DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) –In Duncan, they're kicking off Earth Day by announcing plans to open a new recycling center by Christmas.
The Duncan Recycling and Refining, or DR2, program is re-engineered to simplify and streamline the recycling process for catalytic converters. This $12 million investment into the Duncan community will begin operations with 65 employees before Christmas.
As the factory becomes more efficient, they hope to add another smelter, add an additional 100 jobs and operate 24/7.
Lyle Roggow, the president for Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation, spoke about why the business chose Southwest Oklahoma to call home.
"Oklahoma makes sense. We have a tremendous workforce. We have a tremendous opportunity here and I'm sure Duncan has the capabilities to do things other communities can't do," Roggow said.
"The labor pool was perfect. The business environment was perfect. If I look back at what the state through the quality jobs and the economic fellowship foundation…it's just a tremendous opportunity," said David Nichols, president of Duncan Recycling and Refining.
Construction began in 2014 on the platinum group recovery method, which will recover precious metals from discarded catalytic converters.