Recycler of aluminium announces $10 million in plant upgrades

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. – September 14, 2021 – Spectro Alloys, the leading Midwest-based recycler of aluminum, has announced approximately $10 million in plant upgrades to be completed in early 2022. The projects include a new warehouse and new state-of-the-art pollution control equipment, which will help the company provide even more benefits from the recycling process and progress towards its long-term sustainability objectives.

Aluminum is the world’s greatest recycling success story – and Spectro Alloys is at the heart of it. If it’s aluminum in Minnesota and it’s not a used beverage container, it’s likely recycled by Spectro Alloys. Founded in 1973, Spectro uses industry leading technology to turn what’s used into what’s new by recycling aluminum for regional die casters and foundries. The recycled material is then made into new products people use every day in the automotive, power sports, home, turf and snow maintenance, and many other industries.

New warehouse

Spectro Alloys will break ground this week on a new 70,000 square foot building on its property near Highway 55 in Rosemount. The modern warehouse will significantly reduce truck traffic in and out of the facility while streamlining the production, shipping and receiving processes for safety and efficiency. The building, which will be completed in the Spring of 2022, will be optimized for solar power and will utilize process heat to reduce energy consumption. The project will also include trees and native prairie landscaping that is more aesthetically pleasing and will enhance the environment around the facility.

Completed in August, over $3 million in equipment and baghouse upgrades have enhanced Spectro’s process automation and controls and expanded the company’s industry-leading environmental benefits. Baghouses are traditionally attached to furnaces within plant environments to capture and clean emissions. While these air filtration systems are standard for the recycling process, Spectro’s new equipment improves emissions control well beyond industry standards. Click here to watch a short video about Spectro’s new baghouse.

“At our core, Spectro Alloys’ work is about delivering a positive impact for the planet and our customers by extending the life cycle of aluminum through recycling. We describe what we do as ‘Recycling for Life’, which is why our aluminum recycling process meets the highest environmental and air quality standards,” said Luke Palen, president of Spectro Alloys. “These investments demonstrate our commitment to continuous innovation for the environment and our community.”

Spectro Alloys operates one of the highest efficiency aluminum recycling plants in the United States.  Since 1973, Spectro Alloys has been providing high quality recycled aluminum alloys to regional die casters and foundries, where it is made into new products for the automotive, power sports, home, turf and snow maintenance and other industries.  Recycling at Spectro Alloys involves shredding, sorting, and processing aluminum with the most advanced technology used in the industry today. Aluminum recycling at Spectro generates more than 90% in CO2 and energy savings compared to creating new aluminum. Spectro’s direct CO2 savings is equivalent to removing more than 80,000 cars from the road, and Spectro’s direct energy savings could power more than 200,000 homes.

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