NEW YORK Scrap
flow has yet to be seriously impacted by a major winter storm
across much of the southeastern United States, but companies in
affected areas have prepared for the worst.
The storm brought
dangerous ice and snow conditions and was expected to
intensify, according to the National Weather Service.
"There is no doubt
that this is one of Mother Natures worst kinds of storms
that can be inflicted on the South," Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal
said during a Feb. 11 news conference. He has declared a state
of emergency in Georgia and has requested federal
Newell Recycling LLC,
headquartered in East Point, Ga., announced that all "locations
will be closed (Feb. 12) except for the Savannah and Statesboro
locations." Newell, a major processor of ferrous and nonferrous
scrap, operates 12 recycling facilities throughout Georgia.
"We are fairly certain
that trucks are going to struggle across the South," one major
buyer of used beverage cans told AMM. "Thankfully, we
have enough inventory to hold us over for the next couple of
"We are closed (Feb.
12). I dont think anyone is open. We went through such an
apocalypse two weeks ago that people took heed this time. There
is nobody on the roads," Marvin Fish, general manager at
Atlanta-based Metro Alloys Inc., told AMM, adding that
the state had advised all trucks to stay off the roads. "We
primarily handle industrial accounts and we worked all day
(Feb. 11) to ensure that our accounts were taken care of,
Calls to other major
metal companies in the Atlanta metropolitan area, including
Schnitzer Southeast, a subsidiary of Schnitzer Steel Industries
Inc., were not immediately returned.
plummet across much of the region, power outages in Georgia and
much of the Southeast are growing exponentially, with
NBC News reporting that more than 200,000
customers in Georgia were without power.
companies have posted notices on their websites warning
customers of potential service outages over the next few
"Due to extreme
weather conditions, shipments moving across the Midwest and
Northeast have been experiencing delays of 24 to 48 hours,"
Norfolk Southern Corp. said on its website. "In locations
where extreme temperatures are combined with snow or ice
conditions, some local service may be curtailed."
weather conditions continue to impact loaded and empty
container flows throughout the domestic intermodal network,"
J.B. Hunt Transport Inc., Lowell, Ark., said on its