Port of Port Angeles breaks ground on composites recycling center

The Port of Port Angeles, WA, US, facility will convert carbon fiber composite scrap material into new and useful products.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer, Toray Composites America, Peninsula College, Washington State University, Janicki Industries and other representatives helped the Port of Port Angeles, WA, US, break ground on a new Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) at the Port’s Composite Manufacturing Campus.

The project will complete a 25,000-ft2/2,322m2 shell building to house offices, laboratories, classrooms and manufacturing space for the recycling center and Peninsula College’s Advanced Manufacturing – Composite Technology training program. The center will convert carbon fiber composite scrap material, leftover from transportation and other advanced manufacturing industries, into new and useful products. One of the shovels used for the groundbreaking ceremony was made of recycled carbon fiber, with materials donated by Janicki Industries. 

“As we break ground today to start construction within the Port’s facility, we look forward to the Composite Recycling Technology Center implementing its groundbreaking vision to pioneer the re-use of carbon fiber scraps into new products,” said Inslee. “I’m pleased that our Clean Energy Fund matching grant will support the research, development, and demonstration of new lightweight materials through recycling of composites. This is an excellent example of a community with a vision for how clean technology will create jobs and grow a sustainable economy.”

Funding includes $1 million in Washington State Clean Energy funds, $1 million from the Clallam County Opportunity Fund, and $2 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA). This project also received a boost by being included in the EDA’s designated Washington Aerospace Manufacturing Community, which is administered by the Puget Sound Regional Council.

The facility will also house Peninsula College’s Advanced Manufacturing – Composite Technology training program, to support the training of a workforce prepared for and accomplished in the composite recycling industry. Peninsula College’s program prepares students for the wide-ranging field of composite structure fabrication and repair. Through classroom work and hands-on training, Peninsula College’s Composites Technology program equips students with skills necessary for employment in the aerospace, marine, and recreational equipment industries, as well as many others that use composite materials.