PLAINFIELD — “Green is Good” was the popular phrase at the Plainfield ERI (Electronic Recyclers International) facility this week as officials announced that 150 new green jobs were coming to town.
The Association of Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts joined ERI as the company celebrated the completion of an expansion project at its Plainfield operation.
“These new green jobs are something to be celebrated,” said Bev Austin, a member of the Hendricks County Solid Waste Management Board.
Austin became a member of the board as part of her duties as an Avon Town Council member. She said she was more than happy to celebrate the success of ERI, a national recycler of electronics and e-waste.
“It is partnerships with companies like ERI that create more local jobs,” Austin said. “Thank you.”
Headquartered in Fresno, Calif., ERI was co-founded by John Shegerian. The company is licensed to demanufacture and recycle televisions, computer monitors, computers, and other types of electronic equipment.
The company has eight operations in seven states, including Indiana, California, Washington, Colorado, Massachusetts, Texas, and North Carolina.
Shegerian traveled to Indiana to make the announcement.
“The press release was a little light,” he said. “We’re hoping to bring 150 new green jobs to the people of Plainfield. It’s clearly a time where there are many seeking employment — especially in the growing green collar job market — and we are excited to be able to bring opportunities into the region.”
He said the goal of the company is to eventually have 350 employees working out of its Plainfield location.
“It’s simple math,” Shegerian said. “One ton of trash in a landfill equals one job. One ton of materials going into recycling equals seven jobs.”
In 2010, ERI moved its Indiana operation from Indianapolis to Plainfield, and began a one-and-a-half-year expansion project. The expansion brought the workforce from 20 to 145 today.