PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–American Zinc Recycling LLC (“AZR”) today issued an update on the repair and restart of its Rutherford County, North Carolina zinc refining facility owned by its subsidiary American Zinc Recycling Corp. (“AZR Corp.”). The rebuilding project is proceeding according to schedule and the restart is targeted for the first quarter of 2020. Staffing is underway, and when fully operational the plant is expected to produce 155,000 tons of Special High Grade (SHG) zinc metal annually.
AZR further reported that it will be repairing and replacing with state of the art equipment portions of AZR Corp.’s electric arc furnace (“EAF”) dust recycling facility in Calumet, Illinois, and that the company is actively pursuing other potential sites to enable it to expand its EAF dust recycling capability, which is the largest in the North America.
Rodrigo Daud, AZR’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We have been investing in our recycling facilities during the last 2 years to improve safety, strengthen environmental controls and enhance operations. We are also continuously working to strengthen our relationships with our communities and other stakeholders. The decision to invest in significant improvements to facilities shows AZR’s commitment to enhancing our competitive position as the largest recycler of EAF dust in North America, providing outstanding service to our valued customers and being an important part of local communities.”
Daud continued, “I’m very excited to see the progress we are making in Rutherford County. Once operational, our facility will allow AZR Corp. to offer services that will close the zinc recycling loop, as AZR Corp. will be the only company in North America that be able to recycle the EAF dust into SHG zinc. We will continue to follow our mission of sustainable manufacturing, recycling harmful materials into valuable products.”
About American Zinc Recycling
American Zinc Recycling Corp. is a leading provider of environmental services to the U.S. steel industry, and is owned by American Zinc Recycling LLC. American Zinc Recycling LLC, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., through its subsidiaries employs approximately 750 people and has six facilities throughout the U.S. Visit azr.com for more information.