GP Harmon Recycling Comes To Elizabethton

GP Harmon Recycling, a leader in recycling solutions, today announced its acquisition of The Highlands Group’s (THG) plastics recycling facility located in the Watauga Industrial Park in Elizabethton, Tenn. The facility’s operations specialize in separating various polymers from mixed material streams to generate high-grade plastic raw materials that can be used for a variety of commercial purposes.

“This acquisition expands our recycling technologies and service offerings to meet customer needs,” said Marc Forman, president – GP Harmon Recycling. “We are excited to operate in Elizabethton and welcome THG employees to our company. They have developed a great customer base and bring a tremendous new opportunity to GP Harmon Recycling that we plan to expand.”

For more than 40 years, GP Harmon Recycling has been offering its expertise to the recycled paper industry by bringing together buyers and sellers in transactions involving millions of tons of recycled paper annually. In 2007, the company expanded its portfolio of products to include non-fiber material such as plastics and metal. Today, GP Harmon transacts more than 100,000 tons of non-paper recyclable material, making it one of the largest recyclable commodities traders in the world.

GP Harmon Recycling distributes recycled materials in the United States and internationally. It employs about 185 people and currently has offices and operations in several states including New York, California, New Jersey, Georgia, Wisconsin, Arkansas, and now Tennessee.

GP Harmon Recycling is a subsidiary of and the sole provider of recovered fiber to Georgia-Pacific, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels, office paper, packaging, pulp, building products and related chemicals. Georgia-Pacific employs nearly 35,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit

The Highlands Group, Inc., founded in 1988, is headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC, and has a well-established reputation within the plastics industry, focusing primarily on processing of injection grade commodity resins, parts and regrind.