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ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES & EQUIPMENT | Recycling

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Founded Year

2019

Stage

Unattributed | Alive

Total Raised

$2.41M

Last Raised

$2.41M | 2 yrs ago

About Levitated Metals

Levitated Metals is a metal recycling company that uses a special method of "floating" to separate scrap metal.

Levitated Metals Headquarter Location

31 Melville Glen Pl

Conroe, Texas, 77384,

United States

Latest Levitated Metals News

American Trash Management acquires Washington equipment firm

Apr 9, 2021

American Trash Management acquires Washington equipment firm California-based commercial waste equipment provider increases presence in Pacific Northwest with acquisition. Emeryville, California-based American Trash Management (ATM), a provider of waste and recycling equipment, chute installation, and repair and maintenance services, has expanded to the Pacific Northwest with its acquisition of Portland, Oregon-based RamCoNW. Existing RamCoNW customers will continue to receive chute and compaction services but will also now have access to ATM’s “full suite of trash management services,” says ATM. “Adding RamCoNW to the ATM family is an exciting step for us,” says Steven Seltzer, ATM’s chief operating officer. “Clients rave about the service and quality the company offers its Oregon clients, and we’re thrilled to continue that tradition while also providing additional products and services.” “This feels like the right next step for our company,” says Lisa Menken, president of RamCoNW. “Our clients are our lifeblood, and being able to not only continue providing top-notch chute and compactor services, but also offer next-generation waste solutions is a dream for us.” In 2021 and beyond, ATM says it is seeking to partner with other “high-quality, well-established and respected regional trash system service operations.” On its website , RamCoNW has retained its brand name while also referring to itself as “an American Trash Management company.” Founded in 1990, ATM says it provides sophisticated, cost-saving trash management products and services to private and public sector customers in North America, including waste and recycling equipment, trash chutes and accompanying installation, repair and maintenance services and—through its SmartTrash subsidiary—ongoing waste management services. Levitated Metals has begun operations at its heavy media plant in New Caney, Texas, which is near Houston. The company also has expanded its executive team with the addition of David Burlison and Glenn Gunter. Burlison has joined the company as director of marketing. He is responsible for purchasing zorba from domestic automobile shredder operators. Levitated Metals Burlison Prior to his new role at Levitated, Burlison was a senior metals trader at Real Alloy. He also has worked for Custom Alloys in California and has been in the scrap industry for more than 25 years. “Levitated has become a valued partner to nearby suppliers in our first months of operations,” Burlison says. “I look forward to providing the same competitive pricing and easy logistics as we expand beyond Texas.” Gunter is director of operations and leads the Levitated team in producing high-quality low-magnesium twitch for the secondary aluminum industry. He has been providing operations leadership at Levitated since the first piece of equipment was installed. “Every equipment design decision and operational choice is driven by our primary goal: to provide our customers the superior aluminum twitch that only a dual-stage heavy media flotation plant can generate,“ Gunter says. Prior to joining Levitated , Gunter served as operations manager for Upstate Shredding, which is headquartered in New York, and as general manager for SA Recycling’s Mobile, Alabama, facility, where he oversaw auto shredder operations. Levitated Metals Gunter The New Caney facility was constructed during the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in many unexpected challenges, according to the company. “Our supply partners worked tirelessly to ensure a safe and healthy startup,” says Ronak Shah, the company’s president. “We navigated equipment supply chain disruptions and the difficulties of international travel for overseas technical experts.” Levitated Metals held a groundbreaking  ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, to mark the start of construction of its heavy media flotation plant in the East Montgomery County Industrial Park about 35 miles northeast of Houston. Shah most recently worked with Alter Trading Corp., St. Louis, as the company’s vice president of strategy and technology, a position he held for roughly six years. Prior to that, he was the company’s senior director of operations strategy. Shah also worked for Portland, Oregon-based Schnitzer Steel Industries as director of continuous improvement. The plant is expected to produce 10 million pounds per month when operating at full scale. The Houston-area location is close to suppliers and consumers and offers a busy container port and strong workforce, Shah said when construction on the facility was announced. Interstate Highway 10, I-45 and I-69 also are main thoroughfares for aluminum shipments into the Southeast United States. “We are centrally located to a number of large auto shredders,” he told Recycling Today, “and on the main thoroughfare that feeds the automotive industry in the Southeast with aluminum from Monterrey, Mexico.” Polystyrene (PS) producer AmSty, The Woodlands, Texas, and Agilyx Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Agilyx AS of Oslo, Norway, a developer of advanced recycling technology for plastics, have signed an agreement to explore the development of a jointly owned advanced recycling facility. The companies say the initial scope of the project will be a 50-to-100-ton-per-day advanced recycling facility at AmSty’s styrene production facility in St. James, Louisiana. The facility will be a next-generation expansion of Agilyx’s advanced recycling technology already in use at the parties’ Regenyx joint venture operating in Tigard, Oregon, where postuse PS products are converted into virgin-equivalent styrene monomer. A feasibility study for the project is under way, with a timeline for construction and commissioning to be announced as progress continues, the companies say in a news release about the proposed venture. "Polystyrene is an ideal material for the future of recycling,” says Dr. Randy Pogue, president and chief executive officer of AmSty . "Not only can polystyrene products offer sustainability advantages where less material is required (e.g., a polystyrene foam cup is 95 percent air), but polystyrene is particularly advantageous for advanced recycling because it can be ‘unzipped’ back to its original liquid form, styrene monomer, using 40 percent less energy than other polymers.” “Development of this technology has picked up over the past decade, and it is time to reach a larger scale,” says Tim Stedman, chief executive officer of Agilyx . “We have been operating Regenyx with AmSty since 2019 and are pleased to expand our relationship toward a much larger facility at St. James.” He adds, “Joining AmSty as a co-investor underlines our commitment to accelerating the implementation of Agilyx advanced recycling technology and our licensing model. We believe that our technology will significantly increase the availability of recycled content for producers.” Feedstock for this collaboration would be accessed via Cyclyx , Agilyx’s feedstock management company. AmSty is a founding member of the Cyclyx consortium. The Cyclyx platform encompasses chemical characterization of plastics, predictive modeling of feed sources to product pathways, custom feedstock recipes and customized supply chains to deliver waste plastic feedstocks appropriate for recycling pathways. Nth Cycle, the Boston-based maker of a recycling technology that extracts critical metals from batteries, e-waste, low-grade ore and mine tailings, has secured $3.2 million in funding from investors led by Clean Energy Ventures, also based in Boston. Nth Cycle uses what it describes as an environmentally friendly process called electro-extraction to recover cobalt and other minerals from discarded batteries and mining ores and waste using electricity and carbon filters. The company says electro-extraction is a cleaner, lower-cost alternative to conventional pyrometallurgy and hydrometallurgy processes used by battery recyclers and mining companies to recover cobalt, nickel and manganese for battery manufacturing. “As demand for batteries increases dramatically in the coming decades, we need a sustainable process for recycling and reusing critical minerals to build a secure, low-cost domestic supply chain for electric vehicles and energy storage that avoids imports from unreliable and politically unstable regions,” says Daniel Goldman, managing director at Clean Energy Ventures. “Nth Cycle’s best-in-class technology reduces the volume of e-waste headed for landfills, improves the effectiveness of existing mines and can ultimately have a material impact on climate change by mitigating over 2.5 billion tons of CO2 emissions over the next thirty years through cleaner processing and re-use of critical minerals.” Nth Cycle, which developed its technology at Harvard University and Yale University, recently opened new operations in the Boston area and will use the funding to execute its technology road map and deploy several pilot projects with recyclers and mine operators early next year, according to a news release issued by the company and Clean Energy Ventures. The company says battery recyclers, operators of existing and proposed mines, automotive original equipment manufacturers, micromobility companies and battery manufacturers are interested in the technology to reduce reliance on imported critical metals or environmentally unfriendly recovery technologies. “Separating critical minerals from other metals in the recycling and mining process can be costly and complex,” says Daniel Miller, Innovation Crossroads program lead at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. “A technology like Nth Cycle’s reduces the cost, footprint and environmental impact of producing recycled metals that have exactly the same composition and performance as newly mined minerals.” “A significant fraction of the critical minerals needed for the transition to electric vehicles are already in circulation today, we just haven’t had a clean, profitable way of retrieving them, until now,” says Megan O’Connor, CEO and founder of Nth Cycle. “Through electro-extraction, we’re turning waste into valuable resources and we look forward to bringing this technology to battery recyclers and miners so we can all move together on a path toward a more sustainable planet.”   The Plastics Industry Association has announced industry guidance designed to ensure packaging made with postconsumer resin meets and exceeds compliance requirements with several U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations related to food-contact materials (FCM). The guidance document was developed over a two-year process that combined association member companies’ industry insight with the association’s regulatory expertise. “As recyclers know, federal requirements for post-consumer recycled plastics usage in food-contact applications can be extremely complex,” says George Southworth, senior director of the Plastics Industry Association Processors and Brand Owners Advisory Group. “This guidance document is the result of a collaborative effort with our valued members and will provide clarity in understanding and writing compliance statements for recycled material in food packaging.” “We are a company that values both community citizenship and innovations that improve customer and consumer experiences, so we’ve been actively advocating for expanding access to high-quality recycled plastics,” says Phil Berrier, Product Safety & Compliance and Analytical Services leader at Printpack, Inc., Atlanta. “The guidance we created will further open supply chain collaboration for food-safe recycled materials so food packaging converters can keep up with downstream demand and brand owners can confidently promote their products.” Key elements of the guidance document address: food contact status;

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