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January 16, 2020

Levitated Metals Begins Construction Of Houston Heavy Media Aluminum Plant

Levitated Metals held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday to mark the beginning of construction for Texas’s newest Heavy Media flotation plant. The new plant is located in the East Montgomery County Industrial Park in New Caney, TX.

Levitated Metals Begins Construction Of Houston Heavy Media Aluminum Plant

New Caney, Texas, January 15, 2020 – Levitated Metals held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday to mark the beginning of construction for Texas’s newest Heavy Media flotation plant.  The new plant is located in the East Montgomery County Industrial Park in New Caney, TX.

Levitated Metals plays a key role in the recycling of aluminum and other metals.  The company purchases an aluminum-rich byproduct from the metal recycling industry.  Fist-sized chunks of aluminum are separated from zinc, magnesium, stainless steel and other metals using an advanced flotation process.  These metals are sold to smelters and processors in the US, Mexico and overseas. 

Aluminum recycling is about more than just soda and beer cans.  “Recycled aluminum is a key step in the automotive supply chain.  The aluminum block engine of an end-of-life 2007 Ford Taurus has a very similar chemistry to that of a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado.  Customers reduce waste, save energy costs and are more efficient purchasing clean aluminum feedstock from Levitated Metals instead of other substitutes,” Ronak Shah, President of Levitated Metals, said.

A 10-acre facility will be built by Levitated Metals and will begin production operations in September 2020.  The company does not melt metals.  “The capital cost, stormwater management challenges, air quality impacts and extended construction timeline of a furnace or smelter operation is considerable.  Texas, the Southeast United States and Northern Mexico are home to dozens of melt operations with the core competency needed to succeed in that stage of the supply chain.  Levitated Metals is excited to be a valued supplier to them”, said Ronak Shah.

Representatives from the East Montgomery County Improvement District were onsite for the ceremony.  “We’re excited to welcome Levitated Metals to East Montgomery County. The company provides a very unique service, one that’s environmentally-conscious,” said Frank McCrady, EMCID President/CEO.

The greater Houston area was optimally chosen for its proximity to both supply and demand.  A thriving container port and strong manufacturing workforce are strengths few cities have.  I-10, I-45 and I-69 are main thoroughfares for aluminum shipments into the Southeast United States.  The East Montgomery County Industrial Park is perfectly situated on the outskirts of the Houston metropolis.

Representatives from the company and construction team were present for the event.  Joining this group were neighbors from surrounding businesses, the Greater East Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, and several local aluminum suppliers.