What's Going On Here?

"What's going on here?" is a weekly column in the Sunday Community section of the Gwinnett Daily Post. If you see a construction site and don't know what's being built, call Christy Smith, business reporter, at 770-963-9205, ext. 1321, or e-mail her at christy.smith@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Where: 112 Etheridge Road, Auburn.

What: Tire recycling facility and manufacturing plant.

When construction will begin: Tentatively before the end of this year.

When construction will be completed: One year build-out time.

An 180,000- to 200,000-square-foot center that recycles used tires with an attached manufacturing facility is planned for the 23-acre site across the railroad tracks at 112 Etheridge Road in Auburn, said David Evans, real estate agent for the Simpson Company in Suwanee.

The facility will use a patented process licensed in Germany that grinds the tires down to the consistency of printer toner, freezes it, then further refines it, Evans said. The manufacturing plant will then use the residue to fabricate items, which have not yet been determined.

If approved, the plant will employ about 75 workers, Auburn Mayor Linda Blechinger said.

Developers are waiting for the results of soil testing, Blechinger said, and for Barrow County to construct a road across the railroad tracks for the facility's use, said Billy Parks, Barrow County's district 5 commissioner.