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Electronics recycler relocates facility

January 16, 2018
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Advanced Technology Recycling ATR Cottage Grove Street SE facility Grand Rapids
The Advanced Technology Recycling, or ATR, facility in southeast Grand Rapids. Courtesy ATR

A national electronics recycling and asset management company has moved its local operation.

Advanced Technology Recycling, or ATR, is leasing a 30,000-square-foot facility in Grand Rapids, at 355 Cottage Grove St. SE, from Amplify GR.

Amplify GR is a nonprofit formed to support the holistic redevelopment of vacant commercial and industrial assets in the neighborhoods surrounding Boston Square and Cottage Grove business districts.

The tenant’s broker was John Oppenhuizen of First Companies. The landlord’s broker was Ben Sietsema of Rockford Construction.

ATR relocated its local operation from an 18,000-square-foot facility in Wyoming, at 3714 Jefferson Ave. SE.

ATR need more space to accommodate expanding residential and commercial programs.

During the 2017 One Million Pound Challenge, the Jefferson Street location collected six times the number of consumer electronics needed to set a new Guinness World Record. Materials had to be diverted to the Illinois location due to space constraints.

The previous location had one loading dock, which slowed operations and prevented the group from implementing “hub” operations, which streamline processes, save money and create higher-paying jobs, according to Brodie Ehresman, national business development manager, ATR.

Stefan Szucs will lead the new facility, which includes six heated loading docks and a separate ground-level door for residential drop-offs.

The new facility allows ATR to expand its national fleet and provide improved reverse logistic services to customers throughout the U.S. and Canada, Ehresman said.

The added space will also be used for de-manufacturing processes that recover valuable commodities used in the next generation of electronics.

ATR plans to upgrade the Michigan operations from a “spoke” to a “hub,” which allows the company to provide local business customers with improved secure destruction, asset management and IT asset disposition services.

ATR hubs also test and refurbish qualified equipment that gets sold in secondary markets throughout the U.S. These programs are “essential to profit-sharing customers that seek net neutrality and healthier triple bottom lines,” Ehresman said.

ATR has immediate openings for 10-15 general warehouse, Class C drivers and entry-level technical positions, with higher-paying jobs for Class A drivers, A+ Certified Technicians and sales positions to be added later.

ATR is working with the local Michigan Works! office and Amplify GR to hire residents that live near the Cottage Grove and Boston Square neighborhoods.

“Residents of neighborhoods in southeast Grand Rapids have consistently named jobs as a top priority,” said Jon Ippel, executive director, Amplify GR. “Jobs that pay a fair wage, with benefits and profit sharing, are especially valuable to people who are looking for stable employment and decent working conditions.”

Planning is also underway for community wellness opportunities that include free recycling for schools and a special electronics recycling day for the 3,500 households that make up the Amplify GR Cottage Grove neighborhood.

Advanced Technology Recycling

Founded in 1992 by Ken and Barbara Ehresman, ATR utilizes a proprietary cloud-based platform to track millions of customer assets coming and going throughout the U.S. in real time.

ATR also provides a wide range of compliant services to environmentally conscious customers that require certified destruction, asset management and end-of-life recycling services for education, health care, government and Fortune 500 companies.

ATR successfully diverted more than 3-million pounds unwanted electronics from Michigan landfills in 2017. 

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