First of its kind recycling and copper smelting facility coming to Augusta, will create over 100 jobs

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AUGUSTA, Ga (WJBF) – Augusta Corporate Park will be home to a state-of-the-art metal recycling and smelting facility in a few years.

Last week, Governor Brian Kemp announced, “Aurubis has chosen Richmond County to locate a first of its kind consumer electronics recycling and copper smelting facility in the Southeast. One of the single largest investments made by a German company in Georgia.”

Steven Kendrick/Augusta Economic Development Authority Chairman:
“Now is not the time to be talking about leaving Augusta, Georgia,” said Steven Kendrick.

Kendrick serves as chairman of the Augusta Economic Development Authority and is the Richmond County Tax Commissioner. He is also a mayoral candidate and recently got back to town after sealing a deal with Aurrbis along with state leaders.

Kendrick said, “We were able to put together a package that everyone could benefit from. So the state office of incentives, the Augusta office of incentives, they were the types of incentives this company, out of 100 communities, it was the one that got the deal done and it was why they chose Augusta.”

Kendrick reports the $340 million facility will create about 125 jobs and take up around 150 acres at Augusta Corporate Park. The average pay at the plant will be about $25/hr.

“It is advanced manufacturing. It requires they have the type of people that Augusta’s workforce can support. We are hotbed as it is to company’s locating here because we have a great workforce,” said Kendrick.

Aurubis in Augusta will need site managers, engineers, people working the lines, and many more employees. According to Kendrick, some people will be sent to Germany for training.

He added, “Everything that goes into this plant will be refurbished and used. Nothing goes into our landfill so we’re talking about products that would’ve gone to our landfill and to be made disposed of in some kind of way. Now being used in a process that makes 99% of it come out usable in another way.”

It’s hoped to start recycling copper and other metals at the new plant in 2024. The company plans to start hiring next summer.


AUGUSTA (WJBF) – Georgia Governor, Brian P. Kemp, announced Wednesday that Aurubis, one of the leading recyclers of copper, precious metals, and non-ferrous materials worldwide, will invest $340 million in a state-of-the-art recycling and secondary smelting facility for multi-metal recycling in Augusta.

This new facility will be the very first of its kind in the U.S. and will create 125 jobs in the Augusta area.

Aurubis will build its facility on 150 acres at Augusta Corporate Park, which is a “Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) Certified” site.

Operations are expected to begin by the first half of 2024, and the company plans to begin hiring for positions as soon as summer 2022.

Individuals interested in opportunities with Aurubis are encouraged to visit www.aurubis.com/en/career/jobs for additional information.

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About Aurubis
Aurubis – Metals for Progress Aurubis AG is a leading global provider of non-ferrous metals and one of the largest copper recyclers worldwide. The company processes complex metal concentrates, scrap metals, organic and inorganic metal-bearing recycling materials, and industrial residues into metals of the highest quality. Aurubis produces more than 1 million tons of copper cathodes annually, and from them, makes a variety of products such as wire rod, continuous cast shapes, profiles, and flat rolled products made of copper and copper alloys. Aurubis produces a number of other metals as well, including precious metals, selenium, lead, nickel, tin, and zinc. The portfolio also includes additional products such as sulfuric acid and iron silicate. Further information at www.aurubis.com.

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