Glen Olson Daily News
With a little help from the state, a new business is starting construction in St. Charles.
Approved by the St. Charles City Council in the spring, Envirolastech plans to officially break ground on their facility in December. Weather permitting, the ceremony will be Dec. 10, and construction crews have already begun moving topsoil.
The company will invest $3 million and create 26 jobs at its first production facility.
Jeff Mintz, CEO of Envirolastech, said they’ve been going “fast and furious,” and they expect the facility to be finished and functioning by April. The company recently received a boost with a $184,000 grant from the state Department of Employment and Economic Development this month.
The manufacturing facility will be in the Chattanooga Innovation Park, which the city opened to attract new employers in the wake of the 2009 North Star Foods fire.
The company will be spending around $2 million for machinery and equipment and $1 million for building the 18,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in the business park.
They expect jobs to pay an average $15.50 an hour, and be created over the next two years, according to DEED.
Mintz said he expects growth in the market once they test their materials in other products.
“Absolutely,” Mintz said. “The initial market is building materials, but the ability to expand into different markets is enormous.”
Envirolastech is a plastics manufacturer utilizing between 97 percent and 100 percent post-consumer (recycled) materials including plastics, glass and other mineral fills to produce a variety of clean-tech thermoplastic building materials, including dimensional wood-alternative lumber, siding, and blocks.
Mintz said that having completely recycled material, that can be re-recycled and is more durable than traditional materials, is the company’s main advantage.
In 2012, Envirolastech won the Minnesota Cup in the Clean Technology category.