March 3rd, 2023

Materials Recovery Facility Launched in Newaygo

American Classic announce the establishment of a material recovery facility in Newaygo, adding 10 new jobs and $2M in capital investment

Advanced Manufacturing Newaygo County Business Development Projects

Today, American Classic, a Muskegon County-based family-owned business, and The Newaygo County Economic Development Partnership, powered by The Right Place announced the establishment of a material recovery facility (MRF) at 313 W State Road in Newaygo. The company plans to add 10 new jobs and invest approximately $2M in capital to support the increasing demand for recycling infrastructure.

American Classic, established in 2001, began as a roofing company and now serves customers across the region through commercial and residential construction services, construction supply equipment, and commercial and residential garbage and dumpster service. To expand their recycling operations, they acquired Cart Right Recycling in 2022 which focused on residential post-consumer recycling hauling and collection.

American Classic recently purchased the vacant building at 313 W State Road. This facility will be a central location to receive, sort, bale, and market recyclable materials from across the region. With only one other MRF location in the greater West Michigan region, this project brings a much-needed resource for recycling infrastructure, with the initial goal of diverting 5 million pounds of landfill-bound commodities annually. American Classic is searching for new municipal and industrial partners along with expanding its residential recycling footprint.

“American Classic is poised to become a recycling leader in the West Michigan region,” said Lola Harmon-Ramsey, Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement at American Classic. “With new solid waste management laws coming into effect at the state level, we are excited to help our local cities and county leadership teams expand their recycling services within their rural communities.  A circular economy isn’t just good for the environment but also creates new jobs and economic development opportunities.”

The Newaygo County Economic Development Partnership worked closely with both Cart Right and American Classic leadership throughout the 15-month-long process, bringing resources and technical assistance to aid in the project’s success. Their partner, Michigan Works! West Central supported this project with a $35,640 workforce development package, which will provide technical assistance and training grants to support the added workforce. The Newaygo County Economic Development Partnership also connected American Classic with Great Lakes Energy, and they have been approved for a United States Department of Agriculture and Rural Development 0% interest loan to support their growth.

“We are excited to celebrate American Classic’s new location,” said Julie Burrell, Economic Development Director of the Newaygo County Economic Development Partnership at The Right Place, “Their investment in Newaygo re-activates a vacant space and provides a critical resource to support long-term recycling sustainability throughout the region.”

In addition to establishing the MRF, American Classic has worked with the County of Newaygo to obtain a Quality Improvement grant with The Recycling Partnership and the State of Michigan, Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), as well as an infrastructure grant to provide more recycling collection receptacles at local schools and campgrounds, further solidifying the region’s recycling infrastructure.