Just weeks after announcing its first sales into Latin America for its plastics recyclate-based rail ties, Axion Intl. now has announced it will be working with Coll Materials to take advantage of that company's capacity at its facility in Waco, TX. Coll, a post-industrial and post-consumer plastics recycling company, will handle some contract manufacturing for Axion. The Waco site is a new one for Coll and is to be up-and-running by year's end.
In related news, Coll late last month announced it would start a new plastics recycling facility in Lehigh County, PA, where it planned to invest about $4 million and eventually hire 75. The company late last year acquired Nicos Polymers and its recycling facility in Nazareth, PA, but that burned down early this month. Coll is headquartered in Zanesville, Ohio.
For Axion, Coll's Waco facility will help it meet demand for its industrial products and railroad ties which incorporate post-consumer and -industrial plastic scrap. "We are excited to align ourselves with Coll Materials," said Steve Silverman, Axion's president and CEO, in a statement. "Their facility in Texas allows Axion to increase our capacity in a strategic location so that we can efficiently service our customers and meet the growing demand for our products. More importantly Coll has a 'quality first' mentality and is knowledgeable about recycled plastics processing. Our new relationship not only provides us with the necessary short term capacity we need, but also gives us room to grow."
As we reported last month, Axion recently booked its first orders from South America for its railroad ties. The company is not as yet revealing the name of the customer nor the exact location where the ties will be used, only saying that it is in a major South American city.