Gannon & Scott expansion doubles metal-recycling capacity
THE NEWLY EXTENDED Gannon & Scott manufacturing facility at 45 Sharp Dr. in Cranston doubles the facility's processing capacity and features a rooftop solar-panel array. At top left, Gannon & Scott's existing corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility.
CRANSTON – Precious metals recycler Gannon & Scott has completed an $8 million expansion of its factory on Sharp Drive, the company said Thursday.
The expansion doubles the facility’s processing capacity, which includes metal thermal reduction, milling, screening and blending. The improvements also give the company the “most technologically advanced and proven pollution-control system for the thermal reduction process,” according to a news release.
Expansion of the plant, which now encompasses 93,000 square feet, took nearly two years and will allow Gannon & Scott to increase the size of its workforce by 20 percent, according to company CEO Ken Dionne.
“This facility is the personification of our corporate slogan ‘Doing It Right’ which encompasses our customers, our employees, our community, our industry and our environment,” said Jack Gannon, chairman of the company’s board of directors in the news release. “It also underscores our commitment to Rhode Island which dates back to our roots here 94 years ago."
As part of the project, Gannon & Scott added a solar array to the facility and was awarded a state-distributed generation contract to sell electricity back to utility National Grid.
Financing for the project, which also included the purchase of the 6.2-acre property, was provided by Bank of America.
A dedication ceremony for the new factory is scheduled for Dec. 6 with Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Cranston Mayor Alan Fung, among other dignitaries.