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jwaluminum.com

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About JWA

Provider of flat-rolled aluminum products. The company's products include bare and coated fin stock; painted and bare building and distributor sheet; lubed and coated container sheet; cable wrap; litho sheet; foil and sheet for automotive heat shields; honeycomb foil; window blind stock; and converter foil products. The company's products primarily serve the heating, ventilation and air conditioning, building and construction, and light gauge converter foil and flexible packaging end-use markets in the United States.

JWA Headquarters Location

435 Old Mount Holly Road

Mount Holly, South Carolina, 29445,

United States

(843)572-1100

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WM offers access to student leaders

Apr 11, 2022

WM offers access to student leaders Houston-based waste and recycling company hosts 30 students from Tennessee State University. More than 30 Tennessee State University (TSU) students recently traveled to Houston to visit the WM (formerly Waste Management Inc.) corporate headquarters and meet with some of the company’s senior executives. The students from the Nashville, Tennessee, historically Black university are participants in the Leadership TSU program and were accompanied by Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Frank Stevenson. During their visit, the students heard from WM executives about the personal and professional experiences that have shaped their careers, and about the company’s approach to sustainability. “It was just very mind-blowing and very impactful seeing those [executives] and what WM is doing,” says Anarra Williams, a senior food and nutritional science major from Dayton, Ohio. “When I first got there, I just thought those were people who pick up our trash, but they really are honing on their sustainability piece—something I want to be a part of.” Nykole Allen Clark, a senior business administration major from Las Vegas, adds, “That exposure to them and the company itself totally changed our perception of WM. As a business major, I saw a lot and heard a lot to help me in my preparation as a student and as a leader. It was an ‘a-ha’ moment for me.” In their day-long visit, the students met with WM on several topics, including the company’s approach to sustainability and how that focus shapes its operations. As an example, WM says it focuses on materials recovery solutions at its area landfills, such as its 183-acre site in Nashville, home to what WM calls the only mixed construction and demolition (C&D) materials recovery facility in Davidson County, Tennessee. Students also engaged in question-and-answer sessions with WM leaders. Tamla Oates-Forney, who oversees WM’s “people team,” fielded questions from students about her experience as a black female executive in corporate America, describing education as an opportunity equalizer and commenting on why diversity and inclusion are important in leadership and the workplace. “The Houston trip was amazing; to have WM roll out the red carpet of leadership experience for our students was simply breathtaking,” says Stevenson. “They were intentional about making sure our students had a glimpse into their company’s culture. It was amazing conversation and dialogue between students and the WM executive team. I think our students were surprised at all of the components of WM .” The Leadership TSU visit is an extension of a three-year partnership between WM and TSU first announced in late 2021. Through that partnership, WM has committed $300,000 to TSU. WM says half of that funding will be directed toward sustainability research conducted in collaboration with TSU’s Colleges of Agriculture and Engineering and the other half will provide need-based scholarships each year to up to 10 students from the Nashville area who attend TSU . “The energy and curiosity of these student leaders was truly inspiring,” says Eddie McManus, Mid-South area vice president for WM. “This visit was a great way to kick off our relationship with TSU, and we look forward to all that is ahead, including building out the research program and getting to know more students through the internship and scholarship opportunities.” The success of environmental conservationism teach-ins at the University of Michigan prompted a group of community members to form Recycle Ann Arbor (RAA). The nonprofit’s goals are to reduce waste through education, promote outreach and reuse programs and ensure recyclables are in fact recycled. This zero-waste approach has informed the organization in everything it has done for more than 40 years—including a $7.25-million overhaul of a material recovery facility (MRF). “What we’re trying to do is honor the material as it goes completely through the facility,” says RAA CEO Bryan Ukena. “This means how we handle the material collection, how it's run through the facility and how we treat the people processing the material.” Local processing Before the facility opened, Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities transferred recyclables to a Cincinnati facility owned by Rumpke Waste & Recycling for about four years. The original MRF, which formerly was operated by Charlotte, North Carolina-based ReCommunity, which Phoenix-based Republic Services acquired in 2017, fell into disrepair. It was closed in 2016 because of safety concerns stemming from the status of the equipment. Instead, the site was operated as a transfer point between the community and the processing facility. The updated facility was funded in part by an $800,000 grant from Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). In addition to the grant, RAA raised $5.1 million in private funds from Level One Bank, Farmington Hills, Michigan, and $800,000 from Closed Loop Partners, New York, to finance the project. RAA partnered with Machinex , based in Plessissville, Quebec, to design its new processing system. RAA chose Machinex because Ukena had worked with the company on four other facilities and knew Machinex had experience retrofitting existing facilities. Work on the MRF took about a year to complete, and it officially opened Dec. 1, 2021. The facility is 55,000 square feet and has about 30 employees. It recovers mixed-color high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bottles, natural HDPEbottles, aluminum cans, steel cans, mixed paper, polyethylene terephthalate bottles, old corrugated containers (OCC) and glass. Ukena says MRF is designed to be a regional hub that can process 34,000 tons annually with a single shift. The MRF primarily serves the city of Ann Arbor under a 10-year contract. However, It also processes materials from Ypsilanti, Michigan, and the surrounding area. These cities previously shipped recyclables out of state for sorting or cut back their municipal recycling programs. Currently, RAA’s MRF takes in about 24,000 tons per month, and 91 percent of that material gets recycled, Ukena says. End-to-end sustainability Ukena says the driving force behind the MRF is its goal of zero-waste output at every stage of processing. Its physical redesign and operating strategy are driven by a zero-waste ethic to rebuild a credible, transparent recycling system. “We call it a zero-waste MRF as opposed to just a traditional integrated waste management,” Ukena says. “An integrated waste management MRF is just one that tries to process as much material as it can. Production and revenues are key [in those facilities].”  Ukena says the MRF prioritizes mitigating climate change, protecting the health of the workers on the line and preserving valuable resources alongside maintaining long-term financial viability. This means RAA considers how the material is collected, how it’s processed and how it can capture as much of the residual materials for reuse. The organization’s zero-waste principles began in the design process when RAA required Machinex to build around a two-ram baler from Harris , Cordele, Georgia and a glass breaker screen from CP Group of San Diego that the organization wanted to reuse. Machinex designed to have double the sorting capabilities, so the end product is the best quality. “We want to take the material to its highest value and best use,” Ukena says. “We want to make sure it has the chance for it to get recycled again and again.” The material is dumped on the southeast side of the facility and then loaded into a surge hopper and metering drum. It then goes to a presort house to remove hazardous items, such as lithium-ion batteries, plastic film and small appliances. Ukena says the house is fitted with climate control and air filtration, so the sorters aren’t subjected to harsh conditions while working. Next, the material encounters  an OCC screen, which removes large pieces of cardboard, and goes into the glass breaker. Once the glass has been removed, the remaining material is fed into two ballistic separators that separate paper from the plastic containers before it goes through an overhead magnet to capture ferrous material and an eddy current that recovers the aluminum. The material is then fed into an optical sorter that positively sorts PET. In the last stretch of sorting, the material gets filtered through two lines where workers sort the remaining OCC from the mixed paper. The sorted materials are placed into one of five bunkers that feed an in-ground conveyor that takes the material to the two-ram baler. Ukena says RAA will open some of the bales produced to ensure they are of the highest quality possible. RAA takes a community-based approach to the end markets it sells to the recovered recyclables to. The organization says it works to keep the material as local as possible, so it helps fund jobs and keeps money in the community. “We try to tighten our footprint as much as we can about where we go with stuff,” Ukena says. “We don't send it overseas. For example, our paper markets are 180 miles away and Wapakoneta, Ohio, where there is a tree-free mill that only uses recycled content.” One of the ways the organization chooses its consuming customers is based on how each facility supports its workers and local community. RAA also takes into consideration how a facility manages material. “We can't always [sell to consumers that support our commodities],” Ukena says. “This is a business, you know, but we take it very seriously when people place their recyclables at the curb. That's an agreement we make with our community that we're going to try to do the right thing with those materials and not throw them away or not use them as aggregate in landfills.” Room to grow Ukena says RAA plans to expand what it collects at the MRF. At the end of last year, EGLE awarded the organization a $200,000 grant to begin sorting No. 5, or polypropylene (PP), plastic. RAA is applying the money toward the installation of a Machinex SamurAI robot on the container line at the end of October. The robot will be fitted with a camera that will assist it in identifying items to positively sort. This includes PP, HDPE natural and HDPE colored. Ukena says the robot will make about 60 picks per minute. Additionally, Ukena says RAA has plans to install three more robots at the MRF over the next few years. While it’s unclear who will supply the robots, RAA is considering using them for quality control for used beverage cans and PET. The organization also is considering placing one on the container line to ensure no plastic was missed. Ukena says he hopes the work RAA has done at the facility can serve as a blueprint for other companies considering the same approach. “Recycling needs to be authentic to reap all the potential benefits it can bring,” Ukena said in a statement announcing the MRF’s opening. “In addition to creating much-needed recycling capacity to Southeast Michigan, we want our zero-waste MRF to be a model for anchoring effective recycling programs and systems.” Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) broke ground April 6 on a new $6.4 million technician training center at the company’s North American headquarters in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. Scheduled to open in early 2023, the world-class facility will host in-person and virtual training courses for heavy equipment technicians, according to a news release from the company. Next-generation technician training The training facility will be an extension of the 40-acre Volvo CE Customer Center  and include new machine bays, classrooms, a virtual lab with video, augmented reality and other technologies. Training opportunities will primarily be for Volvo dealer technicians and will include technical courses on equipment, as well as technology and services like machine control systems  and advanced telematics . There will also be training and demonstrations on electric machines, automation and connectivity. Advanced technology played a role in the groundbreaking ceremony with a Volvo ECR25 Electric compact excavator  officially breaking ground on the project. The first North American deliveries of the zero-emission electric excavator and L25 Electric compact wheel loader  are scheduled for this spring and will soon be working on construction sites, farms and in other applications. Elected officials praise project In addition to supporting Volvo CE dealers and customers, the $6.4 million training center is an investment in the Pennsylvania economy. “I congratulate Volvo CE on the groundbreaking of its brand-new North American technician training facility,” said U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. “Not only does this project provide advanced opportunities for Volvo’s workforce and customers, but it demonstrates the company’s continued investment in Pennsylvania and the local Shippensburg community.” U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Pennsylvania, also was on hand to offer his thanks and congratulations. “Volvo employs thousands of Pennsylvanians, many in good-paying manufacturing jobs,” said Casey. “This center shows Volvo’s commitment to investing in their workers by providing them with skills and training to succeed at Volvo.” Pennsylvania District 13 Rep. Dr. John Joyce said the project showed his district is “open for business.” “This $6.4 million expansion of the Volvo CE Customer Center will be a decisive asset for the Shippensburg community,” he added. “Having visited this incredible facility, I appreciate Volvo’s commitment to Franklin and Cumberland counties, and I am confident that this facility will continue to produce family-sustaining jobs for decades to come.” Design and construction work is being led by several Pennsylvania firms: Herbert, Rowland & Grubic Inc. will design the site, and NUTEC and Waynesboro Construction will team up on architecture and engineering. “Technicians are critical to contractors’ success, supporting their productivity and uptime, and it’s well known that the construction industry needs more skilled technicians,” Volvo CE Region North America President Stephen Roy says. “Our investment in this facility shows our commitment to supporting our dealers and customers, as well as the future of the industry.” The San Antonio City Council has approved an ordinance awarding Balcones Resources Inc., headquartered in Austin, Texas, a 15-year municipal recycling contract that will begin Aug. 1, 2024. Under the terms of the contract, Balcones will build and operate a 200,000-square-foot, $47 million material recovery facility (MRF) and recycling education center in San Antonio. The facility will combine the latest innovations in recycling technology with employee wellness and community engagement programs, according to the company. This will be the Balcones' sixth recycling facility and the fourth in Texas. “The city of San Antonio has a long history of sustainability and, being one of the fastest-growing municipalities in the country, they had a very clear expectation for the future of their recycling program,” Balcones President Adam Vehik says. “Our goal was to deliver a recycling campus that was without peer anywhere in the country.” The campus’ MRF will be custom-engineered to prioritize high recycling capture rates, employee safety and quality control, the company says. The MRF will feature the latest technology to ensure Balcones produces the highest-grade materials possible. “Recycling continues to be a better economic option than the landfill, and our commitment to recovery rates and material quality will have a direct financial benefit to the city of San Antonio,” Vehik says. “We are excited about the environmental and economic impact that the recycling campus will bring to the community.” Balcones says all recyclables recovered at the MRF will be marketed in North America, prioritizing Texas-based companies. The company says it will create approximately 70 new full-time environmental jobs in San Antonio to operate the facility. The campus will include a number of on-site resources: employee wellness amenities that include integrated walking trails, recreational facilities and a community garden program; an interactive viewing gallery and education outreach activities for the community; energy-conservation design innovations, including solar panels, passive lighting, native landscaping and electric charging stations; and drop-off options for recyclables outside of the city program. Charleston, South Carolina-based JW Aluminum says it has joined the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) as a “Production & Transformation” member. The Melbourne, Australia-based ASI describes itself as a global nonprofit standards-setting and certification organization. ASI says it encourages collaboration between aluminum producers, users and stakeholders to “foster responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminum.”  JW Aluminum produces rolled aluminum sheet and foil at its facilities in South Carolina and Arkansas. The company uses a high percentage of recycled aluminum content in its process and produces aluminum that can be infinitely recycled, says the firm. “Joining the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative reinforces our strong commitment to sustainability and broader environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives,” says Ryan Roush, JW chief operating officer. “Given our position in the aluminum value chain, we have a unique opportunity, and responsibility, to leverage aluminum's everlasting nature to its fullest.” As a new member, JW Aluminum is beginning the certification process for its recently expanded facility in Goose Creek, South Carolina. “It’s a rigorous, comprehensive and cross-functional process that will provide added transparency to our core customers and all stakeholders who share the goal to achieve a circular economy and live up to ESG principles, says Roush. “We’re committed to secure a safe, sustainable future for generations to come, for the good of all stakeholders, American manufacturing and our planet.”

Apr 9, 2022
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  • Where is JWA's headquarters?

    JWA's headquarters is located at 435 Old Mount Holly Road, Mount Holly.

  • What is JWA's latest funding round?

    JWA's latest funding round is Acquired.

  • Who are the investors of JWA?

    Investors of JWA include FS Investments.

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