Polyester staple fiber producer DAK Americas LLC, Charlotte, and carpet manufacturer Shaw
Industries Group Inc., Dalton, Ga., have formed a joint venture (JV) company, Clear Path Recycling
LLC, to produce Recycle PET (RPET) from post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.
Clear Path Recycling plans to build a facility at DAK’s Cedar Creek PET resin manufacturing
site in Fayetteville, N.C., and annually will recycle more than 280 million pounds of PET – equal
to around 5 billion bottles. The operation will reduce energy use by some 2.5 trillion British
thermal units compared to virgin polyester production.
DAK and Shaw will use the RPET material primarily in-house, with the balance to be sold
through merchant sales. Operations are expected to begin by first-quarter 2010 and provide
approximately 100 new jobs.