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Ex-OmniSource employee opens Ariz. yard

Keywords: Tags  scrap, scrapyard, CFS Metals Recycling, Danny Byron, Micah Dray, Noah Dray, ferrous scrap, nonferrous scrap Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — A new scrap market player has emerged in Tucson, Ariz., looking to move from the peddler trade into the industrial arena.

CFS Metals Recycling LLC, owned by Micah Dray, Noah Dray and Danny Byron, has opened a one-acre facility that is currently focused on the retail customer. Byron worked at Fort Wayne, Ind.-based OmniSource Corp. for nearly two decades, most recently as a marketing representative, and also at Ace Iron & Metal Co., Columbus, Ohio.

"Our emphasis since opening is on the peddler trade, but we plan to quickly ramp up to the industrial side. There are a lot of opportunities out here," Byron told AMM.

The three men spent nearly two years planning and securing the site, a former truck service center with large drive-through bays. It selected the industrial-zoned area because it is close to two major highways.

"There are four steelmakers here that are within striking distance by rail," Byron said.

The business has been growing so fast that it is considering finding a second location with rail access, Micah Dray said. "We had 20 customers our first day and are now averaging 60-plus customers a day. ... We are focused on a consumer customer-based model."

"An acre only gets you so far, and we are busy getting material in and out as quickly as possible and will expand to a second operation if the opportunity presents itself," Byron said.

A truck scale has been installed and the yard has purchased both a ferrous and nonferrous baler. The material is being sold to larger yards with processing ability or directly to consumers.

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