Pace Glass, a glass-recycling company, announced at a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday that its planned $55 million, 250,000-square-foot recycling facility in Andover Township will create 150 jobs.
Pace also operates a facility in Jersey City, opened in 2016.
“We are happy to be here and playing a small role in glass recycling in this country,” CEO George Valiotis said. “We will open other businesses in the area. … We hope that what we are doing in Andover is a model for other towns in the nation. We look to open this plant in seven or eight months.”
Valiotis said he expects Pace Glass will reach full employment by June 2019.
Pace Glass will use local rail facilities to ship its products to the site from up to 500 miles away. The company plans to add a rail spur to allow the company to unload and load more easily.
“I have learned that there is no end to how long glass can be recycled,” Andover Township Mayor Janis McGovern said. “Pace Glass will bring additional commerce to our township and will reduce glass entering our landfills.”
McGovern added the rural Sussex County community finds it tough to attract businesses. “This started to fall into place about one and a half years ago through the Andover Township Land Use Board,” she said. “It is another way to put Andover on the map. We have parks. We also need business.”
Said U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-5th District: “This is about government working with business, paving the way to do good and to do well. The private sector grows the economy. Because business drives the way, it will create jobs. This will be the largest glass-recycling facility in the world. To make sure this part of our state grows, we need to have strong jobs and top-shelf infrastructure.”