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Computer recycler has grand opening

November 15, 1999

By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer

Photo by RICHARD T. MEAGHER / Staff Photographer

A Washington County facility to refurbish and recycle old computers will be the "jewel" of a growing national high-tech company, its president said Monday at the grand opening ceremony.

DMC The Electronics Recycling Company has started operations in Washington County with about 20 workers and will have about 40 employees within three months, General Manager Richard Schulman said. It will employ about 80 people by the end of next year, he said.

Most of the jobs start at about $9 to $10 an hour, Schulman said. Employees are working in a 100,000-square-foot warehouse the company is leasing from Bowman Development in the Bowman-Newgate Building on Hopewell Road west of Hagerstown.

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The company takes used computers, examines them and then refurbishes them and resells them to clients or recycles them, Schulman said. This prevents the computers from being tossed in the trash and filling up landfills.

A sign behind the speakers at the ceremony said, "No more landfill."

"That sign back there says it all," Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said.

The company is expanding from its single 125,000-square-foot facility in Newfields, N.H., to nine plants. This first new facility "will be the jewel of the company," President Michael Magliaro said.

They decided to put the facility in Washington County because the region has a good reputation for workers and is near Washington, D.C., Schulman said.

At least initially, the plant's biggest client will be the federal government, including the Department of Defense and the National Security Agency, Schulman said. While the government computers are supposed to be wiped clean of information before being sent to DMC, on-site government workers will oversee the company's work with the computers, he said.

Only computers from business clients will be accepted at first, but Schulman said he hopes the company eventually will accept computers from residents and groups as well.

Millions of computers are thrown away each year, said John Brunner, executive director of the Maryland Recycling Coalition.

He joined county and state elected officials and Suzanne Hayes, Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission chairwoman, in praising the company for its environmental work and creation of high-tech jobs.

As part of Monday's ceremony on America Recycles Day, the company gave a Gateway personal computer to Stephanie, a 10-year-old from Washington D.C., who is fighting a life-threatening illness. The donation to the girl, whose last name was not released, was part of a request to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The company also gave an IBM computer to Western Heights Middle School in Hagerstown.

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