North American glass recycler Strategic Materials has opened a new crushed glass abrasives production facility in Houston, Texas, USA.

The new facility was built in response to the regional surface preparation market demand, and noticeable industry shift to worker health-conscious and eco-friendly abrasive products.

The over 30,000ft2 facility began production in early December 2019 with improved bagging technology and production line capabilities, with plans for further expansion in 2021.

The new Houston location will fully replace the company’s current Houston facility mid-year and will retain its existing employees.

The facility will produce other recycled glass products for sale into highway bead, fiberglass insulation and glass container markets.

The company will host a grand opening in January, where customers and local stakeholders will see first-hand the local circular economy and benefits of glass.

“It’s an exciting time for our business. With our new facility we’ve increased capacity and are able to better meet demand with a higher quality product,” said Denis Suggs, Strategic Materials President and Chief Executive Officer.