Located just south of Rome, Georgia, Marglen Industries was originally started as a carpet manufacturer in 1971. Marglen however looked toward the future, not only of technology, but the of our planet. By 1994, Marglen had a fully operational bottle washing and grinding facility, and produced recycled fiber in house using post-consumer, curbside pickup bottles. Just three years later, Marglen added a second fiber extrusion line, increasing PET fiber capacity.
By 2002, Marglen’s focus was completely on environmentally-friendly PET recycling efforts. At this point in time, Marglen Industries was already recognized as an international leader in recycled PET fiber production, shipping products across the globe. As one of the only two companies in the world to produce their products entirely from post-consumer recycled bottles, it was clear that Marglen had made a name for itself as a green entity.
As a company with a focus on a bright future, Marglen continued to stay on the cutting edge of recycling technology. In 2008, the addition of a new extrusion system allowed Marglen Industries to enter into a new market producing LNO food-grade resin. This new resin product is used by many different industries, allowing a green solution for any application- from pharmaceutical packaging to the food service industry. In 2010 Marglen continued its commitment to the environment by installing 476 cylindrical solar modules on its roof. Then, in 2011, Marglen continues its focus on the cutting edge by the installation of a 476 panel solar array, allowing Marglen Industries to produce enough green energy to power approximately 4.7 average US homes.
Facility expansion and more services
In 2014 Marglen completed an expansion of their bottle wash process installing state-of-the-art recycling technology. Doing this more than doubled their capacity to process recycled PET bottles through its new and improved wash line. In 2016 Marglen expanded beyond recycling PET bottles, and created a new division by installing state of the art equipment to recycle polyester waste streams. This not only enabled Marglen to recycle their own polyester industrial waste, but allows them to offer this service to our customers as well by recycling their polyester fiber, yarn, fabric, etc. In the same year, Marglen entered the Polypropylene Drawn Textured Yarn business by acquiring Engineered Yarns & Applications North America, also known as ENYA. Marglen’s strategic location allows us to quickly service the Polypropylene DTY needs of the domestic knitting market located in the southeast.
Looking to the future
Most recently, in 2018, Marglen added another line to its polyester waste recycling division, more than doubling its capacity. This line allows them to help customers recycle their polyester waste streams that would otherwise end up in the landfill, furthering the circular economy and lowering our carbon footprint. Marglen continually looks to improve their processes and look forward to more growth and innovation in the near future.