A Missouri-based recycling company has completed a deal to buy the former Doane Pet Care building in the Johnstown Industrial Park, according to Fulton County Economic Development Corp. officials.
Marck Recycling of New York expects to employ up to 35 people over the next six months as it begins to ramp up operations, co-owner Kent Longley said. The workers can expect to start at about $10 an hour and earn up to $13 an hour, depending on their job title, he said.
Marck bought the 42,000-square-foot building from Crossroads Incubator Corp., the real estate arm of the EDC, and also bought 3.5 acres of adjacent land from the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency to accommodate future expansion.
“We at Marck Recycling companies are very excited to be operating in the New York area,” Longley said.
He said the first phase of the three-phase project is complete.
“We are extremely appreciative of the talent we have found in the local area in the available labor force,” Longley said.
The company has also employed local contractors to install its recycling equipment and to make modifications to the building to accommodate the company, he said.
The company will work with the Wal-Mart Regional Return Center in the park and with more than 100 Wal-Mart stores in New York state as part of the retailer’s go-green program.
The company receives bales of recyclable material, breaks the bales, sorts and separates the material, including plastic, metal, aluminum, cardboard and paper. The items are then baled and resold.
Jeff Bray, executive vice president of the EDC, said Marck’s purchase of the building and the land “indicates their commitment to the area and their desire to grow here.”
“Fulton County continues to add to its job base and, once again, Wal-Mart has proven to be a valuable cornerstone for employment as we continue to build on their presence in this community,” Bray said.
“We are happy to have Marck in Fulton County and look forward to having them as a business partner in our community,” he added.
Longley told The Gazette in October, when the deal was pending, that the company is 12 years old and it employs about 100 people in several states, including Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kansas and Arkansas.
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