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Recycling: New Chicago home for PARC

Plastics recycler PARC Corp. has relocated its plant and offices from North Aurora, IL to Romeoville, another Chicago suburb off of Interstate-55, selecting a 120,000-sq-ft site in the Marquette Center Industrial Park on the basis of transportation logistics and more space. “The Romeoville site is more conveniently located within the Chicago-land area and provides major transportation benefits to both inbound and outbound truckload and sea-container shipments,” Steve Becker, PARC’s national sales manager, said in response to e-mailed questions, adding that the new operation is near Interstate’s 55 and 355 with easy access to Interstate’s 294, 80, and 88. In addition, Becker said the Romeoville facility offers more than twice the production, warehouse, and office space of its former 50,000-sq-ft location in North Aurora, IL.
The company, which purchases, processes, and markets more than 80 million lb/yr of recovered plastic, has a sister company called PARC China, with regional offices in Beijing, Tianjin, and Guangdong, and a plastics-recycling facility in Qingdao. That 100,000-sq-ft plant has production and warehouse space like the new Romeoville site, with equipment for sorting, grinding, baling, shredding, and pelletizing recovered plastic. Processed plastic, which comes from post-consumer and post-industrial streams, can be converted into film, fibers, and bags. According to Becker, the Romeoville operation only undertakes baling and grinding. Kathy Xuan, who founded PARC in 1996, also serves as vice president of the China Plastics Processing Industry Assn. Recycling Committee, with Becker saying that 50% of PARC’s U.S. materials are sold to customers in China, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. In terms of the market, Becker said that domestically the prices for recycled plastics have risen, but they have not gone up in the Asian export market.—[email protected]
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