The newest business to call the East Montgomery County Industrial Park home, Levitated Metals, marked the start of construction with a groundbreaking ceremony alongside the East Montgomery County Improvement District (EMCID) at the site Wednesday, Jan. 15.
A specialty metal recycling company, Levitated Metals uses a special method of "density flotation" to separate scrap metal which is then sold to consumers in the automotive and cast aluminum industries. This will be the second plant of its type built in the United States in over a decade.
“Levitated Metals uses sink/float tanks to separate aluminum from the heavier metals, such as copper, stainless steel, brass and zinc,” said Owner Ronak Shah. “This process separates the metals from a recycling byproduct called Zorba. After the floating process pulls all the metals apart, we sell the independent metals to consumers who make new metal products. For example, from start to finish, these recycled metals we have processed and sold can be used to cast the engine block of an F-150 truck in approximately a month.”
This unique metal recycling process will take place at the company’s new facility being built in New Caney at the intersection of Ceila Way and Callie Way. Shah hopes to have construction completed in September.
“We are excited to get-up-and-running,” said Shah. “We chose to build a facility in the East Montgomery County Industrial Park because it is business-friendly, logistically friendly and we have great neighbors that are also interested in manufacturing. The Houston market is a great location because we can transport recycled metals easily to companies in the United States and Mexico. This is a great opportunity for us.”