A recycling company called Greenwood Global said Tuesday it plans to build a manufacturing plant in Tuskegee, Ala., employing nearly 200 and expanding quickly to other states.
Warren Crawley, chief executive officer of Greenwood Global, said his company is being based in Tuskegee, but will have several recycling partner firms as part of the venture as it ramps up.
“All of the companies are coming from different places, but we are forming a hub in Alabama,” he said. “What we’re basically doing is taking recyclable materials from homes and businesses and, instead of sending it to the landfill, we’ll turn it into different products.”
Other firms involved in the startup include community development firm APD Solutions from Atlanta and Earth Friendly Building Material, a company out of Tempe, Ariz. Crawley said his own company, Green Grease of Atlanta, is part of the mix.
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The basic plan is to launch recycling programs in cities and rural areas that may not have them, or that may not be very successful with traditional drop-off points, Crawley said, The effort will include picking up waste, including used cooking oil, at homes and businesses and recycling it at the Tuskegee plant.
The recycled cooking oil will be used to fuel the company’s trucks, while the waste and debris will be transformed into various building products, the company said. Constructing homes and public buildings with the materials is one of goals.
“There are opportunities to bring more green jobs into communities and we can encourage more people to do recycling,” Crawley said. “Those commodities do not have to leave that community. They can stay right there in that community because they are not hazardous materials. They’re materials that can be used for other products.”
The company said it expects to break ground on the new plant within 30 days. It is to be constructed inside 200-acre Tuskegee Commerce Park. Crawley said Greenwood Global plans to build other plants in Atlanta and in Memphis, Tenn., with others planned elsewhere as expansion occurs.
Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford confirmed his staff has been working with the recycling company planners for a couple of years, as well as talking with the Alabama Department of Community and Economic Development about the effort.
“So it is a concept that we are very pleased to hear they are pursuing because the environment and green power is the way of the future,” said Ford, who stressed the information released Tuesday was from the company and not his city. Any figures related to the job creation are the projections of Greenwood Global and not those of his staff, he said.
“Let me just say, though, as mayor of the city, I certainly welcome it and they do have the potential of creating a number of jobs because the concept that they are talking about of taking trash, debris and garbage and converting it into useful construction products is something that is being done elsewhere in the country, and certainly something that we favor and support,” he said.
Ford said the city has offered the company land in Tuskegee Commerce Park, which is on Notasulga Highway across from Moton Field. He understands two to four acres is needed for the plant. Another manufacturer that makes plastic molds is the sole tenant in the park at this time, he said.
Greenwood Global said it will begin interviewing this week for the jobs it is trying to fill in Tuskegee. Those interested should come to the Tuskegee Municipal Complex (101 Fonville St.) between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday and again on March 6.
The company said it needs 45 call center staffers, 100 sales representatives and 20 upper-level managers. Drivers, warehouse technicians and energy auditors also will be needed, it said, the latter employees tasked with contacting area residents and businesses to let them know about the recycling program.
Call center personnel will earn $10 per hour plus commission, the company said, “with opportunities to earn upwards of six figures.” Drivers and warehouse technicians will start out at $15 per hour.
Those interested in the jobs can submit a resume via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, putting “Green Job” in the subject line. Resumes may also be faxed to 888-600-6548. For more information, call 888-635-0263.
Crawley said the glass and plastic manufacturing capabilities of the Tuskegee plant will be expanded later this year.
“We definitely will bring in more recycling opportunities to communities and businesses that do not do any recycling,” he said.