Midwest Exchange Selects NRT for Expansion

Chooses technology leader to purify plastic to FDA food-grade level for bottle-to-bottle production.

Gurnee, IL – December 13, 2012 — Midwest Exchange Enterprises Inc. has selected Nashville, Tennessee-based National Recovery Technologies (NRT) to manufacture and install five optical sorting units to enhance the company’s PET (polyethelene terephthalate) recycling plant in Gurnee, Illinois.


The facility provides clients an environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternative to using virgin resin. “Our goal is to eliminate our country’s dependency upon foreign virgin PET resin by manufacturing locally to produce recycled resin RPET from local sources of PET plastic,” says Alex Casillas, president and founder of Midwest Exchange Enterprises.

This expansion will double PET production at the plant, increasing PET capacity to 9,000 lbs-per-hour. The five NRT units – a SpydIR™ Reflective, a SpydIR ™-T, a ColorPlus™, a SpydIR™-T PET and a MetalDirector™ – will also create a cleaner end-product. PVC and other contaminates are extracted, resulting in an RPET product that is clean enough to be classified as food-grade by the FDA that can be used to create food and beverage containers.

For Midwest Exhange Enterprises, the decision to use NRT equipment came down to competitive advantages in technology, quality of equipment, and customer service. “Going through the process of selecting a manufacturer, we quickly learned that the perception is that the Europeans have the highest quality equipment. Upon further evaluation we came across NRT, and realized that they have a clear advantage when it comes to PET bottle sorting,” remarked Sargon Azzo, director of sales at Midwest Exchange Enterprises. “Their equipment is the best, and it was a breath of fresh air to be able to buy from an American company. From top-to-bottom, the NRT organization is extremely knowledgable and displays integrity throughout the company. ”

Equipment is scheduled to be delivered by the end of the year. For more information, contact Robby Parrish via email or at 615-734-6400.


About NRT

National Recovery Technologies Inc., (NRT) is a recognized world leader in automated industrial inspection systems, materials handling, and process control, particularly in processing of materials for recycling. NRT was founded in 1981 as a developer, manufacturer and supplier of high performance systems in the field of on-line industrial inspection and sorting of materials for recycling. NRT values technology innovation, quality of manufacturing and a strong commitment to customer support.



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