PITTSBURGH Edward M. Sisk Inc. has opened its third metal recycling facility, marking a departure for the 67-year-old South Carolina company, which previously resisted expansion.
The Duncan-based company, which now does business as Scrap For Us, opened the doors on its new nine-acre facility in Gaffney, S.C., on April 29.
"It is unusual to be around so long and not have a lot of yards. My mother was the previous owner. She liked to keep things simple and wasnt looking to expand," vice president Travis Knight told AMM. "When my brothers Eric, Greg and I took it over, we had the choice of doing something with it or becoming stagnant. We decided to grow it."
The Gaffney area seemed ripe as there are limited places to recycle in the area, he said.
The company acquired the scrapyard in September and spent the winter constructing a 45,000-square-foot drive-through nonferrous warehouse, laying concrete pads and installing a 70-foot truck scale.
All vehicles and metal collected in Gaffney will be sent to one of its two Duncan yards for processing. In addition to the new location, the Knights expanded processing abilities and invested in a chopping line.
It also bales, torches and crushes cars. Scrap is primarily sent directly to consumers, but some is resold to shredders.