Scrap Metal Services Buys 360 Degree Metal Recycling’s Auto Shredding Unit

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

September 10, 2014

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Scrap Metal Services Buys 360 Degree Metal Recycling’s Auto Shredding Unit

Scrap Metal Services LLC (SMS) has acquired the auto shredding operation of 360 Degree Metal Recycling Inc. and full-service scrap yard in New Carlisle, Ind., for an undisclosed amount.

The existing facility is strategically located to allow the Burnham, Ill.-based SMS to cost-effectively transport shredder feedstock scrap, including vehicles and obsolete scrap, from its nine northwest Indiana and Chicago retail facilities and auto parts operations, the company said in a news release.

SMS said it will take the shredded ferrous scrap produced and sell and ship by truck and rail to steel mills in the Midwest for re-melting into new steel products. The company will send the metallic shredder residue (Zorba and Zurik) to SMS’ Non-ferrous Division’s recently opened Heavy Media Plant in Blue Island, Ill., for further separation of the various metals recovered in the shredding process.

“We have been looking at siting a major auto shredding operation in the Chicagoland or Northern Indiana area for some time to primarily process our company’s growing shredder feedstock,” said SMS CEO Jeffry Gertler. “Rather than add another shredder in this highly competitive marketplace, acquiring an existing shredding operation in the area, which met our company’s environmental

standards, was economically prudent and strategically a good fit.”

SMS operates more than 20 scrap processing, steel mill support services, ship breaking and oil rig dismantlement intermodal/truck/railcar dismantling facilities and auto salvage and parts sales yards in the United States and Mexico.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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