Michigan has a new scrap player as Electronic Computer &
Light Metal Recycling started accepting customers Tuesday.
The Dowagiac City Council
earlier this month granted a special land use permit to allow
Robert Wallace to establish a light metal recycling facility at
space previously occupied by the former National Copper
From 2003 to 2008, Wallace was
yard manager at a Lou Padnos Iron & Metal Co. facility, and
from 2008 through the start of this year was a buyer for Eau
Claire-based Randys Recycling Inc.
"My son-in-law encouraged me to
go out on my own and I thought it was time to give it a try,"
The Dowagiac feeder yard accepts
nonferrous and ferrous material, and a fluorocarbon recovery
system allows the company to purchase appliances and drain the
Wallace decided to open the
Dowagiac facility, a process that took about two months, while
he continues to pursue the start up of another facility in a
neighboring area in Cassopolis.
Wallace has been working for
more than nine months to open the five-acre Cassopolis site,
located about 10 minutes away from the Dowagiac site. The
process has been held up by a Cassopolis junkyard ordinance
that requires a wall to be erected around the entire facility
rather than a fence. A fence would cost $46,000 while erecting
a wall is estimated to cost $160,000.
"We have a budget to work with, and after submitting our
site plans and expecting approval (we) were blindsided with the
request for a wall," Wallace said.