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German-Based MAIREC Establishing Recycling Operations in Spartanburg County

MAIREC establishing recycling operations in Spartanburg County
Company investing $4.6 million to open new Upstate facility


On July 21, 2015, the South Carolina Department of Commerce announced that MAIREC, a Germany-based metals recycler, is establishing operations in Spartanburg County. The $4.6 million investment is expected to create 35 new jobs in Spartanburg over the next five years.

Headquartered in Alzenau, Germany, MAIREC specializes in the recovery of high-valued rare metals from recycled goods which contain them. This is a first overseas operation for MAIREC, which already boasts a diverse customer base across a number of industries, including automotive, chemical, electronics, petrochemical, pharmaceuticals, porcelain, solar, surface technology and telecommunications.

To house its new South Carolina operations, MAIREC is leasing a 50,800-square-foot building at 230 Converse Road in Spartanburg. Situated less than four miles from Interstate 85, the facility will allow the company to meet increasing demand in both the North American and global markets and service its well-established client base in North America. 


"This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for MAIREC, and we are very proud to be working so closely with the state, the county and all the stakeholders to make it happen. Being present in North America and servicing this market is a major milestone for our company, and we are glad to be able to bring our technology and know-how and combine it with the business-friendly and open environment of South Carolina. We fell in love with the state and its people as soon as we set out to find a location for the plant."  MAIREC President Mikhail Khaimov


David Britt, chairman of the Economic Recruitment and Development Committee of Spartanburg County and member of the Economic Futures Group Board, added "Spartanburg is thrilled to welcome MAIREC to our community and the life they will breathe into an existing building. MAIREC¹s advanced recycling technology serves the needs of their clients and will also benefit our existing industry. This project represents great collaboration amongst our local public and private sector businesses and I thank the Economic Futures Group, County Council, and the Department of Commerce for their leadership." 
Expected to be fully operational by September 2015, hiring for the 35 positions is anticipated to begin in August 2015. At that time, those interested in joining the MAIREC team should contact Phillips Staffing in Greenville, S.C. More information about the company can be found at

About the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce's Economic Futures Group

Economic Futures Group (EFG), formerly known as Spartanburg Economic Development Corporation, is working to drive the international business movement in the Southeast. With 80+ international firms representing 18 countries, including BMW, Milliken, Michelin, Cryovac, Kohler and Invista to name a few, it is only fitting that the New York Times reports Spartanburg, SC as having the highest per capita international investment in the nation. EFG’s target industries – automotive, plastics, metalworking and distribution – are reflective of existing industries as well as sectors expected to perform well economically in the area.

Spartanburg, uniquely situated at the crossroads of I-85 and I-26, is positioned to attract nationally recognized headquarters of companies such as Extended Stay America, Advance America, and Denny’s.  Clearly, business flourishes in this area as a result of the I-85 corridor, pro-business climate, cultural amenities and unparalleled quality of life-all located in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

Quite naturally, the area is a prime destination for companies around the world. 

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MAIREC is a technology-based metals processing and recycling facility specializing in rare and high-valued materials. By adding its know-how to the process of recycling and reclaiming metals from complex materials, MAIREC not only adds value to the supply chain, but also ensure safeguarding of rare resources for future generations. For more information, visit

About SC Department of Commerce
As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as Boeing, Bridgestone, Continental,, Volvo Cars, ZF Group, BMW and Google Inc. and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. Commerce partners with the S.C Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. Consistently, South Carolina has ranked as one of the top states in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment, according to IBM-Plant Location International and FDI Markets reports. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012, 2014 and 2015. For more information, visit