ORPET cut the ribbon on its new $11 million PET recycling facility in St. Helens in April. The plant has begun initial operations with 25 employees and plans to scale up to 50 workers when it reaches peak production. Ultimately, the plant will process 90 percent of the material generated by Oregon's drinking bottle recycling program. St. Helens was a natural fit for the ORPET project given its extraordinary access to surface and rail transportation facilities, plus the availability of a skilled workforce with deep industrial production experience.
The opening attracted many enthusiastic supporters from the community--plus musical accompaniment by the St. Helens High School Marching Band--all were pleased to share in the celebration, and welcome ORPET to the area.