It’s a scrapyard. It’s a parking lot. It’s auto recycling of another stripe

Oct 06, 2006 | 09:08 AM | Michael Marley

A handful of former scrap industry executives from the South have switched gears, but they have not strayed too far from their recycling roots. Cousins Alan and Mark Cohen and Marty Kogon, three of the principals of the former Central Metals Co. in Atlanta, are building a network of state-of-the-art auto recycling yards.

Atlanta-based Pull-A-Part was founded by the trio in 1997, not long after they and other family members sold Central Metals to now-defunct Recycling Industries Inc. Central Metals operated a 15-acre yard in central Atlanta, hence the name, and three smaller yards elsewhere in the city. Recycling Industries, its new corporate parent, went bankrupt in 2001, and Central Metals' main scrapyard on Marietta Street has since become an apartment complex.

In addition to building a network of seven auto recycling yards, the three cousins also recruited Steve Levetan, another scrap industry veteran, to their management team. Levetan and his family once owned Dixie Iron & Metal Co., another Atlanta yard, which was sold to Mindis Recycling in the 1980s. Mindis, later renamed Regional Recycling LLC, is now part of Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc.'s operations in the South. Levetan had worked as a lobbyist for the scrap industry in the region from 1987 until he joined Pull-A-Part last year, where he now serves as senior vice president.....

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