Advanced Technology Recycling (ATR), an electronics recycler and information technology asset disposition and management (ITAD/ITAM) company, will open a new facility in Allentown, Penn., the company announced Feb. 1. At 30,000 square feet, the Allentown site will be one of the company’s largest R2-certified facilities. Founded in 2002, ATR is a certified woman-owned business that works with business-to-business customers seeking compliant ITAD/ITAM. ATR also has locations in Alabama, New York, Michigan, Nevada, Utah, and Texas, along with a headquarters in Illinois.

ATR noted Allentown’s downtown redevelopment efforts in its release on the expansion. Allentown is Pennsylvania’s third-largest and fastest-growing city, in part due to a 2009 state law that created the Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ): a special taxing district that encourages development and revitalization downtown. In 2016, the global nonprofit Urban Land Institute cited downtown Allentown as a “national success story” in the organization’s report, Reaching for the Future: Creative Finance for Smaller Communities. Since April 2019, Allentown’s downtown redevelopment efforts have generated nearly $1 billion in new development projects, ATR observed.

Expanding into Pennsylvania will allow ATR to better offer services to their existing base as well as gain the opportunity to work with new regional clients in New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., the company said. In addition, the Lehigh Valley community and Northeast markets will gain access to ATR’s electronics recycling and ITAD services.

ATR is the first company in the region to offer destruction programs that are compliant with the U.S. State Department International Traffic and Arms Regulations and pricing discounts approved by the General Service Administration, it said.