Ecore International to invest $25.5M in new Alabama plant

Paula Wolf//September 6, 2022

Ecore International to invest $25.5M in new Alabama plant

Paula Wolf//September 6, 2022

Lancaster-based Ecore International, a privately held company that specializes in transforming reclaimed materials into flooring and surface products, is investing $25.5 million to open a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Ozark, Alabama.

The news was announced last week by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, who said it will create 84 jobs. A release from her office said Ecore is the largest converter of reclaimed rubber in North America.

As part of the project, Ecore is buying an existing building and will equip it to reclaim the rubber from used truck tires, from which it will manufacture flooring and surface products.

“Ecore International is a great addition for Alabama’s business community, and its decision to locate an advanced manufacturing and recycling facility in Dale County will have a major economic impact on the rural area,” Ivey said. “This project in Ozark will bring good manufacturing jobs to the citizens there and spark new opportunities throughout the region.”

The full-time jobs will pay an average annual salary of nearly $42,500, according to the Alabama Department of Commerce.

Ecore CEO Art Dodge added that the business is happy to be partnering with the city of Ozark, Dale County and the state of Alabama.

“Since its inception, Ecore has transformed over 2 billion pounds of rubber waste into surfaces that make people’s lives better,” he said. “All Ecore manufacturing facilities are certified ‘zero waste,’ amplifying the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship.”

Last year, the company upcycled, or creatively reused, over 100 million pounds of truck tires “into high-value manufactured products,” the release said.

Markets for its products include nursing homes, hotels, fitness centers, recreation centers, retailers and schools.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer