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GLE Scrap Metal plans to install auto shredder

Keywords: Tags  auto shredder, GLE Scrap Metal, Nathan Zack, shredder, Melvindale Mich, ferrous scrap, nonferrous scrap, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — GLE Scrap Metal Inc. is planning to install an auto shredder at one of its Michigan facilities.

The Warren, Mich.-based company has submitted an application to the planning commission in Melvindale, Mich., to install a 2,500-horsepower shredder with a downstream sorting system that will generate 8,000 gross tons of shred a month.

The Melvindale Planning Commission declined to make a recommendation at a hearing this week but will take up the matter again July 10. A spokeswoman with the building department said that the panel had requested additional information from GLE, including its truck traffic estimates, anticipated hours of operations, and plans for screening, dust control and fire protection.

Once the planning commission makes its recommendation, the city council will vote on whether to allow construction of a shredder on the 18.4-acre site.

"Our meeting was positive, and aside from the truck traffic we believe we now have the community support," GLA president Nathan Zack told AMM.

Zack said he was motivated to install a shredder after visiting one recently started by a friendly competitor. If the project goes through, it will become the 15th shredder in the state.

GLE’s roots are in nonferrous metals, but the company expanded into ferrous metals a few years ago. "We have a lot of customers that will help us to feed the shredder," Zack said, and the facility recently added rail access that will enable it to supply numerous mills.

GLE owns another yard in Pontiac, Mich.; an electronics recycling facility in Sterling Heights, Mich.; and three yards in Florida.

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