Agreements approved to bring National Recycling to Cambridge

By Rachel Kytonen

Several items on the agenda for the Cambridge City Council meeting Monday, Aug. 15 related to National Recycling, Inc.

All the items were approved, and the owners of National Recycling said they are excited to bring their business to Cambridge.

Economic Development Director Stan Gustafson and City Planner Marcia Westover explained staff has been working with NRI of Hugo over the last several years. NRI is planning to build a 47,000 square foot facility in the Cambridge Opportunity Industrial Park 5th addition. NRI would being their manufacturing facility, Industrial Support Services, Inc. (ISSI) to the same site attached to the recycling building.

By building the new facility, NRI will retain seven jobs and create 13 jobs within two years with a starting wage of $14 per hour plus benefits.

ISSI offers a large range of capabilities for metal fabrication of a variety of recycling and refuse containers, hoppers, compactors, covers and trap. They make these roll-off/scrap containers for their own use and other scrap recycling companies.

The city will sell the land to NRI similar to what the city did on several other projects for $1 and put the project in a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district enabling the city to recoup the cost of the land. The city is estimating the land price of 10.5 acres at $343,035 which it would recoup through TIF. A junior mortgage from NRI for $100,000, to be paid off over five years, will also enable the city to recoup its costs.

City Administrator Lynda Woulfe stressed the city isn’t loaning NRI any funds for this project.

Councilor Bob Shogren, who also serves on the Planning Commission, said noise from the facility will be similar to a bobcat, and noted there aren’t any residents near the facility that are within the corporate limits of the city.

“All indications are this is going to be a very nice business for the city of Cambridge,” Shogren noted.

Mayor Marlys Palmer asked about odor issues, and Westover explained she isn’t aware there will be any.

NRI Owner Rick Mark said he is excited.

“We are real excited to get going on this project and feel it’s a great fit for the community,” Mark said. “We are really looking forward to getting going on the new building.”

Mark said NRI will begin the hiring process in approximately three to four months, and anticipates a spring opening.