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Joseph Smith & Sons seeks to open Va. yard

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PITTSBURGH — Joseph Smith & Sons Inc. is seeking to open a metals recycling facility in Alexandria, Va., according to a permit application filed with the city.

Wheeler Ave. Recycling LLC will go before the Alexandria planning commission Nov. 7 requesting a special use permit in an area zoned for industrial use. The permit application was signed by R. Paul Smith, president of Capitol Heights, Md.-based Joseph Smith & Sons, which has 21 locations across Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Joseph Smith & Sons, a venture of Warrington, England-based European Metal Recycling Ltd., couldn’t be reached for comment. The recycler could use the site as a feeder yard for its megashredding operations in Baltimore and Capitol Heights.

Joseph Smith & Sons also commissioned a shredder in Cumberland, Md., earlier this year (, March 1).

Alexandria-based Wheeler Ave. Recycling plans to receive, bale and box ferrous and nonferrous metals, vehicles and equipment. The two-acre facility, which will be leased, is fully paved and has a 10,000-square-foot building on the premises.

If the permit is approved, Wheeler Ave. Recycling will install a truck scale at the site, according to the application. The company expects to employ 12 workers and serve up to 100 customers daily, seven days per week.

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