ATR Relocates to Amplify GR Zone

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ATR Relocates for Growth in Amplify GR Zone


Amplify GR ATRGRAND RAPIDS, MI—Advanced Technology Recycling (ATR), a woman-owned national electronics recycling and asset management company, moved its Grand Rapids operations into an industrial complex at 355 Cottage Grove on January 8, 2017. The new ATR facility is one of the properties associated with Amplify GR, a nonprofit formed to support holistic redevelopment of vacant commercial and industrial assets in the neighborhoods surrounding Boston Square and Cottage Grove business districts.


“This is the beginning of a new phase of growth,” said Brodie Ehresman, national business development manager for ATR. “The larger facility will allow us to convert our existing operation from a “spoke” to a hub,” and create even more jobs.”


ATR has immediate openings for general warehouse, class “C” drivers and entry-level technical positions that include a full benefit package, 401k and profit sharing. Higher paying jobs for Class A drivers, A+ Certified Technicians and sales positions will be added as the company implements the necessary infrastructure to support the hub’s operations and expands their B2B programs. ATR is working with the local Michigan Works office and Amplify GR to hire residents that live near to Cottage Grove and Boston Square neighborhoods.


“Residents of neighborhoods in southeast Grand Rapids have consistently named jobs as a top priority,” said Jon Ippel, executive director of Amplify GR. “Jobs that pay a fair wage, with benefits and profit sharing, are especially valuable to people who are looking for stable employment and decent working conditions.”


Formed in 1992 by Ken and Barbara Ehresman, ATR utilizes a proprietary cloud-based platform to track millions of customer assets coming and going throughout the US in real time. ATR also provides a wide range of compliant services to environmentally conscious customers that require certified destruction, asset management and end of life recycling services for education, health care, government, and Fortune 500 companies. The R2 Certified company holds a Guinness World Record for recycling the most consumer electronics during their annual One Million Pound Challenge held on Earth Day. ATR successfully diverted over 3 Million pounds of CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) TVs and other unwanted electronics from Michigan landfills in 2017.  When computers, printers and flat panels were added to the free program, it became necessary to expand the operation from its previous location in Wyoming, MI.  Please note, this program has since ended and the Grand Rapids location is no longer accepting residential drop offs. 


As ATR shopped for its expansion site, John Oppenhuizen, a local First Companies realtor, suggested the property in the Amplify GR zone, which is operated by Rockford Construction in partnership with Amplify GR.


“The property has six heated loading docks and over 25,000 square feet of premium warehouse space with plenty of room to grow”, said Bradford Mathis, community development director for Rockford Construction. He said the creation of new, sustainable jobs that help improve the community while protecting the environment made ATR a good fit for the property.


Brodie Ehresman
Author: Brodie Ehresman

ATR (Advanced Technology Recycling) is a US based ISO14001, R2 (Responsible Recycling), OHSAS 18001 and ITAR (International Traffic Arms Regulations) certified Electronics Recycling company that specializes in risk mitigation for asset recovery and management. The parent company was formed in 1992 and transitioned away from traditional IT Sales/Service in 2002 after receiving (2) of the single largest grants in Illinois history in 2005 and 2006. Today ATR has become an innovative leader for E-waste management by diverting Millions of pounds of e-waste from our landfills annually. Brodie Ehresman is one of the originating family owners of the two facilities formed in 1992 and is currently their National Business Development Manager for the US and Canada. Brodie utilizes his 20+ years of IT background and entrepreneurship to develop innovative sustainable recycling solutions to help his customers improve their triple bottom line. During his tenure Brodie has augmented the company’s regional customer base onto a national platform and is currently developing an international strategy for 2019.