Maine Plastics, Inc. was named a 2011 winner of the Catalyst Award, presented annually by Southwest Michigan First to recognize companies that contribute to the region's economic development efforts. Maine Plastics and the 10 other winners were honored for partnering in job creation and private investment at a ceremony held January 24, 2012, at the Southwest Michigan First offices in downtown Kalamazoo.
Headquartered in Zion, IL, Maine Plastics creates customized corporate recycling programs that cost-effectively minimize waste and support global sustainability efforts. Eight years ago, the company opened a 10,000-square-foot processing facility in Schoolcraft with 8 employees, and then expanded rapidly.
"In 2011, we employed 32 people and processed 15 million pounds of plastic from Midwestern manufacturers," said Greg Engel, Maine Plastics Regional Operations Manager. To accommodate its growing Michigan operation, Maine Plastics recently moved to a 140,000-square-foot building at 3939 Emerald Drive in Kalamazoo.
"We're very excited about the future, and we're honored to earn the Catalyst Award. We think southwestern Michigan is a great place to do business," said Maine Plastics President David Spitulnik.
Learn more about the Catalyst Award at SouthwestMichiganFirst.com.
About Maine Plastics, Inc.:
Maine Plastics develops recycling solutions for companies that generate post-industrial and post-commercial plastics and offers comprehensive services including toll processing, metal and paper recycling and certified destruction. Utilizing state-of-the art equipment and technology, and adhering to rigorous quality control standards, Maine Plastics processes more than 140 million pounds annually in its 11 facilities across the country.