Wieland North America breaks ground on $100 million copper recycling center

SHELBY COUNTY, Ky. — Wieland North America leaders celebrated the grand opening of a new $100 million copper and copper alloy recycling facility that will create up to 75 good jobs for local residents and job creation additional is planned in the future.

The new recycling facility was announced in May 2021 and is located on 79 acres off McConnell Way (formerly an extension of Isaac Shelby Drive) in Shelby County. The plant will smelt and recycle scrap copper and copper alloys for use in the manufacture of semi-finished products for customers across North America. The new facility will also position Wieland for future investment and job creation at the site. In February 2021, the company announced that it would locate its new North American headquarters in Louisville with an investment of $8.8 million, creating 75 additional full-time jobs.

“Wieland is excited to expand its presence in the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” said Matt Bedingfield, President of Wieland North America Recycling and SVP of Global Metal Supply. “The incredible support from Governor Beshear, as well as county and local leaders, has been instrumental in our progress thus far. We look forward to being part of the Shelbyville community and growing our presence in the state.” . »

Wieland North America manufactures copper and copper alloy products including plate, strip, foil, tubing, rod and other fabricated components for its North American customers. The company also rerolls and shapes other metals, such as stainless steel and carbon steel. In addition, Wieland operates a distribution and processing network consisting of 15 locations nationwide. Its products are used in a variety of industries, including building and construction, munitions, automotive, coinage and electronic/electrical components.

To encourage investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in May 2021 approved the company for tax incentives through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA). KEIA allows licensed companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research and development, and electronic processing.

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