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3 companies awarded for recycling

Three northeast Indiana companies were among six in the state to be awarded grant funding as a result of recycling efforts.

The companies received a total of $525,000 from the Recycling Market Development Program, under the administration of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Ace Recycling Inc. and Legal Chop Shop in Fort Wayne and Midwest Veal in Wabash received Recycling Market Development Program grants to buy equipment to expand recycling efforts.

•Ace Recycling will receive $50,000 to buy new and upgrade existing equipment that will improve material flow. Part of the $313,843 project includes a new motorized conveyor system for sorting, a cross belt magnet system to separate metals, and lift scales.

The company recycles 640,000 pounds a year and is set to triple that figure by the end of the year. As a result of the growth, Ace Recycling plans to hire six to eight new employees.

•Legal Chop Shop at 2532 Goshen Road was awarded $25,000 to buy equipment including a rack and storage system and pallets for its reuse operation. The company salvages parts from “end of life” vehicles, keeping automobile components out of landfills.

The company will be expanding a storage building, bringing the total investment of its project to $400,000, and will hire three new employees as a result.

The company estimates that it diverts 87 tons of vehicle-related waste from the waste stream, including aluminum, glass, steel and plastic.

Legal Chop Shop was also chosen among Hoosier auto salvage yards for the Gold Level Clean Yard award from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

•Midwest Veal in Wabash County received $50,000 toward a $206,591 project to update its manufacturing facility and expand reuse/recycling efforts in its partnership with Mead Johnson Nutrition.

New equipment will allow the company to reclaim baby formula from packaging and then reuse the nutrients in animal feed. The feed material recovered through the process is delivered to farms as milk feed for veal calves.

Midwest Veal estimates that 750 tons of food product, as well as steel and paper, will be diverted from the waste stream.

The company plans to hire up to 15 new employees, including 12 livestock contractors for local farmers.

Others receiving grants included: Green Plus Plastics LLC, Marion County, $150,000 to expand operations to recycle plastic films and bottles into pellets; Plastic Recycling Inc., Marion County, $150,000 to buy and install equipment to recycle plastic waste from presort facilities or industrial sources; and Better World Books in St. Joseph County, $100,000 to buy software and equipment to further automate its system to track book donations.