Advanced Recovery Unveils Plans in Robeson County

America’s environmental concerns are yielding job opportunities in Robeson County. In August, Advanced Recovery, Inc., announced plans to convert a vacant building there into a recycling center that will ultimately employ 30 workers. Positions at the new site will include metal processors, electronics technicians, warehouse personnel, sales professionals and managers, and come with average hourly wages that will reach $15. Advanced Recovery will invest $175,000 in upgrades and capital equipment at the Town of Fairmont’s Badger Building.

The presence of lead and other potentially hazardous materials in outdated computer and electronic gear requires owners to exercise caution in how they discard unwanted equipment. “Green audits” of businesses by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can result in hefty fines when regulators find used equipment has been improperly disposed of. New Jersey-based Advanced Recovery works with corporations, government agencies and educational facilities in breaking down unwanted equipment into components, many of which can be recycled. Unusable parts are discarded pursuant to EPA-approved methods. Advanced Recovery’s Fairmont operations will complement its existing recycling centers in Pennsylvania, Illinois, New York and New Jersey.

Advanced Recovery made its way to Fairmont after an Internet search took it to North Carolina’s Southeast’s Web site. High on the company’s wish list was a site close to a major port (much of its product will be exported to Asia) and a ready-to-go building that was at least 25,000 square-feet. Working with the Southeast Commission and the N.C. Department of Commerce, the firm considered 10 possibilities in the region before zeroing-in on the Badger Building. Robeson County Economic Development Commission ushered the project to its successful conclusion over the course of five months.