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 assistance.
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 days."
"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, scrap-wise."
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.
As temperatures 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.
Several shipping companies have posted notices on their websites warning customers of potential service outages over the next few days.
"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."
"These dramatic 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 website.