NEW YORK David J. Joseph
Co. (DJJ) has halted a shredder at one of its facilities in
The shredder, which forms part
of the Henderson, Ky., operations of DJJ-owned River Metals
Recycling LLC (RMR), was idled earlier this week.
A spokeswoman for DJJ, which is
a wholly owned subsidiary of Charlotte, N.C.-based steelmaker
Nucor Corp., confirmed the development, saying that RMR idled
its shredding department Monday "in response to current market
The company did not specify how
many jobs were affected by the move, but industry estimates peg
the number at around 10.
"Although there is a change in
the work force in Henderson, the employees are being given the
opportunity to transfer to other recycling operations within
the David J. Joseph family of companies across the U.S.," the
spokeswoman told AMM.
RMR installed the worlds
first Gamma-Tech online bulk shredded scrap analyzer at its
Newport, Ky., yard in 2002, and later installed online bulk
analyzers at other RMR yards, including its Henderson
Developed by a former DJJ
employee, the Gamma-Tech machine analyzes shredded scrap for
contaminants as it moves along a conveyor. DJJ has said
previously that the technology can accurately determine the
chemistry of scrap grades and reduce variability in designing
blends and scrap charges.
The decision to idle a shredder
follows moves by other large scrap companies to restructure and
consolidate businesses as the industry battles a challenging
Earlier this week, Sims Metal
Management Ltd. sold two Arizona recycling facilities to its
50-50 joint venture, SA Recycling LLC (
amm.com, Dec. 3); last month, OmniSource Corp.
laid off between 40 and 50 workers at its Southeast division
amm.com, Nov. 20) and PSC Metals Inc. laid off
more than 100 workers (
amm.com, Nov. 9); and in late August, Schnitzer
Steel Industries Inc. said it would cut 300 jobs, or about 7
percent of its total work force (
amm.com, Aug. 28).