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OmniSource feeder yard plans progress

Keywords: Tags  metal recycler, feeder yard, scrapyard, shredder, OmniSource, David Dray, Saginaw, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — OmniSource Corp. is making progress in its quest to open a feeder yard in Saginaw, Mich.

The Saginaw Board of Appeals on Zoning voted 4-2 to grant a variance that would allow Fort Wayne, Ind.-based OmniSource to open a recycling facility on a 1.87-acre parcel, smaller than the city’s required 10 acres.

"We are looking at getting a site in Saginaw, and before we purchase the site we want to be sure we can use it for the purpose we would like to operate," David Dray, an OmniSource advisor, said in the telecast meeting. "The nature of scrapyards has changed quite a bit. When zoning was established in the town they required a lot of space," but new technology and the recycler’s intent for the property diminish the need for a large parcel.

OmniSource plans to use the facility to serve retail and industrial customers. The scrap purchased will be sent to one of its shredders for processing. The company plans to raze part of an existing structure at the site but retain the concrete pad to hold ferrous material, while nonferrous material will be stored inside. No timetable has been established for when it will open.

This is one of several sites in the area, but the company has made no final decision on the Saginaw property, a company spokesman said. OmniSource is considering other areas in the region and is working to see which areas would be viable options.

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