Waste and recycling collection company Sutera USA LLC is investing $2 million and creating 20 jobs to move into a facility in Greenville. Sutera estimates to expand to 10,000 units in the field within the next five years. The company plans to invest in R&D by engaging with regional universities.
Established in 2013, Sutera builds a semi-underground waste and recycling collection system using pre-case concrete wells and 1,200-gallon (six cubic yard) PVC-coated polyester fabric bags. The system is an alternative to traditional dumpsters, and is designed for solid waste and recycling best suited for multi-family parks, commercial and institutional use, according to the company.
“Sutera USA is pleased to demonstrate our continued commitment to South Carolina and the surrounding area by focusing in Greenville the development of our semi underground waste and recyclable material containment systems,” said Sutera President Bernie Melloul. “Our innovative alternative technology offers critical solutions for containment; the first stage in responsible waste and recycling management programs. We are excited to see that the Sutera technology and our associated servicing activities are in complete harmony and supportive of the growing regional recycling industry.”
“With a thriving recycling industry, South Carolina is home to more than 500 recycling firms, and we’re thrilled that Sutera is part of that impressive roster,” said S.C. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “I offer my congratulations to Sutera on their success in the Upstate and across North America and look forward to watching them grow in South Carolina for many years to come.”
Sutera says the units are environmentally friendly, animal resistant, odor resistant and secure. The facility will be located at 55 Commerce Center in Greenville.
“To see Sutera grow so quickly after headquartering in Greenville two years ago is a testament to the reciprocal benefits that the County and its partner industries enjoy,” said Greenville Area Development Corporation President and CEO Mark Farris. “Our business environment supports and enables growth on every level, from helping to expand Sutera’s physical footprint, to sustaining a community of highly-qualified, talented individuals to swell the ranks at their new facility.”