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OmniSource closer to opening 10th Mich. site

Keywords: Tags  auto shredder, Clyde Billips, OmniSource, Steel Dynamics, Michigan yard, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — OmniSource Corp. is set to open a new feeder yard to supply its Jackson, Mich., auto shredder.

The recycler, a wholly owned unit of Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Steel Dynamics Inc., is expected to receive approval from the Coldwater Township Planning Commission to open its doors during a special meeting April 10. It would be OmniSource’s 10th facility in Michigan.

The yard is expected to employ three workers, Clyde Billips, OmniSource’s Michigan division manager, told AMM. It will buy ferrous and nonferrous material, and will decommission vehicles indoors.

Fort Wayne-based OmniSource, which acquired the property at an October auction, has already completed site work and installed a 70-foot truck scale on the 6.5-acre parcel. It formerly served as an auto wrecker, a township spokesman said.

"Our main focus will be on retail, post-consumer recycling," Billips said. "We see this area as a niche pocket, and our decision is part of our strategy to open up another feeder yard to feed our Jackson shredder."

The township held up the approval until it verified that the recycler had taken steps with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to keep stormwater and contaminants from seeping into a local wellhead that supplies water to the area, the township spokesman said, adding that OmniSource is expected to receive approval, provided that all the paperwork is complete.

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