GREENE TWP. - “An electronic recovery business, Advanced Recovery, is interested in purchasing and using the “old Swiss Maid” building off Roemerville Road,” Michael Sullivan, Pike County Economic Development Authority, told the Greene Township supervisors at their November meeting.
“The building is a 50,000 square foot structure on 10 acres. The company recycles Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs),” Sullivan explained.
“It looks like the company is coming here, although plans are not yet finalized. Advanced Recovery is looking at one other location,” Sullivan said. “The decision should be made prior to January.”
“Advanced Recovery extracts lead from the CRT glass. It is a self-enclosed process,” further explained Mark Rea, Advanced Recovery President. “There is no atmospheric or ground water contamination. The glass is converted into silicone silicate. The lead is compressed into disks, palletized and sold to a battery manufacturer. There is no waste. The process was developed in Italy.”
“The process re-uses all the fluids in the separation process and has no effluent discharges.”
“We hope to finalize the contract with the Italian company on Friday. The drawback to the property is the distance
“We plan to employ 97 people at the plant, working in three shifts, daily. Most of the labor will be local. Wages are above the Pennsylvania minimum,” Rea said. “The process is costing $5 million to bring here. Mr. Sullivan is attempting to make sure that we stay in Pike County.”
“The plant, currently in Port Jervis in a residential neighborhood was presented the business of the month award,” Sullivan added.
“Farm Fresh, who had purchased the building at a cost of $175,000, didn't work out because the couldn't get a bank loan to improve the building due to the value of the building set at $175,000,” Sullivan explained.
[Editor’s note: The Florida-based hydroponic vegetable company, All Fresh Farms, announced in 2015 their purchase of this facility.]
Unavailable cable service
“Blue Ridge Communications franchise agreement with the township is up for renewal in May,” Chair Ed Simons stated.
“I can't get Blue Ridge services on Mozzette Road because the can't use the lines that are there,” Supervisor MaryAnn Hubbard noted. “The service should be available for everyone.”
“I don't think they lived up to their promises,” agreed Supervisor Gary Carlton. “It would cost $6,000 to get Blue Ridge to my house.
“They said that within 10 years, they would serve everyone in the township. They are not keeping up with growth,” Roger Altimeier, Planning Commission, noted.
The supervisors agreed to request a representative from Blue Ridge to come to the December supervisors' meeting to discuss their proposal to renew the franchise.
The supervisors set the vote for final adoption of the 2018 budget for the December supervisors' meeting. “There are no new taxes,” Simon noted.
The supervisors also agreed to attend a workshop at Palmyra Township to discuss emergency services.
Greene Township supervisors meet on the first Monday at 7 p.m. at the township offices on Brink Hill Road, Greentown.