ECS Refining Expands Electronics Recycling Operations to Stockton

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State-of-the-art electronics recycling plant will bring jobs and growth to an economically distressed region, and positions ECS Refining for further expansion in the western United States.

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This marks a major milestone in the evolution of ECS Refining, and positions us well for future growth and expansion into new markets.

ECS Refining, a recycling and end-of-life services company that specializes in electronics and industrial equipment, has completed the purchase of a 263,000 square-foot facility in Stockton, Calif. to house its electronics division in a new, state-of-the-art recycling plant. The company will move its primary California electronic recycling operation to the new facility, which will serve as the company’s western regional processing plant with the capacity to handle more than 25 million pounds of materials per month.

150 of ECS Refining’s current workforce at the Santa Clara plant will be offered the opportunity to move to the new Stockton facility, which will ramp up to full operation over the next few months. The company’s current facilities in Santa Clara will continue as ECS Refining’s corporate headquarters and the western region’s base location for the processing of solar panels, resale operations, and precious metals recovery, with the possibility of expansion of these operations.

Jim Taggart, CEO and founder of ECS Refining, says the new Stockton plant, which is four times the size of the company’s current Santa Clara operations, provides the ability to deploy new processes and technologies that provide for cleaner and more recyclable commodity streams of material from the huge volume of e-waste the company currently processes. “This marks a major milestone in the evolution of ECS Refining, and positions us well for future growth and expansion into new markets. Once we’ve completed installation of equipment and process lines, this will be the largest and most advanced electronics recycling facility in the United States. With our Stockton electronics division under one roof we will be able to efficiently handle the significant growth we’re projecting over the next few years,” he said.

New plant will be a major regional center for ECS Refining Electronics Recycling Division

ECS Refining is investing significant capital in the Stockton facility, which is located in an area that has been hit hard by the recent recession. Situated near two major transportation arteries (Interstate 5 and Highway 99) on 26 acres in the ProLogis Park area in southeast Stockton, the building was, until last April, the site of Kyoho Manufacturing California, which supplied pressed-metal parts to the now-defunct New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUUMI) plant in Fremont. ECS Refining will immediately convert the facility to handle electronics and associated materials that ECS Refining receives from its customers in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, including the more than 230 current collector partners that are members of its highly successful ecollective e-waste recycling initiative.

ECS Refining is spearheading a drive to educate consumers and businesses about the importance of properly recycling electronic waste. 70 percent of obsolete, unwanted and unused electronics is stockpiled in homes and offices because it is not easy to responsibly dispose of it, and only 15 percent ever gets recycled. The Environmental Protection Agency recently added the disposal of e-waste to a list of the agency’s top four environmental priorities, alongside issues such as climate change, air quality and access to clean water. Meanwhile, more and more states are passing legislation to support recycling e-waste, representing a growth opportunity for leading recyclers such as ECS Refining.

About ECS Refining
ECS Refining is a recycling and end-of-life services company specializing in electronics and industrial equipment. For over 30 years, ECS has utilized a variety of approaches, including recovery and refining, asset management, and refurbishment and resale, to optimizing our services for maximum value recovery and a sustainable outcome. Because we work with such a wide variety of materials from hundreds of different sources, and have strong connections with partners both upstream and downstream, we’re adept at applying our skills and knowledge to formulate smart and planet-friendly solutions for our customers. Recycle responsibly. Recycle with ECS Refining. For more information about our operations and the latest news from ECS Refining, visit our website, blog, Facebook page, and Twitter page (@ecsrefining).

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