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Working overtime: America's auto shredder capacity grows to feed a hungry global market.

When Recycling Today last published its list of auto, shredding plants in the United States, in October of 2002, the ferrous scrap market was just starting to bounce back after a prolonged slump.

In the ensuing 24 months, the global steel industry has continued to prosper, feeding a hunger for the ferrous scrap grades produced at the nation's auto shredding facilities.

Recycling companies have responded by upgrading existing plants, replacing some older shredder models and even with several new "greenfield" installations.

The list on the pages that follow is indicative of the renewed health of the auto shredding industry, as few plants are now in an idled mode (as had been the case with some in both the 2000 and the 2002 lists), and several new shredder locations can be spotted.

Among the new shredding locations is a plant in Lawrenceville, Ga., in suburban Atlanta, opened by Blaze Recycling. The newly-installed shredder competes for feedstock in the last-growing Atlanta region with the two Newell Recycling Atlanta shredder plants.

Economists may not think of northwestern Iowa as a fast-growing region, but Toby Shine of Shine Bros. Co., Spencer, Iowa, has enough confidence in the scrap market there to install a new shredding plant at his scrap processing from.

A California entrepreneur who owns auto dismantling locations and a rail car repair and dismantling firm is attempting to build it new shredder plant in Colton, Calif., east of Los Angeles. News reports from the area indicate that business owner Charles Siroonian is attempting to obtain permits for a shredding plant to be built on a 19-acre site in Colton.

In Ohio, a once-idle shredding plant originally located in Cleveland has been shipped downstate to a rural location neat Mansfield, Ohio. Grant Milliron, owner of Milliron Industries, says he expects the 6,000-hp shredder to be running by the end of the year.

The foundation for the shredder plant was laid in August, and the company has been procuring inventory--mostly auto bodies--to feed the shredder when it starts up.

Several scrap recyclers have made the decision to upgrade older auto shredding plants, sometimes purchasing larger models with more horsepower and larger rotors. SchnitzerSteel Industries, Portland, Ore., has been replacing and upgrading its shredder plants, with its Oakland facility having been upgraded in 2003.

Some ownership and management changes have occurred within the shredding segment, including an operating agreement between Chaparral Steel and Sims Group USA Corp. for Sims to run a Virginia shredding plant built by Chaparral several years ago.

SimsGroup will operate the 6,000-hp shredder in Petersburg Va., while Chaparral's nearby electric arc furnace (EAF) mill is expected to remain a significant consumer.

Investments in shredding capacity have increased activity for industry suppliers, including shredding plant designers, fabricators, castings providers and engine and drive makers.

In the United States, the revival of the ferrous scrap sector has largely ridden the shoulders of the obsolete scrap supply, since prompt industrial scrap volumes are not increasing noticeably. Much of the obsolete scrap stream funnels through the shredding plants that are now humming along with as many operating hours as plant managers can sustain.

After the late 1990s and the early portion of this decade had shredder operators worrying about their ability to shred material and maintain a profit margin, the current environment is being enjoyed.

Most shredder operators have a scrap recycling background, making them all too aware of the boom and bust cycles that can affect scrap pricing. For now, though, shredder capacity is in line with a global demand picture that can soak up all the ferrous shred that U.S. plants can produce.

ALASKA

Anchorage

Alaska Metal Recycling

ALABAMA

Birmingham

ACIPCO (American Cast Iron Pipe Co.)

Decatur

Tennesse Valley Recycling (formerly

Denbo Iron & Metal Co. Inc.)

ARIZONA

Phoenix

Metal Management Arizona LLC

Tucson

Metal Management Arizona LLC

ARKANSAS

North Little Rock

A. Tenenbaum Co. Inc.

CALIFORNIA

Anaheim

Adams Steel

Bakersfield

Golden State Metals Inc.

Etiwanda

Pacific Coast Recycling Co, (formerly Simsmetal America)

Oakland

Schnitzer Steel Products Co.

Redwood City

Simsmetal America

Terminal Island

Hugo Neu-Proler Co.

COLORADO

Colorado Springs

Metal Management--Colorado Springs

Denver

All Recycling;

Metal Management Inc.--Denver; Western Metals Recycling

Pueblo

American Iron & Metal

CONNECTICUT

North Haven

Metal Management Connecticut Inc.

South Norwalk

LaJoie's Auto Wrecking Co.

FLORIDA

Baldwin

Global Shredding Technologies/Gerdau AmeriSteel;

OmniSource Corp./Ameristeel

Jacksonville

Commercial Metals Co.

Miami

Ferrous Processing and Trading--Florida

Pensacola

Auto-Shred Recycling LLC

Pinellas Park

Acre Iron & Metal Co. (Trademark Metals)

Opa Locke

Everglades Recycling (Trademark Metals)

Orlando

Commercial Iron & Metals Co. Inc.

Rockledge

Yorke Doliner & Co.

Tampa

Trademark Metals Recycling LLC

GEORGIA

Athens

Carolinas Recycling Group LLC (formerly OmniSource)

Atlanta

Newell Recycling of Atlanta Inc. (2)

Norcross

Blaze Recycling and Metals

HAWAII

Kapolei

Hawaii Metal Recycling Co. (a division of Hugo Neu)

IOWA

Council Bluffs

Alter Scrap Processing

Davenport

Alter Scrap Processing

Sioux City

Sioux City Compressed Steel Co.

Spencer

Shine Bros.

Waterloo

Alter Scrap Processing (formerly Weissman Iron & Metal)

Wilton

North Star Recycling

ILLINOIS

Bourbonnais

Belson Scrap & Steel (operates a smaller steel shredder)

Chicago

Metal Management (4);

General Iron Industries Inc. (2)

East St, Louis

St. Louis Auto Shredding (a division of Pilot Brothers Trading)

Peoria

Allied Iron & Steel

Peoria

Behr--Peoria

South Beloit

Behr Beloit

INDIANA

East Chicago

OmniSource Corp.

Fort Wayne

OmniSource Corp.

Indianapolis

Capital City Metals Shredding

Yard

East Chicago

OmniSource Corp.

Evansville

J. Trockman & Sons Inc.

Kokomo

Mervis Industries Inc.

KANSAS

Hutchinson

Midwest Iron & Metal Co. Inc.

Kansas City

Galamba Metals Group LLC--Kaw River Shredding Yard

Wichita

Glickman Iron & Metal

KENTUCKY

Ashland

Mansbach Metal Co.

Henderson

River Metals Recycling LLC

Louisville

River City Shredding Co. (River Metals Recycling)

Newport

River Metals Recycling LLC

LOUISIANA

Baton Rouge

Southern Scrap Xpress Recycling

LaPlace

Mississippi River Recycling (a division of Bayou Steel)

Monroe

Auto Shred of Louisiana

New Orleans

Southern Scrap Material Co. LLC

MASSACHUSETTS

Everett

Prolerized New England Co. (a division of Hugo Neu)

Greenfield

WTE Recycling Inc.

MARYLAND

Baltimore

Baltimore Scrap Corp.;

United Iron & Metal (formerly The David J. Joseph Co.)

Capitol Heights

Joseph Smith & Sons Inc.

Hagerstown

Conservit Inc.

MAINE

Auburn

Maine Metal Recycling Inc. (operates a light iron shredder)

Topsham

Grimmel Industries

MICHIGAN

Detroit

Ferrous Processing and Trading Co. (2)

Grand Rapids

Louis Padnos Iron & Metal

Holland

Louis Padnos Iron & Metal

Jackson

OmniSource Corp, (formerly Jackson Metal)

Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Metal Recyclers Inc.

Kingsford

East Kingsford Iron & Metal

Sturgis

Sturgis Iron & Metal Co. Inc.

Taylor

Fritz Enterprises Inc.

MINNESOTA

Anoka

Schwartzman Co. Inc.

Duluth

Bay Side Recycling Corp.

St. Paul

North Star Recycling

MISSOURI

Kansas City

Galamba Metals Group, Galamet Yard

MISSISSIPPI

Flowood

General Recycling

Greenville

Greenville Iron & Metal (a division of Morris Recycling)

NEBRASKA

Columbus

Columbus Metal Industries

NEVADA

Las Vegas

Silver Dollar Recycling

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Concord

Advanced Recycling

Madbury

New England Metal Recycling LLC

NEW JERSEY

Camden

Camden Iron & Metal Inc.

Clifton

American Shredding Industries;

Parkway Iron and Metal

Jersey City

Hugo Neu Schnitzer East

Millville

Cumberland Recycling Corp.

Newark

Metal Management Northeast Inc./NIMCO Shredding

Trenton

Mercer Wrecking and RecycleCorp.;

Trenton Iron and Metal Corp.

NEW MEXICO

Albuquerque

Albuquerque Metals Recycling

NEW YORK

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Resource Recovery Inc.;

Gershow Recycling

Buffalo

Gerdau AmeriSteel Buffalo Metals Recycling (formerly Co-Steel Recycling/Advance Division)

Green Island

R. Kelly Freedman & Son Inc.

Lindenhurst

Gershow Recycling

Long Island

Hugo Neu Schnitzer East--Queens

Medford

Gershow Recycling

North Chill

Union Processing

Owego

Ben Weitsman & Son

Rensselaer

Rensselaer Iron & Steel Inc.

Syracuse

Roth Steel Corp.

NORTH CAROLINA

Charlotte

Southern Metals Co. Inc.

Kernersville

Atlantic Scrap & Processing

Greensboro

D.H. Griffin Wrecking Co.

Smithville

Atlantic Scrap & Processing

Statesville

L. Gordon Iron & Metal Co,

OHIO

Akron

City Scrap & Salvage Co.

Canton

Philip Metals

Cleveland

Ferrous Processing & Trading

Columbus

American Car Crushing;

Philip Metals

Mansfield

Milliron Industries (coming online 4Q 2004)

Marietta

American Car Crushing

Toledo

North Star Recycling/Toledo Shredding LLC;

OmniSource Corp.

West Carrollton

Metal Shredders Inc.

Wooster

Wooster Iron & Metal Co.

Youngstown

Youngstown Iron & Metal Inc.

OKLAHOMA

Arkoma

Yaffe Iron and Metal

Oklahoma City

CFF Recycling USA;

Standard Iron & Metal Co. Inc.

Sand Springs

Yaffe Metals

OREGON

Portland

Schnitzer Steel Products Co.

PENNSYLVANIA

Beaver Falls

Philip Metals

Coatesville

Coatesville Scrap Iron & Metal

Erie

Liberty Iron & Metal Co.

Harrisburg

Consolidated Scrap Resources

Philadelphia

SPC Corp.

Pittsburgh

Neville Metals (coming online 4Q 2004);

Tube City Inc.

Schuylkill Haven

U.S.S. Achey Inc.

Temple

Royal Green Corp.

Wilkes-Barre

DMS Shredding Inc.

York

J & K Shredding

RHODE ISLAND

Johnston

Metals Recycling LLC (a division of Hugo Neu)

SOUTH CAROLINA

Darlington

Darlington Shredding Co.

Dillon

Lockamy Scrap Metal Inc.

Hemingway

Don's Scrap & Iron

Lexington

Commercial Metals Co.

Spartanburg

Carolinas Recycliing Group

TENNESSEE

Chattanooga

PCS Metals

Harriman

PCS Metals

Jackson

The David J. Joseph Co.

Johnson City

Johnson City Iron & Metal Co.

Knoxville

PCS Metals

Memphis

Metal Management--Memphis (2)

Morristown

Morristown Shredder Inc.

Nashville

PCS Metals

Pulaski

Tennessee Valley Recycling LLC

TEXAS

Beaumont

Commercial Metals Co,

Corpus Christi

Commercial Metals Co.

Dallas

Commercial Metals Co.

Eagle Pass

Newell Recycling Co.

El Paso

Newell Recycling of El Paso

Houston

CFF Houston;

Northwest Recycling LLC;

Rose Metal Processing

Midlothian

TXI Chaparral Steel

San Antonio

Monterrey Iron & Metal;

Newell Recycling of San Antonio

Seguin

Commercial Metals Co.

Vinton

Commercial Metals Co.

Waco

M. Lipsitz & Co. Inc.

UTAH

Plymouth

Western Metals Recycling LLC

Salt Lake City

Metal Management West Inc.;

Western Metals Recycling LLC

VIRGINIA

Chesapeake

Simsmetal--Chesapeake (formerly

Bay Bridge Enterprises)

Lorton

Davis Industries Inc.

Montvale

Shredded Products Corp.

Petersburg

Simsmetal (formerly Chapparral)

Richmond

Simsmetal America

WASHINGTON

Seattle

Seattle Iron and Metal

Tacoma

General Metals/Schnitzer Steel

Vancouver

Pacific Coast Shredding

WEST VIRGINIA

Wheeling

Automatic Recycling

WISCONSIN

Fond Du Lac

Sadoff Iron & Metal Co.

Green Bay

Samuels Recycling Co.

Madison

Samuels Recycling Co.

Milwaukee

Miller Compressing Co. (2)
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Title Annotation:Auto Shredder Update
Comment:Working overtime: America's auto shredder capacity grows to feed a hungry global market.(Auto Shredder Update)
Author:Toto, Deanne
Publication:Recycling Today
Article Type:Cover Story
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2004
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