ANDOVER TOWNSHIP NJ (May 3, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--Responding to increased demand for its ability to recycle glass from sorting facilities throughout the Northeast more efficiently and cost effectively, Pace Glass Inc. today announced with a groundbreaking ceremony that it is expanding its footprint by opening a new processing plant in Andover Township, New Jersey. Situated on 85 acres in a former rock quarry on Limecrest Road, the official groundbreaking for the 250,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility took place on Tuesday, May 1st. When complete, the Andover, NJ plant will be the world’s largest glass recycling facility.
The new plant will be a substantially larger site than Pace’s Glass’s other plant in Jersey City, which will remain open along with its corporate headquarters in Long Island City. Notable features of the North Andover Township Facility include designated spaces for a rail line and research and development capabilities. Pace Glass will also be creating approximately 80 local jobs in two daily shifts—nearly double the number that are now employed at the Pace Glass Jersey City location—in addition, as many as 60 truck drivers will be hired to deliver the recycled glass called cullet to manufacturers in the Tri-State area, upstate New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
With eventual plans to increase its intermodal delivery reach to other areas of the United States via flatbed railcars and barges, the Andover Township plant will also enable Pace Glass to more than triple its production capacity to over 15,000 tons of commercial-grade recyclable glass per week and 90 tons an hour. In doing so, it will effectively become the nation’s largest facility by output. Right now, the company processes 25 tons per hour.
Originally founded in 2014, Pace’s recycling process utilizes optical scanner technology that takes 1,000 pictures per second to sort glass by color before separating and depositing it via jets of air into three designated containers on a conveyor belt. The glass products are then converted to cullet, which can either be transported to neighboring manufacturing facilities or placed into onsite melting furnaces. The residual dust can be sold as filler for a variety of different products.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony were New Jersey's 5th District Representative, Congressman Josh Gottheimer, the Mayor of Andover, NJ, Janice McGovern and Pace Glass CEO George Valiotis as well as Pace Glass COO and Co-Founder Michael Mahoney.
After the ground was officially broken with ceremonial shovels, Congressman Josh Gottheimer presented George Valiotis with a Congressional Certificate of Recognition to Pace Glass for their outstanding and invaluable service to the community.
“Especially in densely populated cities throughout Northeast, the process of how glass is recycled has literally become broken. Through our innovative technology that is able to capture and repurpose 90% percent of what is currently landfilled, Pace Glass has found a way to help remedy that,” said Pace Glass CEO George Valiotis, who co-founded the company with COO Michael Mahoney following their work together on another venture. “The town of Andover has been instrumental in giving us our approvals and we feel very fortunate that they have been so supportive.”
Co-Founder of Pace Glass Michael Mahoney added, “We are more than extremely excited about the fact that we’re opening here and the potential growth within the company.” He notes on Andover leadership, “They have been more than welcoming to bringing in new business and making the process move quickly. With the addition of the new Andover Township plant, we will be able to strengthen our position as a leading glass recycling technology provider on a much larger scale.”
The groundbreaking ceremony was concluded by Josh Gottheimer, U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 5th congressional district. He said of the opening of Pace Glass in Andover, "In Congress, I do my best to advance pro-growth, pro-jobs policies, but I want to recognize and thank the real job creators—businesses like Pace Glass and entrepreneurs like CEO George Valiotis and COO Michael Mahoney who choose to invest in our state and our workers," said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). "I could not be more proud to be here today to break ground on the new Andover plant, the world’s largest glass recycling facility, which will bring critical new jobs and investment to our community. For my part, I will continue to fight to lower taxes, cut red tape, invest in our infrastructure, and fight for a better return on the tax dollars we already send to Washington."
Andover Township Mayor Janis McGovern also said: “We are delighted to welcome them to our community."
Construction is slated to be completed over the next twelve months and operations are expected to begin in early 2019.
BELOW: George Valiotis, Congressman Josh Gottheimer, Mayor Janice McGovern, Steve Valiotis, Michael Mahoney
About Pace Glass Inc.
Pace Glass Inc. has thrived in efficiently processing recyclable glass products into highly refined cullet, which is then re-melted back into common consumer and industrial products. By diverting glass waste from landfills and back into the market, its clients are able to effectively reduce their carbon footprint by using 100% recyclable materials. As an energy consciousness company, their goal is to recover, process and reuse every shard of glass available and in doing so, create a greener tomorrow.