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Tri Metal to open scrapyard to serve Alaska rail project

Keywords: Tags  metals recycler, Tri Metal International, Syed Hussain, Port MacKenzie Rail Extension, Alaska scrapyard, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — Tri Metal International LLC has obtained a conditional land use permit from the city council in Houston, Alaska, allowing it to open its second scrapyard in the state in order to take advantage of a rail expansion project.

Wasilla, Alaska-based Tri Metal will open a metals collection and transfer center in Houston to serve the Port Mackenzie Rail Extension, which will add 32 miles of new rail line between Houston and Port MacKenzie, Alaska.

The 23.32-acre property is adjacent to the railway. Tri Metal will clear eight of the acres in its daily operations. The recycler will install a 120-foot truck scale, as well as baling and shearing equipment.

"We will probably open in November and picked this area because there is quite a bit of scrap here," Tri Metal managing partner Syed Hussain told AMM.

As a condition for the permit, the council required that a $1-million liability policy be taken out naming the city as an additional beneficiary. Federal stormwater permits must also be in place.

Tri Metal exported its first load of scrap metal to South Korea last year (, Nov. 21).

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