Matalco, headquartered in Brampton, Ontario, broke ground for its new $80 million aluminum recycling plant in the Rapids East Commerce Center in Wisconsin Rapids. The company first announced plans for the facility in January.

The 110,000-square-foot plant will take in scrap aluminum and convert it to billets that will go out to be re-purposed by customers across the region. The recycled material is used for everything from wheel rims to home furnishings and windows.

The plant is expected to employ 80 permanent full-time positions that include both skilled and unskilled labor.

Matalco was founded in 2005 and operates four remelt and casting facilities in Lordstown and Canton, Ohio; in Bluffton, Indiana; and in Brampton.