Southern Recycling getting back to business

Sep 14, 2005 | 10:45 AM | Michael Marley

Southern Recycling LLC, operator of the largest scrap operation in hurricane- and flood-damaged New Orleans, is ready to get back to work at its biggest yard in the Big Easy.

Pat Ryan, Southern Recycling's chief operating officer, said the company's main yard in New Orleans along the Industrial Canal is dry and has been for much of the time since Hurricane Katrina ripped through the area two weeks ago, although a small feeder yard near the city's central business district is still under water.

The main yard, which sits on higher ground near Florida Avenue, and the canal were dry within four or five hours after the storm, Ryan said, but there was no access because roads into the area were impassible.

Southern Recycling, headquartered in New Orleans, has 15 yards in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Three of its facilities-the two in New Orleans and one in Gulfport, Miss.-were shut by the Category 4 hurricane....

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