Hiring plans

Viva Recycling said it will start hiring for new positions in September. Interested applicants should call Toni Everett at 843-761-7955.

A Moncks Corner-based business that recycles old tires into rubber flooring and other goods plans to roll into the Upstate with a $6.9 million plant.

Viva Recycling of South Carolina said Tuesday it will create 14 jobs over the next five years at the satellite operation in Anderson. It expects to be open in the new location by December.

The company's Berkeley County plant processes 4 million scrap tires a year from across the Southeast to produce recycled rubber products for home, business and recreational uses.

Built more than a decade ago by a company that later failed, the plant has been through several owners. Viva took over the factory in 2011.

The company separates scrap tires and other selected industrial rubber scrap into rubber, steel and fiber. While the steel and fiber are recycled, the rubber is sized, shaped, colored and molded into a range of products for various industrial, commercial and residential applications.

The end products include landscape mulch, playground safety flooring, artificial field in-fill, rubber sidewalks, rubber pavers, equestrian flooring, rubberized asphalt and more.

"We are proud to build Viva's second South Carolina facility in Anderson, providing the Upstate with a true recycling option for scrap tire recycling," said Marty Sergi, company president and CEO.

Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said not only is the state touted as "America's tire town," where several big-name manufacturers have set up operations, but it also has plants to recycle tires after they wear out.

"Understanding the importance of sustainability in our economy, we are excited for the continued growth of our state's recycling industry," Hitt said.

Several companies make tires in South Carolina. Michelin operates in Greenville, Spartanburg and Lexington counties. Bridgestone has operations in Aiken County, Continental Tires is in Sumter, and Singapore-based Giti Tires announced last month plans to open a tire-making plant in Chester County.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.