PITTSBURGH 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 operation."
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 comment.