RALEIGH (AP) —
Electronic Recyclers International will open a regional recycling center at Alcoa's former smelting plant in Badin, providing jobs for 200 employees.
Company chairman John Shegerian announced the plans today before a crowd of company officials and local and state leaders in Badin, a town in Stanly County.
Shegerian said operations will begin in July at a temporary site before moving into the permanent facility by January.
Alcoa officials have pledged $5 million to improve the 165,000-square-foot building, matching Electronic Recyclers' $5 million investment.
The company recycles electronic products including computers and cell phones. Customers include Best Buy, Samsung and the U.S. government.
Badin Mayor James Harrison said he hopes the announcement will spark further interest in the Alcoa property, which has 535,000 square feet still available.