AEP Ohio’s Economic and Business Development team spent the last year working on the move with Recleim, Allen County Economic Development Group, the Regional Growth Partnership, JobsOhio and the city of Lima.
“We are proud to have the fortune of presenting Lima and Allen County as competitive locations for businesses like Recleim, and look forward to helping them and our customers throughout the area continue to grow,” says Julie Sloat, AEP Ohio president and chief operating officer (COO).
Recleim will work closely with AEP Ohio and other Ohio utilities to offer removal services and rebates to properly recycle their old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers. It is one of three Recleim plants in the U.S. designed to capture and process ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases that are found in the lining of expired appliances.
“Recleim is an important business partner for AEP Ohio, as they will be processing the appliances we collect through our appliance recycling program—one of many energy efficiency programs AEP Ohio offers to our customers,” Sloat says.
Recleim says it’s a demanufacturer that recovers approximately 95 percent of commodity components in the old appliances it recycles while disposing of hazardous chemicals.
“Our team has spent the last year working on this project and we’re excited to open the doors of our new facility in Lima,” Steve Bush, Recleim CEO, says. “With the facility bringing in 100-plus new jobs and a significant investment in machinery and facility upgrades, we believe the project will be rewarding for all of the community partners involved.”
To celebrate the grand opening of the facility, AEP Ohio is inviting its customers to recycle outdated refrigerators or freezers and receive a special $50 incentive through its appliance recycling program. The special promotion is available beginning Oct. 1 through the end of November.
AEP Ohio customers can visit http://AEPOhio.com/Recycle to learn more and schedule free pickup of their appliances.