Plastics recycler builds $65 million tech center


Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS), recently ranked as the largest plastics recycler in North America, is investing $65 million in a state-of-the-art technology center near its headquarters in Hilliard, OH.

The 110,000 square foot facility will advance sustainable solutions as a showcase for LEED Silver certification. The inauguration of the works is scheduled for October with an opening scheduled for the end of 2023.

“ADS’s Engineering and Technology Center will be the world’s most advanced stormwater engineering center dedicated to product engineering, materials science – including recycled plastics – and manufacturing,” said Scott Barbour, President and CEO of ADS. “This new facility will accelerate our development of products designed to capture, transport, store and process our most precious resource: water.

Recycled plastics will figure prominently in the center’s mission “to improve the quality of life in communities across North America,” he added.

ADS will consolidate all of its manufacturing engineering, product development and testing developments at the center by establishing a number of laboratories, including:

  • A product development laboratory focused on the entire life cycle of a product;
  • a manufacturing lab to develop prototype parts and test fixtures;
  • a laboratory to analyze the structural performance of the prototypes;
  • a 3D printing lab to quickly develop and verify designs;
  • a hydraulics laboratory that supports ADS’ water treatment activities, including separation, traditional filtration, and low-impact development filtration;
  • a state-of-the-art manufacturing and engineering prototyping laboratory;
  • materials science labs for performance testing, structural and chemical analysis and extrusion capability for product formulation development.

“These new, state-of-the-art labs will develop innovations that will preserve our environment, reduce plastic in our landfills, and create high-demand jobs in the Columbus area,” said JobsOhio President and CEO JP Nauseef. . JobsOhio, a private economic development company, and regional partner One Columbus helped ADS choose the site for the facility and work with area stakeholders to get the project off the ground.

Using LEED building techniques “supports our commitment to sustainability and advances progress toward ADS’ 10-year sustainability goals,” Barbour said. “The design of this facility will also allow for the safe observation of the exciting products and technologies that make ADS the world’s leading provider of onsite stormwater and septic wastewater solutions.


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