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Tax revenues to get boost from $60M plant expansion in PTC

The new oil refinery that’s under construction at Universal Environmental Services in the Peachtree City industrial park represents a $60 million investment on behalf of the company.

In addition to being a very “green” operation, the refinery will cause a significant increase in property value, which in turn will result in additional property taxes being collected by the city and county governments.

“This is a unique time, when you see a large investment like this for a project,” said Matt Forshee, the president and CEO of the Fayette County Development Authority.

Once operational, the new plant will take used motor oil and convert it into a product that can be used in new motor oil, replacing a significant need for new crude oil, said Dr. Juan Fritschy, the president and CEO of Universal Environmental Services.

The process also will produce clean fuel to power the refinery plant and a compound for use by asphalt plants. All contaminants will be trucked off-site for disposal.

What’s even better news is that this could be the tip of the iceberg, as other companies in Fayette County are looking at expansion plans also, Forshee said.

Over the last two to three years, companies have been working to “do more with less,” Forshee said. That meant improving production techniques and employee training among other things, he noted.

But now, companies are having to take a hard look at expansion as a way to handle the continuing demand for products, Forshee said.

UES projects to have plenty of demand for its refined oil product. Already the company re-refines some 30 million gallons of used motor oil each year.

There are some seven trucks covering the metro Atlanta area, visiting quick oil change centers to claim the “dirty” motor oil. And there are four other off-site storage facilities in nearby southeastern states that are fed by other trucks in the UES network.

In addition to receiving used motor oil by the truckload, UES transports it to Peachtree City by rail.

Once the new refinery is operational next spring, it will employ about 22 people on a round-the-clock schedule, seven days a week.

The $60 million project, which is being built by Tiernan and Patrylo construction company from Peachtree City, represents a big investment from UES’ parent company, Avista, Fritschy said.



I entertain serious doubts about the desirability of having a local facility that brings truckloads and train carloads of dirty oil to Peachtree City for processing. Sooner or later, there'll be a wreck involving one of these trucks (which spew a lot of smoke and emissions themselves) or other land-based accident (like failure to turn off a faucet or a pipe bursting) causing a major spill and resulting contamination.

To think some people were opposing the Zac Brown camp! I simply don't know how this new oil facility can be so enthusiastically described. Don't people here have any brains? Are we asked to vote for extra sales tax so our transportation system will make it easier for these trucks to come and go through Peachtree City?

The oil is already coming into and out of PC on the rails. Difference is the train will stop and not treat PC as a pass through.

It also will help revenue for the city. Is that not a good thing?

You must have had blinders on for the last decade, as since they purchased this site from Georgia Pacific back in 1999, and have been “bringing truckloads of dirty oil though Peachtree City” for years, I don’t think it’s had too much of an effect on anyone. It's not "new", just expanded.
As far as the trucks “spewing a lot of smoke and emissions themselves”, I see the Universal Refining straight and tractor trailer trucks daily, and am impressed with how clean they somehow keep them, with hauling waste oil I would think they would be filthy. And the quality of the equipment (trucks) they operate, are not old junk vehicles, spewing smoke, but late model vehicles appearing to be well maintained.
I am aware of at least a couple incidents where a valve did leak on one of these trucks, dumping some waste oil on the roadway, for miles in at least one incident. They had contract cleanup crews on it extremely quick – didn’t really hurt the asphalt as it’s got oil in it anyway, but they mopped things up making it look like there was never anything there.
Universal Refining seems to be a fairly clean operation and good industry to add to our tax base.

The Wedge's picture

If we are going to have a vibrant community, then we need to have employers that are creating a value to others. We should be embracing these kinds of services. Recycling of universal waste such as oil, fluorescent bulbs, and mercury containing equipment keeps this stuff out of our aquifers and landfills. Also get used to recycled water in the very near future. Water that goes from a POTW directly into the city water supply.

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