New business locating to Byrdstown
By: AMANDA HILL BOND,
Byrdstown has been chosen as the location of new business Cellular Recycling Inc. Cellular Recycling Inc. signed the lease/purchase agreement for the old OshKosh building with the City of Byrdstown last Wednesday, December 21st. The lease will consist of two years, where they will then have option to purchase the building.
Cellular Recycling Inc., owned by Matthew and Rachel Chitwood of Scott County, Tennessee, were looking for a facility that best suited their needs, and out of three counties, they chose Pickett County.
"We have been in this type of business for 11 years and are glad to be coming to Byrdstown. We have long term plans for this business opportunity. We are so grateful to Rep. Kelly Keisling who is the reason we decided to locate here, he was such a big help."
According to the Chitwoods, the business will consist of electronic and cell phone recycling. The cell phones and accessories will be brought in on skids which contain around 2000-3000 items. They will recycle 100 percent of cell phones, chargers, and accessories by breaking them down to commodity form. Once the product is shredded and all the metals, plastics and boards are separated, they will be sent to a smelter for another recycled product. The batteries will also be sent to various processing facilities. They hope to also add computers, TV's and anything with an electric cable to be recycled at the facility in the near future.
The previous lease for the building was with Heft Industries Inc. The lease which originally starting in August 2010, was terminated many times due to the terms not being met of the contract. The Town of Byrdstown had negotiated with Heft and ultimately the business defaulted on the requirements set forth by the town resulting in permanent loss of the lease.
Byrdstown Mayor Chris Thompson told the PRESS, "I am looking forward to working with Matthew and Rachel. It is good to see a young couple like them come to this area and set-up their business and create jobs. They have intentions of having 15-17 employees within a year with the operation to start-up in the spring. The estimated wages for these jobs should be around $8 per hour."
With Pickett County's current unemployment rate at 14.5 percent, that many jobs will be a big help for the many who are searching for employment.