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AIM to buy OneSteel Recycling’s Maine assets

Nov 08, 2013 | 04:20 PM |

Tags  scrap, American Iron & Metal Inc, . Herb Black, acquisition, assets, state of Maine, One Steel Recycling, Inc. Attrium Ltd.

NEW YORK — American Iron & Metal Co. Inc. (AIM) is acquiring OneSteel Recycling Inc.’s operations in Maine, AMM has learned.

AIM president and chief executive officer Herb Black confirmed that his company has acquired OneSteel Recycling’s facilities in Maine and said the deal is being finalized.

"We bought the five locations OneSteel has in Maine. It’s in the process," he said.

Once completed, the acquisition will mark Montreal-based AIM’s first foray into New England, a move that Black said fits well with his company’s structure.

"It’s just an intelligent purchase because we have our operations in St. John (New Brunswick), and that material can move as easily to St. John as it can to the East Coast," he said.

Sydney, Australia-based Arrium Ltd., OneSteel’s parent company, announced this past summer that it would offer its U.S. recycling business for sale (, July 5).

OneSteel owns and operates five facilities in Florida, five in Maine and one in Virginia.

"We have a priority to reduce the company’s overall level of debt. Today’s announcement reflects initiatives in our steel and recycling businesses, with our focus on improving earnings and cash generation," Arrium managing director and chief executive officer Andrew Roberts said at the time.

OneSteel did not respond to a request for comment, and there was no news yet regarding market interest for its Florida and Virginia operations.

One market source said the sale of the company’s Florida assets would prove to be the most challenging due to competition.

"That’s a very tough market to find margins in. The competition is too intense," he said.

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