterprises Inc., based in Gurnee, Ill., has chosen Nashville, Tenn.-based National Recovery Technologies (NRT) to manufacture and install five optical sorting units to enhance the company’s PET (polyethelene terephthalate) recycling plant in Gurnee. (To read about Midwest Exchange Enterprises’ project, click here.)
According to the company, the plastic scrap facility will provide clients a cost-effective alternative to using virgin resin. “Our goal is to eliminate our country’s dependency upon foreign virgin PET resin by manufacturing locally to produce recycled resin recycled PET from local sources of PET plastic,” says Alex Casillas, president and founder of Midwest Exchange Enterprises. 
When the equipment is installed, the company says it will double PET production at the plant, increasing PET capacity to 9,000 pounds per hour. The five NRT units: a SpydIR Reflective, a SpydIR-T, a ColorPlus, a SpydIR-T PET and a MetalDirector also will create a cleaner end-product. PVC and other contaminates will be extracted, resulting in a recycled PET product that is clean enough to be classified as food-grade by the FDA that can be used to create food and beverage containers. 
In choosing NRT, Sargon Azzo, Midwest Exchange Enterprises director of sales, says, “Going through the process of selecting a manufacturer, we quickly learned that the perception is that the Europeans have the highest quality equipment. Upon further evaluation we came across NRT, and realized that they have a clear advantage when it comes to PET bottle sorting. Their equipment is the best, and it was a breath of fresh air to be able to buy from an American company. From top-to-bottom, the NRT organization is extremely knowledgeable and displays integrity throughout the company.”
NRT provides automated industrial inspection systems, materials handling and process control, particularly in processing of materials for recycling.