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Recleim plans recycling facility in Aiken County

Ben Hirokawa, CEO of Recleim, at the podium, flanked by Gov. Nikki Haley on the right. (Photo/James T. Hammond)
Ben Hirokawa, CEO of Recleim, at the podium, flanked by Gov. Nikki Haley on the right. (Photo/James T. Hammond)

Staff Report
Published Feb. 20, 2013

Recleim, a startup recycler of appliances and e-waste materials, today said it will establish its first recycling plant in Aiken County, investing $40.6 million and expecting to create 200 new jobs.

“We are pleased to move forward with plans to open our new facility in Aiken County. This is a big step for our company. South Carolina provides us with an excellent business environment and the skilled workforce we need for our operations. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Ben Hirokawa, CEO of Recleim.

Recleim is establishing its first recycling facility in the former Hickman Mill plant at 118 Hard St. in Graniteville. The company specializes in materials recovery from appliances, white goods and electronic waste, and in environmentally sound disposal of hazardous components. The company is in the process of updating the 110,000-square-foot building to accommodate three production lines.

“Responsibly recycling just one refrigerator or freezer can prevent up to 10 tons of CO2 and CO2 equivalent from entering the atmosphere. That’s equivalent to taking two cars off the road for a year,” Hirokawa said.

Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said the state’s recycling industry continues to grow.

“While I often say we know how to make things, it’s also true that we know how to remake things. The company’s decision to locate in Aiken County will bring new jobs to Graniteville and the surrounding area, and help those communities remain sustainable,” Hitt said.

Recleim’s Aiken facility will employ state-of-the-art, proprietary technology that safely contains the harmful substances found in discarded appliances, while reducing the typical landfill waste from these appliances by 95%, according to a news release.

The company is currently hiring for the plant management team, and will begin hiring production line workers in the fourth quarter of this year. For employment opportunities, visit

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