NEW YORK Recycle West
Virginia LLC (Recycle WV) has upgraded its nonferrous scrap
metal separation systems as part of a plant expansion aimed at
increasing its range of shredded materials.
The Princeton, W.Va.-based
recycler has installed a tumble back feeder, two 80-inch dual
magnetic separators, an 80-inch single magnetic separator and
other sensor-driven finding equipment from
Tonawanda, N.Y.-based Wendt Corp., according to the equipment
Recycle WV installed the
equipment to improve its recovery of such items as copper wire
and to create new products from automobile shredder residue,
"The plant was engineered so
that we can easily add more processing equipment to further
upgrade our nonferrous products with little or no change to our
layout," Recycle WV owner Tommy Bishop said. "It is near
impossible to find any type of metal in my fluff. The current
rate of recovery is exceeding our expectations, and we
anticipate an excellent (return on investment)."
Bishop opened the company in
2008 with father Tom Bishop, who formerly served as president
of Chilhowie, Va.-based Berry Iron & Metal (
amm.com, Sept. 10, 2009).
Because Recycle VW operates
within a restored Virginian Railway manufacturing and repair
yard listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Wendt
said the upgrade "created challenges" as they were "limited in
the type of renovations that were allowed to be made to the
As a result, the upgraded
separation system required a new motor control center and the
current electrical controls were updated.