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Recycler sues transportation firms over missing copper

Keywords: Tags  copper scrap, copper chops, Industrial Metals Recycling, Worldwide Express, Partage, GI Carriers, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — An Illinois recycler is suing three transportation companies after loads of copper scrap worth more than $450,000 failed to arrive at a customer in New York.

Elgin-based Industrial Metals Recycling Corp. has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Illinois against Homer Glen, Ill.-based GI Carriers Inc., Chicago-based Partage LLC and Dallas-based Worldwide Express Inc.

Industrial Metals said in court documents that it sold 130,643 pounds of copper chops valued at $452,890 to Aurubis Buffalo Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., and arranged to have the material delivered in three shipments by the contracted companies. None of the shipments arrived, according to the company.

Worldwide Express doesn’t comment on pending litigation, an attorney for the company said, but added that it is confident of a favorable outcome. Worldwide Express brokers motor carriers and doesn’t actually haul, he added.

GI Carriers has had its license revoked, according to federal records, and couldn’t be reached for comment. Partage didn’t respond to a request for comment.

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