Recycling business set to open in January

Published 3:09 pm Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A new business expected to employ 40 people will be opening on County Road 42 in Jemison in January 2014.

“This is an example of when the Industrial Development Board and the city of Jemison work together,” Industrial Development Coordinator Fred Crawford said.

Maciel Recovery and Recycling is an industrial waste stream recycler. The company recycles wooden and plastic crates and pallets, scrap metal, wood, cardboard and plastics.

According to information included in a packet from the company, the center will serve as a material recovery center dedicated to landfill diversion.

Martin Maciel started the company in 1989 when he started recycling wooden pallets and recognizing new opportunities to redirect “waste” materials produced by industrial manufacturing to new markets.

The company was founded to provide companies with alternatives to dumping the pallets into a landfill.

Maciel Recovery and Recycling sales and marketing consultant Reba Wright said the goal for the company is to eventually get the manufacturing companies who sign a contract with Maciel to agree to a zero percent landfill usage.

“We are currently recycling, reusing, repurposing and re-manufacturing the larger portion of the materials we recover from our customer’s sites,” Wright said. “Surplus material and materials that cannot be recycled are used in an alternative fuel blend, which is processed at the Jemison site.”

Wright said the company is working on composting organic material in the near future.

The company declined to comment on which customers they currently serve but did say they service Tier 1 and Tier 2 automotive suppliers.

Crawford said the location of the business is located on 55 acres of land and is great for the economy of Jemison.

“Mayor Eddie Reed has welcomed this new industry and he is happy to be working with them,” Crawford said. “This is a $2 million dollar investment that will employ 40 individuals. Reed and County Commissioner Shannon Welch worked with the IDB board to make a successful industry move to this county.”

Wright said the site in Jemison is almost finished with plans for a grand opening in January.

For more information about Maciel, contact 688-2963 or visit