GAHANNA, Ohio, Sept. 26, 2017 — Several community partners came together in Lima today as Recleim celebrated the grand opening of its new recycling facility. The landscape of Lima’s business community is growing, with AEP Ohio and Recleim helping to bring more than a hundred new jobs to a city welcoming its first new manufacturing plant in several years.

AEP Ohio’s Economic and Business Development team spent the last year working on the move with Recleim, Allen County Economic Development Group, the Regional Growth Partnership, JobsOhio and the city of Lima. The new facility is a celebration of Ohio’s commitment to energy efficiency, green jobs and reducing our carbon footprint. 

“We are proud to have the fortune of presenting Lima and Allen County as competitive locations for businesses like Recleim, and look forward to helping them and our customers throughout the area continue to grow,” said Julie Sloat, AEP Ohio President and COO.

Recleim will work closely with AEP Ohio and other Ohio utilities to offer customers removal services and rebates to properly recycle their old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers. It is one of only three plants in the country that can capture and process ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases, which are found in the lining of expired appliances.

“Recleim is an important business partner for AEP Ohio, as they will be processing the appliances we collect through our Appliance Recycling Program—one of many energy efficiency programs AEP Ohio offers to our customers,” Sloat said.

The facility is made possible by various Midwest clients of Recleim's, including major appliance manufacturers and retailers, as well as utility programs across the region including those offered by AEP Ohio and other Ohio utilities.

“Our team has spent the last year working on this project and we’re excited to open the doors of our new facility in Lima,” Steve Bush, Recleim CEO. “With the facility bringing in 100+ new jobs and a significant investment in machinery and facility upgrades, we believe the project will be rewarding for all of the community partners involved.”

Recleim terms itself a “de-manufacturer,” recovering approximately 95 percent of commodity components in the old appliances it recycles, while disposing of hazardous chemicals and minimizing waste. Recleim is the only recycling company in North America with the rights to use this state-of- the-art technology, making Recleim the new standard in the recycling industry.

To celebrate the grand opening of the facility, AEP Ohio is inviting its customers to recycle outdated refrigerators or freezers and receive a special $50 incentive through its Appliance Recycling Program. In addition to putting cash back in their pockets, participants can save as much as $150 annually through lower household energy usage. The special promotion is available beginning Oct. 1 through the end of November.   

AEP Ohio customers can visit AEPOhio.com/Recycle to learn more and schedule free pick-up of their appliances.

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About AEP Ohio

AEP Ohio delivers electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers of AEP’s subsidiary Ohio Power Co. in Ohio. AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power. News and information about AEP Ohio can be found at AEPOhio.com.  

American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 224,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 26,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP supplies 3,200 megawatts of renewable energy to customers. AEP’s utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.

About Recleim

Recleim, founded in 2012, provides collection, transportation, de-manufacturing and resource recovery services for end-of-life appliances, HVAC units and vending machines for a variety of clients including utilities, retailers and manufacturers. Recleim converts the appliances and other items into commodities such as plastic, aluminum, copper, steel and pelletized foam, which are then sold for reuse. Recleim specializes in reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions through the capture and destruction of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) and High-Global Warming Potential (GWP) gases that are used as refrigerants and as blowing agents contained in the insulation foam lining of some refrigerated units. Recleim currently operates facilities across the Midwest and along the Eastern Seaboard and has advanced de-manufacturing facilities in Graniteville, SC, Philadelphia, PA and now, in Lima, OH. For more information, please visit www.recleim.com.

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