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W.Va. recycler upgrades its scrap separation systems

Keywords: Tags  Recycle West Virginia, Recycle WV, Wendt, Tommy Bishop, Tom Bishop, nonferrous separation systems, Daniel Fitzgerald


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 manufacturer.

Recycle WV installed the equipment to improve its recovery of such items as copper wire and to create new products from automobile shredder residue, Wendt said.

"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 building."

As a result, the upgraded separation system required a new motor control center and the current electrical controls were updated.


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