Recycling industry to open local warehouse

Thursday, June 25, 2009
Excavation work underway for new warehouse Democrat Photo MARCK Industries, Inc., has begun excavation work at a site on Sale Barn Road in Cassville where a 36,000-square-foot warehouse facility will be constructed this summer. The facility will be used to store and process recyclable products.

MARCK Industries, Inc., which offers a variety of recycling services, plans to open a new warehouse on Sale Barn Road in Cassville this year. The 36,000-square-foot facility will be used to store and process recyclable products.

"The warehouse will be used for some recycling activities, but mostly as a storage facility for recycling materials," said Berlan Crouch, MARCK Industries chief financial officer. "The most common materials that will be stored at the facility will be paper products."

High quantities of cardboard and other paper products from businesses and industries in and around Barry County will be stored at the new warehouse. Some other recyclable products, like stretch wrap, will also be housed at the facility. Currently these products are taken to the Rogers, Ark., facility.

"Initially, we will only have one or two employees at the warehouse," said Crouch. "Eventually, we will be processing material, but the main purpose of the building right now is storage."

Kent Longley founded MARCK Industries in the Kansas City area around 14 years ago. In 2003, Longley relocated the business' headquarters to Cassville.

"MARCK Industries' offices are located in a small house and garage converted to office space on Second Street in Cassville," said Crouch. "Kent already owned the property where the warehouse is being constructed. At a later date, this property will also become the site of an office building.

"MARCK Industries owns a full recycling facility in Rogers, Ark., but the business operates in Cassville and we all live locally," said Crouch. "That is why we decided to build a warehouse and a bigger office here."

Although the business will operate a local warehouse, MARCK Industries will continue to process materials at facilities in Republic, Rogers and Brookland, Ark., Gardner, Kan., and Johnstown, N.Y.

"We will have the trucks that are used to move and store products maintained at the new warehouse," said Crouch. "It will have repair bays for servicing and repairing trucks. We will also have over-the-road trailers on-site for repair and storage, and fork lifts and bailers of various sizes will be housed at the warehouse."

In addition to processing recyclables, the business operates a brokerage service, which finds purchasers for processed recycled materials. The business brokers products to regional, national and export accounts.