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American Zinc Recycling to restart facility in early 2020


PITTSBURGH – American Zinc Recycling LLC (AZR) has updated the repair and restart status 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.

“We have been investing in our recycling facilities during the last two years to improve safety, strengthen environmental controls and enhance operations,” said Rodrigo Daud, AZR’s CEO.

“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.”

American Zinc Recycling Corp. provides environmental services to the U.S. steel industry, and is owned by American Zinc Recycling LLC, which is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., and employs approximately 750 people and has six facilities throughout the U.S.