Scrap Metal Inc. is planning to install an auto shredder at one
of its Michigan facilities.
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.
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
"Our meeting was
positive, and aside from the truck traffic we believe we now
have the community support," GLA president Nathan Zack told
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.
GLEs 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
GLE owns another yard
in Pontiac, Mich.; an electronics recycling facility in
Sterling Heights, Mich.; and three yards in Florida.