The 'For Sale' sign outside of
Nationwide Recycling LLC shown on Tuesday evening in West
by John Ehlke
WEST BEND - West Bend officials will meet with
executives of Quincy Recycle next week to discuss the
Illinois company’s plans for the 95,200-square-foot
industrial building a company affiliate recently bought
for $2.4 million.
Quincy Recycle, headquartered in Quincy, Illinois,
announced plans to open a recycling plant at
2230 Stonebridge Circle in West Bend Industrial Park
The affiliate is leasing the property to Quincy Recycle,
President Bryan Stokes said. Both companies have the
same owner, he said.
“We’re certainly excited to see it finally sold,” City
Administrator T.J. Justice said of the former Nationwide
Recycling building, which has been vacant since 2012.
“The first year we anticipate we’ll have 15 (employees)
and we’ll grow from there,” Stokes said Tuesday. “Our
plants have between 15 and 25 associates, generally.”
Established in 1974, privately-owned Quincy Recycle
provides business to business paper, plastic and metal
recycling and waste reduction services from plants in
Quincy (on the Mississippi River) and Alsip (south
Chicago area), Illinois, and New Haven, Indiana, along
with a brokerage business unit.
The company also closed on the purchase of a recycling
business in St. Louis on the same day as the West Bend
purchase, Stokes said.
Quincy Recycle has 100 employees,
Stokes said, with the additional two properties likely
to add 30 more next year.
The Alsip plant is nearing capacity,
Stokes said. Adding the West Bend site “allows us to
continue to grow the market.”
West Bend was not involved in the
sale of the industrial property, Justice said, although
he thought the West Bend’s increased online presence
might had helped draw attention to the site.
“There was quite a bit of interest
in that building. We had eight, nine tours of the
building for qualified leads in two and a half years,”
However, Quincy Recycle was not one
of those leads, he said.
“We hope to be operational no later
than March 1,” Stokes said.
Quincy will bring in new equipment
for the plant, he said. “The building itself is
fantastic. I don’t anticipate we’ll have to change much
to the building.”
The sale was handled by Prowess
Commercial Real Estate Services, Milwaukee. Nationwide
Recycling declared bankruptcy in 2011. The property was
purchased by Equitable Bank and sold to Quincy Recycle,
according to state records. The purchase price was
listed at $2.4 million.
Stokes called City Hall to schedule
the meetings, Justice said.
“They’re going to come in and chat
with us next week,” he said. “They initiated the
Among issues to be discussed,
Justice said, will be:
■ Introductions and a get-acquainted
■ Quincy Recycle’s plans for the now
vacant building, which was built as a recycling plant.
■ If any city conditional use
permits are needed depending on those plans.
■ The possible availability of West
Bend Revolving Loan incentive funds to assist in the
Quincy Recycling has not contacted
Economic Development Washington County, which
administers revolving loan funds for the county, EDWC
Business Solutions Specialist Deborah Reinbold said
“I have a feeling something may
develop after next week’s meetings,” she said.
Quincy Recycle already serves much
of Wisconsin from its existing plants, according to its
website, but the West Bend facility is expected to
increase its presence in the state.
excited to be entering the Wisconsin market,” Stokes