Recycling has become an extremely important part of plastics processing. Recycled material is in big demand, whether it's RPET for packaging or polyethylene for decking, fencing and railing, or used as the interior section in capstock products. IntegriCo Composites (Temple, TX), founded in 2005, recycles landfill-bound plastic—primarily polyethylene—into railroad crossties.
Last year, the company announced it would invest $20 million to establish a manufacturing facility near Springhill, LA, and relocate its corporate headquarters from Temple to Webster Parish. "It is a privilege to partner with Louisiana in an effort that will create jobs while simultaneously expanding IntegriCo capacity immensely," said IntegriCo CEO Scott Mack. "With our Texas facility at capacity, this effort is critical to meeting the demand of our growing client base, which includes multiple Class 1 rails, the U.S. military and myriad other customers."
According to Matt McCooe, VP of Sales and Marketing, "we did a broad search for a second site, and chose Louisiana because many of our ties go into rail lines in the southeast. Additionally, Louisiana is a very business-friendly state. They were accommodating and welcoming to us—both the state and the parish."