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  • Finnish Firm Opening Electronics Scrap Recycling Facility in Pennsylvania

    Posted on February 12th, 2010 admin No comments

    The Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, Inc. announced the launch of an electronics recycling facility in Philadelphia by the Finnish firm Kuusakoski. The new facility will be called Kuusakoski Philadelphia, LLC. It will be a wholly owned subsidiary of the European company Kuusakoski OY.

    The launch culminates in two years of technical management and project coordination by the non-profit company. At full production, the electronics recycling facility, slated to cost around $10 million, will recover and process at a minimum 15,000 tons of electronic scrap a year. The facility will employ about 30 people in the operation.

    The Kuusakoski processing technology is the first of its kind introduced to the United States, which is presently operated at locations in Finland, Sweden and Russia. In addition to the processing facilities in those three countries, the company operates a host of trading offices throughout the world.

    “We are excited and eager to move forward in building many new business opportunities,” said Richard Burgess, president BGA Commodities; newly appointed as CEO and managing partner of Kuusakoski Philadelphia.

    Burgess takes over the operation of the wholly owned subsidiary of Kuusakoski after the Finnish company acquired his facility. In addition to electronic scrap, the plant handles some types of industrial scrap metal.

    Burgess says that the facility, to be located at the location where BGA operated, will have two large pieces of equipment installed. The first item should be installed by early 2010, while a larger piece of equipment should be in place by the end of 2010. In the meantime, the company will use the facility to collect material and ship the unprocessed electronics to Kuusakoski’s European locations.

    When the equipment is installed, the company will do processing of both the plastics as well as metals, shipping the processed material to end sources.

    “Kuusakoski has proudly partnered with BGA Commodities and the Recycling Markets Center to make this project a reality.  “Without involvement of RMC, it is likely our efforts to invest in Pennsylvania would not have occurred,” said Vesa Samela, Kuusakoski country manager USA, board member of Kuusakoski Philadelphia, LLC.  “Further, we have received a cordial introduction from the Department of Environmental Protection in Pennsylvania.”

    The Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center provided management support though all phases of the economic development project, including business planning; loan, grant, and tax credit coordination; facilitation of opportunities with the Departments of Environmental Protection and Community and Economic Development; introduction to the Governor’s Action Team; introduction to the Philadelphia Industrial Development Authority; introduction to the Center for International Regulatory Assistance; and technology and process validation.


    One response to “Finnish Firm Opening Electronics Scrap Recycling Facility in Pennsylvania”

    1. Recycling is very very important in order to preserve mother earth.,..

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