Processor kicks off expansion of its footprint in the southeastern US

ATR is set to close its purchase and take possession of a 38,000 square foot building on nearly 13 acres in Pensacola, Florida on Friday, September 23. | Courtesy of Google Street View

ATR will open an electronics refurbishment and resale facility in Pensacola, Florida, move its Midwest headquarters to the building, and then construct a separate ITAD facility on the property.

Advanced Technology Recycling (ATR), an ITAD company with eight locations across the country, is expected to close its purchase and take possession of a 38,000 square foot building on nearly 13 acres on Friday, Sept. 23, company president Ken Ehresman tells E-Scrap News.

ATR has facilities in Salt Lake City; Vegas; San Antonio; Pontiac, Ill.; Buffalo, New York; Birmingham, Alabama; and Allentown, Pennsylvania. The recently closed business a facility he had in Grand Rapids, Mich. Ehresman said ATR received a very generous offer from the landowner to buy out ATR’s lease in Grand Rapids so that a large company could occupy multiple buildings, and ATR will continue to serve area customers from its other facilities.

The Pensacola facility will be the company’s second largest, after its 120,000 square foot headquarters in Illinois. It will be dedicated to renovation and resale activities.

“The refurbishment center expansion and increased workforce are necessary to bring ATR in line with the growing volumes of repairable IT assets coming from our southern regions,” Ehresman said in a statement. hurry.

The Pensacola building was previously a bank’s call center and it already has security features including fencing, gated entrances, alarm systems, CCTV cameras and badge access controls. ATR will use the building to refurbish, renew and remarket electronic devices, not to break them down or recycle them. In the first year, ATR hopes to employ 50 to 70 technicians and process 1 million assets per year, including items such as phones, computers, access points, data center equipment and data centers. other equipment, Ehresman said in the interview. In addition to reselling complete units, the Pensacola plant will harvest parts for resale.

“It will be a high-tech facility,” he said.

He said the facility will conduct next-level renovation activities and sell closer to end users, essentially running the last mile that the industry as a whole is not doing a good job of servicing. Due to the type of work that will be taking place in the building, ATR will be able to use existing call center booths and furniture, allowing it to begin operations as early as Monday, September 26, he said.

Ehresman said he was unable to disclose the purchase price for the property, but noted that since it had been on the market for more than a year, ATR had room to negotiate. Ehresman spoke to E-Scrap News earlier in the year about the tightness of the rental and purchase markets for industrial space presented challenges to ITAD companies planning footprint expansions.

A real estate ad online owned the 21-year-old, 12.8-acre Pensacola property, owned by Regions Bank and located in a business park, originally for $3.7 million.

Headquarters relocation and expansion

ATR also plans to move its headquarters from Pontiac to the Pensacola facility beginning in late October.

The move will likely impact 20 to 30 employees at the Pontiac plant, said Ehresman, who noted that the company will provide opportunities to work from home and relocate to other company facilities so that ‘ATR can avoid losing employees.

ATR plans to retain its ITAD operations in Pontiac.

Beginning in mid-2023, ATR will begin building a separate 60,000 square foot facility on the Pensacola property to serve as a traditional ITAD facility, he said. According ATR websitecustomers in the South East region are currently served by ATR’s Birmingham facility.

Ehresman estimated that the construction of this building would take about six months.

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