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Illinois recycler Cozzi O’Brien will expand

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NEW YORK — An Illinois recycler has announced a 10-acre expansion at its headquarters facility and the launch of a small shredding operation.

Bellwood, Ill.-based Cozzi O’Brien Recycling LLC has acquired 10 acres adjacent to its headquarters. The expanded location will host a Bonfiglioli shredder for the "primary purpose of shredding aluminum and upgrading some ferrous scrap," according to the company.

"Any notion that this operation is designed to compete with the big shredders in town is simply wrong. It’s not likely this shredder will ever even see an auto body," said chief executive officer Frank Cozzi, who added that the company spent three years looking for an expansion site.

"This expansion will give Cozzi O’Brien an opportunity to consolidate into this new property several storage and operational facilities that we are currently renting," he said. "While giving us a much more logistically friendly location for our truck fleet, it will also give us the space to expand our processing capability at this facility as well as at our Franklin Park, Ill., location."

Cozzi said the new site is across the street from its Melrose Park retail buying facility.

The company did not disclose how much processing volume the expansion would add or the investment required for the expansion.

Cozzi was president of Metal Management Inc. from 1999 until 2004. He later was a founding partner of scrap metal marketing and consulting company Cozzi Consulting Group, which merged with O’Brien Recycling Corp. in 2009.

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