El Dorado Expansion Creates 120 Jobs in Southern Arkansas
EL DORADO, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 6, 2016--
Clean Harbors today unveiled its $120 million state-of-the-art El Dorado
facility expansion, a major addition that will help boost the Southern
Arkansas economy and bring 120 new jobs to the area.
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Alan McKim, chairman and CEO of Clean Harbors, tours new hazardous waste incinerator facility in El Dorado, Ark., on Dec. 6, 2016. (Gareth Patterson/AP Images for Clean Harbors)
Clean Harbors El Dorado is designed to be North America’s most
technologically advanced hazardous waste incinerator. Employing
world-class air emissions control technology that meets the most
stringent air emissions standards under the Federal Clean Air Act, it is
the first American commercial hazardous waste incinerator to come online
in nearly 20 years.
“Clean Harbors is proud to make this investment in El Dorado,” said
Clean Harbors Chairman and CEO Alan McKim. “We’re confident that these
new jobs and increased business activity will benefit the region and the
entire state. Our organization is excited to build upon our longtime,
strong relationship with El Dorado.”
The expansion adds a third incinerator to the 370-acre facility, which
specializes in high-temperature destruction of hazardous and
non-hazardous materials. The advanced new equipment nearly doubles the
facility’s capacity from 90,000 tons of material annually to
approximately 160,000 tons each year.
“The updates and enhancements Clean Harbors is making to its facility in
El Dorado are exciting for South Arkansas,” said Mike Preston, executive
director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. “Not only will
the added jobs and investment be an economic stimulus for the area, but
the state-of-the-art technology will protect the environment and support
good quality of life for all residents.”
Four years in the making – a two-year permitting process followed by a
two-year build – the expansion was formally unveiled to state and local
officials, along with business leaders. It is the largest single capital
infusion to a facility in the 36-year history of Clean Harbors, the
leading provider of environmental, energy and industrial services in
The facility specializes in high-temperature incineration of regulated
waste materials – such as industrial and laboratory chemicals,
manufacturing byproducts, medical waste, fertilizers and other solid and
liquid materials – that would otherwise be hazardous to the environment
and public health if not properly managed. Destruction in
high-temperature incinerators has been determined by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, after extensive review, to be the Best
Demonstrated Available Technology (BDAT) for safely and effectively
destroying hazardous waste compounds.
“This is truly a cutting-edge facility that will continue to protect the
environment and future generations for decades to come,” said McKim. “As
the continent’s industry leader in the destruction of hazardous
materials, we couldn’t have envisioned a better facility. This is
everything we hoped for and more.”
With the expansion, Clean Harbors El Dorado will employ 375 people,
including engineers, maintenance mechanics, welders, pipe fitters,
hydraulics operators, drivers and industrial service technicians.
Recognized as one of the safest jobsites in the industry, the facility
employs a team of highly talented and trained individuals who are
committed to the protection of health and the environment within the
workplace and throughout the El Dorado community. Clean Harbors El
Dorado has been re-certified for four consecutive years as a Voluntary
Protection Program (VPP) Star Site, the U.S. Department of Labor’s
highest certification level. In February, the facility surpassed 1
million hours without a lost time workplace injury – a streak of top
safety performance that continues today.
“Safety has always been our top priority as a company and will remain
our top priority here in El Dorado as we gain even greater capacity with
this expansion,” said Dan Roblee, the facility’s general manager.
About Clean Harbors
Clean Harbors (NYSE: CLH) is North America’s leading provider of
environmental, energy and industrial services. The Company serves a
diverse customer base, including a majority of the Fortune 500, across
the chemical, energy, manufacturing and additional markets, as well as
numerous government agencies. These customers rely on Clean Harbors to
deliver a broad range of services such as end-to-end hazardous waste
management, emergency spill response, industrial cleaning and
maintenance, and recycling services. Through its Safety-Kleen
subsidiary, Clean Harbors also is North America’s largest re-refiner and
recycler of used oil and a leading provider of parts washers and
environmental services to commercial, industrial and automotive
customers. Founded in 1980 and based in Massachusetts, Clean Harbors
operates throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
For more information, visit www.cleanharbors.com.
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David Proud, 781-792-5490
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations