Mervis will keep Marco site open

Mervis will keep Marco site open

CHAMPAIGN — Mervis Industries expects to continue use of its Marco Recycling facility in central Champaign once Mervis opens its new regional recycling center in Urbana, a company official said.

Tom Falender, director of marketing for Mervis Industries, said Tuesday the company likes Marco's central location. But he said most employees will likely work in Urbana, with a few remaining in Champaign.

Falender said once the new facility opens, the company will evaluate both operations and the volume they do.

Mervis Industries plans to open a regional recycling center at 3008 N. Cunningham Ave., U, but has been waiting for the Illinois Department of Transportation to make improvements to accommodate turns off Cunningham.

"We hope to be open by the end of the year," Falender said.

The 8,000-square-foot, all-steel building would recycle the same sorts of materials that Marco does — cooper, aluminum, stainless steel, brass.

It might also handle cardboard and certain types of plastics, depending on the market for those commodities, Falender said.

The new facility is also expected to accept scrap autos, Falender said. It will be equipped with an environmental rack to drain various automotive fluids, all of which will be recycled, he said.

Recyclables brought to the Urbana site would be shipped to Mervis production facilities in Danville and Decatur, Falender said.

The new facility will be known as Advantage Recycling, adopting the same name as Mervis facilities in Danville and Mattoon, Falender said.

Advantage is also building a new facility in Crawfordsville, Ind., and a replacement warehouse in Springfield, potentially giving Advantage five sites.

It's conceivable a Mervis recycling facility in Terre Haute, Ind., will also adopt the Advantage name, he added.

Marco Recycling — formerly known as Marco Steel Supply and Scrap Processing — is located at 302 S. Market St., C, and has been there since its founding in 1918. The site is west of the Canadian National railroad tracks in the block south of the Illinois Terminal.

Falender said Marco has seven employees, and he said the Urbana facility is expected "to work up to about 12 employees."

The 18-acre Urbana site includes 10 acres intended for "active use" and 8 acres slated for future growth, he said.