Congressional visit sparks conversation about the future of recycling

Fort Mill, 05.13.21

WEIMA America, a leading size reduction machinery manufacturer, opened the doors of its Fort Mill headquarters to welcome Congressman Ralph Norman, who represents South Carolina’s 5th District. The WEIMA team was thrilled to show the Congressman and his team around the ever-expanding campus while discussing the benefits of green manufacturing for South Carolinians and beyond.


A heartfelt invitation

Legislation surrounding environmental manufacturing practices and green energy are frequently brought before Congress. Because of this, WEIMA America’s Vice President of Sales, Madison Burt, welcomed the opportunity to open a dialogue about some of the challenges manufacturers are facing in light of current events. These topics included supply chain issues, delays at port, import tariffs, and recycling infrastructure, just to name a few.

Burt also advocated for incentives which would promote the use of post-consumer resin during the production process. These incentives would encourage manufacturers to implement processes that gave a second life to what would traditionally be considered “single-use” plastics.

Rep. Ralph Norman visits WEIMA America's HQ in Fort Mill, SC.

“Recycling initiatives are often about thinking ahead, thinking critically, and thinking on your feet,” said Audrey Brewer, North American Marketing Manager for WEIMA. “Discovering a second life opportunity for production waste before it’s created is ideal, because you can plan for the infrastructure and machinery—like shredders and granulators—to include them seamlessly in the facility layout. Recycling incentives will encourage companies to think ahead in this way and will make it possible for existing operations to modify production lines to accommodate for recycling-related machinery after the fact. It’s all about thinking creatively.”


During his visit, the Congressman was able to see the growth WEIMA is seeing firsthand. New buildings are being built on the campus for in-stock machinery storage as well as extra fabrication space. The size reduction machinery manufacturer continued operating throughout the pandemic and even added three new team members since the beginning of the pandemic in April 2020. The company plans to add roughly five more team members by the end of 2021 to keep up with the demand for green technology in the United States and Canada.

Rep. Ralph Norman stands with members of the WEIMA America staff.


“Every politician ought to come here and see what you do."

U.S. Representative Ralph Norman, South Carolina 5th Congressional District


“Production scrap comes in many forms and recycling isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution,” explained Burt.

WEIMA welcomes the opportunity to talk to any lawmakers—regardless of political affiliation—about the possibilities that sound policy and infrastructure can present to the state of South Carolina or the United States as a whole. Recycling is economically beneficial, and the process almost always starts with shredding.

Additional Information


With over 37,000 machines sold worldwide and 40 years of experience, WEIMA is a well-known leader in size reduction within the wood, paper, metal, corrugate, nonwovens, biomass and plastic industries. We acknowledge that waste comes in different shapes and sizes and that every application is unique. With our wide range of shredding and briquetting equipment, WEIMA has a solution that will fit the needs of any operation and turn waste into profit. We want you to benefit from our decades of innovation and experience!

Made in Germany. Built for the world.

Shredders and briquette presses from WEIMA are exclusively made in Germany and come from production plants in Saxony-Anhalt and Baden-Wuerttemberg. Every year, more than 300 employees work on around 1,200 customer solutions from around the globe. We have long-standing sales and service locations in the USA, Poland, India and China. More than 80 representatives supplement this global presence.

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