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Member Profile: Quemetco…Recycling Batteries, Investing in Local Jobs and Technology

A proud Industry Manufacturers Council (IMC) member since 1971, Quemetco operates the only lead battery recycling facility west of the Rocky Mountains. Operating 24 hours per day, seven days a week, including most holidays, Quemetco recycles approximately ten million batteries annually at its thirteen-acre facility on 7th Avenue, north of the Pomona Freeway in the City of Industry. With an impressive 98% recycling rate, the facility recycles used lead batteries from vehicles and other lead-bearing scrap to produce 120,000 tons of reclaimed lead for new batteries and other products.

Using best available technologies to continuously update its infrastructure, Quemetco recently installed a power backup system, to prevent unexpected shutdowns of critical equipment, and a state-of-the-art stormwater filtration system. An earlier installation of industry-leading technology, a Wet Electrostatic Precipitator (WESP), reduced airborne particulate emissions by more than 97% to the lowest levels of any such facility in the world. Quemetco’s commitment to meeting or exceeding all local, state and federal environmental standards, ensures maximum health and safety protections for its workforce and the community at large. “Protecting our community is among the highest of our priorities at Quemetco, along with employee health and safety,” said plant manager Scott Bevans. “That’s why it’s so important for us to go above and beyond the baseline regulatory requirements at our facility.”

Today, Quemetco has more than 250 employees, of which about 200 belong to the Teamsters Local 986. Many employees reside in neighboring cities, and many are inter-generational, with fathers and sons, brothers and cousins working side-by-side. Many employees have worked at the facility for up to 45 years, earning them the keys to a new car from the company (8 in the last 10 years!). “Because much of our extended family is from the local community, we are a proud part of the local community” said Bevans. As evidence of its commitment to improving lives within its surrounding community, Quemetco received the Youth Science Center’s Community Partner Award for its leadership and more than $75,000 of support for math and science education for San Gabriel Valley youths. Since 2008, Quemetco has donated approximately $250,000 to the Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District for their various Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs.

The example that Quemetco sets in both its workplace and in the community at large, demonstrates that positive energy doesn’t just come from a lead car battery… it comes from the vision of community leaders and partners who are willing to make a difference and bring a brighter tomorrow for all of us.

If your business or company has a great story to tell, or you have an idea for a future news article, please contact the IMC office at 626-968-3737.

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IMC Member Profile_Quemetco

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