SHERIDAN - A Manchester, England, company that specializes in a new way of recycling is coming to Chautauqua County.
Nulife Glass will open its first U.S. facility in Sheridan, where company officials will invest $3.7 million to renovate a 50,000 square-foot manufacturing plant. The new county business will create 25 jobs.
Nulife's recycling innovation has solved a growing problem in the electronics industry. Cathode ray tubes, or CRTs, are glass components found in televisions and computers. The change to flat-panel technologies using CRTs has created a problem when these products no longer work or are not wanted by owners. This problem is being called a ''glass tsunami'' as flat-screen products accumulate as waste material. The flat-panel technology using CRTs is also complicated because it contains lead oxides.
So with the problem of unwanted flat-screen products gathering in waste areas, Nulife has created a solution. The company's furnace technology extracts the toxic lead from the glass in pure metallic form. Then the glass from the CRTs, with a lower lead content, can be safely sold for use in other products. Also, the metallic form of the lead comes out of the furnace ready for re-sale to metal markets.
Nulife has already started to accept glass at the site where they will have the capacity to receive up to 100 million pounds of CRT glass. They are completing the renovation and equipping their new facility in anticipation of being fully operational within the next 12 months.
''We are very pleased to welcome Nulife's investment, job creation and their state of the art technology to Chautauqua County,'' said County Executive Gregory Edwards. ''The rapidly changing technologies and new consumer product offerings that have created this worldwide environmental challenge have also created new business opportunities and new markets that will be satisfied in part at this redeveloped building in the town of Sheridan. It is very exciting to know that our county will be home to these exciting new advancements in manufacturing and recycling.''
The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency and the county's Department of Economic Development played important roles in site selection and assisting the company with the permitting process for their new facility. The Buffalo Niagara Enterprise also provided assistance with site selection, access to incentives and service providers and help in navigating state regulatory agencies in successfully attracting Nulife, whose search for a North American location included Canada and the western United States.
''We are very pleased to locate our first North American expansion in New York state, the Buffalo Niagara region and, specifically, Chautauqua County and the town of Sheridan,'' said Simon Greer, Nulife owner. ''The welcoming business environment that Buffalo Niagara Enterprise introduced us to and the reception we received from our state, regional and local partners was tremendous. Everybody we talked to did what they said they were going to do, and now here we are.''
Thomas Kucharski, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise president and chief executive officer, said Nulife offers the type of innovative technology that will strengthen the region's economy.
''Successfully attracting this project to Chautauqua County sends a strong message to entrepreneurs like Nulife around the globe that New York state can successfully compete for your business and that upstate communities across the Buffalo Niagara region want to be home to your manufacturing facilities,'' Kucharski said.