DUNKIRK, NY (Business First) - Nulife Glass, a recycling company based in Manchester, England, is opening its first U.S. facility in Chautauqua County.
The company will invest $3.7 million to renovate a 50,000 square-foot manufacturing facility, located at 3213 Middle Road in Dunkirk. Nulife Glass will also build a recycling furnace in England and move it to Dunkirk.
Officials see a market to help solve a growing problem in the electronics recycling industry: cathode ray tubes are glass components commonly found in TVs and computers. Changes in flat screen technology have made many of these products obsolete, causing these waste materials to accumulate. The glass in cathode ray tubes includes lead oxide, which can make the recycling of them problematic.
Nulife owner Simon Greer said the $3.7 million investment involves a complete overhaul of the manufacturing and office space.
The Manchester facility has six workers, Greer said, adding that he’d like to add around 25 in Dunkirk.
“Many will be operating the recycling furnace,” he said, adding that Nulife had built one near London and they’ve been operating it since October. “It’s been running very well; we’ve been recycling TVs from London and the UK. After the success of that we’ll be building a furnace in Manchester and moving it here in the coming months.”
The Dunkirk site became attractive to him, he said, because of low-cost hydropower they’ll use through New York Power Authority. Greer told Business First that Buffalo Niagara Enterprise was instrumental in bringing the company to the region.
Nulife had been searching for a North American location, including in Canada and the Western U.S.
The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency and the county’s Department of Economic Development also played roles in assisting Nulife with site selection and the permitting process for the facility.
Greer added that the building was ideal for what they want to do. Vacant for about five years, it had been used to make glass beads used in reflective paints used to mark roads