Governor Ivey Announces Ecore International is Planning a Manufacturing Plant in Alabama as Part of a $25 Million Project

MONTGOMERY- Governor Kay Ivey announced Tuesday that Ecore International plans to invest $25.5 million to open a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Ozark, where it will create 84 jobs.

Ecore, based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, specializes in transforming reclaimed materials into high-performance flooring and surfacing products. The private company is the largest converter of recovered rubber in North America, and its most important raw material is scrap truck tires.

“Ecore International is a great addition to Alabama’s business community, and its decision to locate a state-of-the-art manufacturing and recycling facility in Dale County will have a major economic impact on the rural area,” said Governor Ivey. “This project in Ozark will bring good manufacturing jobs to citizens and create new opportunities throughout the region.”

As part of the project, Ecore is purchasing an existing building in Ozark, which it will outfit to recover rubber from used truck tires and use the rubber to make flooring and coatings. The 84 new full-time positions will pay an average annual salary of nearly $42,500, according to the Alabama Department of Commerce.

Ecore CEO Art Dodge said the company is pleased to partner with the City of Ozark, Dale County and the State of Alabama to establish the manufacturing and recycling facility. world class.

“Since its inception, Ecore has transformed over 2 billion pounds of waste rubber into surfaces that improve people’s lives. All of Ecore’s manufacturing facilities are Zero Waste certified, which amplifies the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship. » says Dodge.

“Ecore invests in more than its facilities – we invest in our people and our communities because we believe that when our people and our communities thrive, we thrive,” he added.

In 2021, the company recycled more than 100 million pounds of truck tires – the equivalent of approximately 1 million truck tires destined for landfills or illegal landfills – into high-value manufactured goods shipped globally. national and international.

Markets for Ecore products include nursing homes, hotels, fitness centers, recreation centers, retailers and schools.

“Ecore is a champion of sustainability, whose main objective is to create products that improve lives and the environment”, said Alabama Department of Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield. “Its new tire recycling and manufacturing facility in Dale County will help this impressive company expand its mission while providing well-paying jobs to area citizens.”

Dale County officials said Ecore’s plans to invest in Ozark will have a major impact on the area.

“I want to thank the team at Ecore International for their confidence in Ozark and Dale County. We welcome your business expansion from Pennsylvania to Ozark, Alabama,” said Ozark Mayor Mark Blankenship. “We look forward to a great partnership with Ecore International.”

Dale County Commission Chairman Steve McKinnon echoed those comments.

“I’m thrilled that Ecore is a company that will create the kind of jobs that will inspire people to move here and get involved in our community, churches and schools,” said McKinnon. “We want to thank the company for choosing to expand into Dale County and giving them a warm welcome.”

Brenda Tuck, rural development manager for the Alabama Department of Commerce, said Ecore’s recycling facility project in Dale County joins a list of innovative operations launched in rural Alabama. Since 2020, projects valued at over $3 billion have landed in rural counties across the state.

“Companies around the world are discovering that rural Alabama communities are an ideal place to bring their game-changing innovations to life,” said Tuck. “The simple fact is that these areas can offer growing businesses significant benefits that will amplify the impact of their investment and provide a launch pad for growth.”

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