Terry Weaver, president and general manager of USA Gypsum, said during the April 17, 2015, ceremony, the new facility will help the company to keep more drywall out of landfill.
“We wish to thank our customers and employees, without whom the need for this new facility wouldn’t exist. We had tremendous support from the community, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Lancaster County, and West Cocalico Township during the planning process,” Weaver said, adding, “The new buildings and equipment will produce better quality products, more efficiently, and position USA Gypsum to divert even more drywall from area landfills.”
Weaver estimated the new location, which consists of four buildings on about 24 acres, is double the size of the company’s plant in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “We outgrew that facility,” Weaver said.
The drywall USA Gypsum accepts includes material from construction sites, industrial sources as well as scrap drywall generated from the construction and demolition (C&D) sector.
The $3 million facility includes a custom designed 22,000-square-foot drywall recycling plant project, including renovated buildings for packaging, storage and offices.
During the past 10 years, USA Gypsum has diverted more than 225,000 tons of drywall from area landfills, converting it to beneficial use by farmers in the form of gypsum fertilizer, soil conditioners and amendments, as well as gypsum animal bedding.