Appliance Recycling Plant on Track in South Carolina

More than $40 million is being invested in plant in Graniteville, S.C.

February 25, 2013
Recycling Today Staff

Recleim,, a startup recycling firm, has announced plans to open an appliance and electronics recycling facility in Aiken County, S.C. During an announcement at the RecylonomicsSC event in South Carolina, the company said it would commit $40.6 million to building the facility. When fully operational the company says it expects to employ 200 people at the plant.

The company will focus resource recovery from appliances, white goods and electronic scrap, specializing in refrigerators, freezers and cooling units. Recleim is currently updating a 110,000-square-foot building to accommodate three de-manufacturing and production lines. When fully operational the company says it will be able to process between 400,000-600,000 units per year.

In addition to de-manufacturing appliances at the Graniteville facility, Recleim will be adding the capability to safely and responsibly recycle electronic scrap such as computers, printers and accessories.

“We are pleased to move forward with plans to open our new facility in Aiken County,” says Ben Hirokawa, CEO of Recleim. “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.”

Hirokawa says the company has been working with the Germany equipment company Adelmann Umwelt Gmbh for the equipment and system that will be installed and operated at the site.

“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,” says South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. “It shows that companies see our state as a place where they will find success. We celebrate Recleim’s decision to invest $40.6 million and create 200 new jobs in Graniteville.”

A video posted here by Gov. Haley’s office includes Hirokawa’s announcement and an overview of the impact of the recycling industry in South Carolina.

“Our state’s recycling industry continues to grow and thrive thanks to announcements like this one from Recleim,” says Bobby Witt, South Carolina’s Secretary of Commerce. “While I often say we know how to make things, it’s also true that we know how to remake things. The company’s decision to locate in Aiken County will bring new jobs to Graniteville and the surrounding area, and help those communities remain sustainable.”

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