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Butler-MacDonald Expands Capacity to Meet Increased Demand


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Butler-MacDonald of Indianapolis

Butler-MacDonald of Indianapolis. 

Plastics recycler Butler-MacDonald of Indianapolis says the company is seeing an increase in business since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company serves customers across the country as both a plastics toll processor performing size reduction, polymer separation, metal and contaminant removal, pelletizing and compounding, as well as a polymer supplier providing high quality regrind and reprocessed resins including HIPS, PP, LDPE, LLDPE, and HDPE. The company says that March 2020 sales are up 10% over 2019.

Many of Butler-MacDonald’s customers are deemed “essential” and the company has received several letters from customers asking them to remain fully operational and keep the important supply channel open.

Butler-MacDonald has stayed fully operational running three shifts and they also have added capacity in the form of increased staff, extended hours (including Saturdays) and overtime. President Scott Johnson attributes the increase in business primarily to an increase demand for polymers used in the fight against COVID-19 including plastics for medical face shields, disinfecting wipe containers and lids, bleach bottle caps and more. To a lesser extent, additional business has come to Butler-MacDonald as other smaller suppliers have either shut down or do not have the inventory to meet the increased demands of their customers.

Since the company has a long history of recovering high-quality polymers from plastics or parts that most recyclers would consider unusable, Butler-MacDonald has been able to take in additional source materials that others won’t and use it to create high-quality, near virgin polymers to keep up with the sharp increase in demand.

Manufacturing response to COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m extremely grateful that we have been able to stay open and provide our family of employees with a steady paycheck during these difficult times,” said Johnson. “But our top priority is keeping our employees safe and healthy.”  To that end, Butler-MacDonald has implemented COVID-19 Employee Safety Guidelines that establish new policies for social distancing and frequent disinfection of surfaces and equipment including control panels, telephones, computer keyboards, mice, and door handles.

 “We know this is a temporary situation, but our ability to perform at such a high level during this pandemic and the lessons learned will only make us stronger when things start to return to normal,” Johnson said.