Acipco Recycling has closed its auto shredder in Birmingham,
Ala., making the status of the operation unclear.
The company is the
on-site recycling arm of Birmingham-based American Cast Iron
Pipe Co., a manufacturer of ductile iron pipe, spiral-welded
steel pipe and electric-resistance welded steel pipe.
An automated message
at the shredder states the recycling arm is "no longer in
The decision to idle
the shredder might signal that Acipco plans to bring in a third
party to run its recycling arm or could have secured its
shredded scrap needs from another shredder in Birmingham.
Earlier this year,
sources indicated that New York-based Sims Metal Management
Ltd. would sell its shredder in Birmingham to a group of
investors that included Danny Rifkin, who had locked up a deal
to sell shredded scrap from the plant to Acipco (
amm.com, April 8).
Half of the industry
rumors came to fruition when Rifkin and Steel City Recycling
LLC purchased the Sims shredder (
amm.com, July 26).
Neither Acipco nor any
of Steel City Recyclings investors could be reached for