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Tennessee’s Kan Metal gets ‘go’ to open on 4.3-acre site

Keywords: Tags  scrap metals recycler, Kan Metal Recycling, Taqi Ali Mirza, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — The third time proved the charm for a Tennessee metals recycler, who has now gained the necessary support for his business.

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency has issued a special conditional permit allowing Kan Metal Recycling to open on a 4.3-acre site in an area zoned for manufacturing. The company will have to install a fence on part of the property and cannot be open for business on Sundays.

Kan Metal owner Taqi Ali Mirza told AMM that he plans to immediately complete city requirements and hopes to be open in a month. "I have now been shut down since March 31 and am losing a lot of customers. I had only been opened six months and was already doing 500 tons a month," he said.

The company faced two setbacks earlier this year. First it was forced to close its original location because it wasn’t properly zoned, and was then denied approval to relocate to a second site as it was too close to the Finley Stadium ballpark (, April 5).

Scrap metal facilities are permitted in an M-1 manufacturing zone, but Kan Metal needed the permit as it will be an open air operation. Plans for the facility include a truck scale, and the recycler will accept vehicles that have been drained of fluids.

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