Diverting manufacturing waste from automotive manufacturing processes didn’t just become a mission for Charles Pavanel, founder of Hematite, it was a way of life – a Renew™ new way of thinking. Canadian company Hematite was “thinking green” before it was ever in vogue.
In 1978, a chemical engineer named Charles Pavanel created a way to turn scrap materials from auto manufacturing processes into quality products that could be reinstalled as a new component in the vehicle. PVC trim scrap was filling landfill sites at a rate of 16-20 million pounds per year from only two of Ford’s Michigan-based facilities. The success of Pavanel’s recycling and manufacturing project provided the incentive to begin making products for other automotive manufacturers using these newly created recycled materials. In 2017, the company opened a new plant in the City of Englewood, a Dayton suburb located in Montgomery County, Ohio. Starting production in the first quarter of 2018, Hematite’s management worked with the Montgomery County Job Center to recruit for key positions at the new facility and U.S. Corporate Headquarters in Englewood.
For Hematite and many other companies, Montgomery County and the greater Dayton region is an optimal location. Montgomery County has a long history of manufacturing experience and excellence and the region has become known for being at the intersection of manufacturing and technology.
“We were very impressed with Montgomery County Economic Development, Jobs Ohio, the Port Authority, the Dayton Development Coalition, the City of Englewood, and the many other organizations that have helped us over the last 12 months to choose Ohio as a state and the ideal location in (Dayton suburb) Englewood.”