FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2008
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND PRATT INDUSTRIES OPEN EXPANDED PAPER RECYCLING MILL
$20 Million Expansion Brings 100 New "Green Collar" Jobs to Staten Island
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Pratt Industries CEO & Chairman Anthony Pratt today opened the expanded Pratt paper recycling mill on Staten Island. The new facility contains a material recovery facility, where paper and plastic recyclables can be processed, and a corrugated box factory, where recycled paper can be converted into corrugated boxes. Before today's opening, Pratt Industries had to ship materials from the existing paper recycling mill to other Pratt plants for converting into boxes. This plant contributes to the achieving the PlaNYC goal of reducing Citywide carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030. The Mayor and Mr. Pratt were joined at the announcement by Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro, City Council Sanitation and Solid Waste Management Committee Chair Mike McMahon, Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty and Economic Development Corporation President Seth Pinsky.
"This expansion advances two goals that are essential to our City's future: creating new jobs and promoting environmental sustainability, which in today's economy go hand-in-hand," said Mayor Bloomberg. "The recycling that happens here is also a vital part of the city's Solid Waste Management Plan: this plant recycles approximately 1,100 tons of waste paper and old corrugated containers every day - preventing the release of 1,200 tons of carbon emissions and saving the equivalent of 17,000 trees."
"I want to thank Mayor Bloomberg. If not for his leadership, we could not have expanded our operations here," said Anthony Pratt of Pratt Industries. "He's created an environment, so to speak, which facilitates investment in waste recovery, which is a great 21st century industry for New York. We're proud to play a part in that recovery, turning waste paper into manufacturing jobs for New Yorkers."
"Under the stewardship of Anthony Pratt and his associates, Pratt has again demonstrated their commitment to New York as a great place to do business," said Borough President Molinaro. "I look forward to continuing to work with Pratt to carry out this exciting new initiative."
"This expansion of the recycling plant on Staten Island is an important milestone marking the continued success of our City's paper recycling program," said Chair McMahon. "Recycling is not only good for the environment, but is it good for our economy and is providing excellent union jobs here in our borough. We look forward to working with Pratt and the Department of Sanitation in helping our recycle program grow and flourish in the future."
Pratt Industries invested $20 million in the expansion, bringing total private investment in the site up to more than $330 million over the last decade. The mill employs 240 people, and the expansion has brought 100 new full-time jobs to Staten Island.
Each year, the plant processes 200,000 tons of waste paper collected from residential sources in the City, more than half of which is delivered to the facility by barge. The finished product leaves the plant by rail. The City has added a mile-long rail spur along Staten Island's western shore that directly connects the mill to the Staten Island Railroad, helping achieve greenhouse gas reductions outlined in PlaNYC as well as reducing traffic congestion and pollution. Mayor Bloomberg reactivated the Staten Island railroad in April 2007, and since then all of Staten Island's solid waste has been transported by train rather than truck, a defining feature of the City's Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP).
"We're proud to see another important project facilitated by our Industrial Development Agency bear fruit," said Seth W. Pinsky, EDC President, and Chairman, New York City Industrial Development Agency (NYCIDA). "This expansion at Pratt Industries will continue to generate quality manufacturing jobs for the people of Staten Island, produce additional revenue for the City and contribute to a cleaner environment."
"The Sanitation Department has worked very closely with Pratt Industries over the years to deliver to their modern plant a steady stream of recyclable paper products - both by barge and by land - that is being turned from today's empty cereal box into tomorrow's pizza box," said Commissioner Doherty. "This excellent partnership has allowed the City to reduce its waste, reuse its resources and recycle hundreds of tons of paper each day."
Pratt Industries operates more than 50 facilities across the United States employing 3,500 people in manufacturing 100% recycled paper and packaging. Since the Staten Island paper mill began operations on Staten Island in 1997, it has recycled over 3.2 million tons of paper, saved more than 54.5 million trees, and prevented 3 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere. The New York City Industrial Development Agency (IDA) issued $120 million in tax-exempt bonds when the mill first opened.
Stu Loeser / Jason Post (212) 788-2958
Michael Oregan (Pratt) (845) 494-1511