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Eight Is Enough, for Now: PolyQuest Embarks on Eighth Expansion

The distributor of PET resins and manufacturer of recycled PET is adding four buildings, rail spurs, and new equipment to its Darlington, SC, site.

Clare Goldsberry

June 10, 2021

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As previously announced, PolyQuest, a distributor of PET resins and manufacturer of recycled PET (rPET), has begun construction at its Darlington, SC, site. The expansion will include the addition of four buildings totaling 225,000 square feet, two rail spurs, enhanced material capabilities, and new machinery to process incremental volumes of rPET and other thermoplastics. PolyQuest said it is adding 15 new jobs at the Darlington site, with plans to increase that number.

Since 2004, the Darlington facility has served as the company’s flagship distribution and recycling location for PET resins. PolyQuest operates recycled plastics processing capabilities that deliver sustainable raw materials to its customers in every end application for PET.

“Our business continues to grow at exponential levels, both organically in virgin PET and rPET, as well as via access to new resins such as polypropylene and polyethylene,” said Tod Durst, President of PolyQuest. “With demand for our products at the highest level we have experienced in our company’s history and limited available supply, our customers are facing extended lead times which predicates that we hold higher levels of safety stock to service their needs. That factor, coupled with the continued push for recycled plastic content from brand owners and converters alike, made our expansion in Darlington a logical [move].”

Construction is anticipated to be completed by February 2022. “Once this expansion is complete, our Darlington facility will have 525,000 square feet, the capacity to hold 38 rail cars, 160 million pounds of recycled plastics processing capacity, approximately 100 employees, and more than $50 million invested since 2004,” said Ryan Nettles, Vice President of Operations. “PolyQuest’s goal remains to be the value-added supplier of PET, PP, and recycled PET products to our customers. The expansion at Darlington enhances our ability to achieve that goal.”

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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