MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. - It won't be long until an enormous space in Muhlenberg Township begins taking plastic bottles and giving them a new life as new plastic bottles.
"It is just exciting to see it come to fruition," said Leah Fassnacht, director of communications for the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance.
CarbonLITE, a California-based company, will soon be opening an $80-million recycling plant on Route 61 in Muhlenberg Township. The company said it plans on having some production get underway by mid-February.
CarbonLITE said it's already the world's largest recycler of plastic bottles, and the new facility adds to that. The facility is expected to bring more than 100 new jobs.
"The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance has been very instrumental in helping bring CarbonLITE to Berks County," said Fassnacht.
Alliance officials announced the move in May. CarbonLITE already has recycling plants in southern California and Texas and eyed Berks to build its next plant.
"CarbonLITE's choice to expand here in Berks County really speaks to the strength of our local economy, and further justifies what we here at GRCA already know and that's Berks County is a really good place to do business," said Fassnacht.