PITTSBURGH PSC Metals Inc. is laying plans to reopen several facilities after restarting a shuttered scrapyard in Georgia.
The companys Dalton-based feeder yard resumed operations in March, Robert B. Brewer, chief executive officer of the Mayfield Heights, Ohio-based recycler and broker, confirmed to AMM.
The yard was among several closed last year as PSC Metals worked to contain costs (amm.com, May 13, 2013).
"We have already returned to pre-shutdown levels. The yard is between Chattanooga (Tenn.) and Atlanta and is located in an extremely busy growth area," Brewer said.
Scrap procured at the yard is feeding the companys Chattanooga megashredder.
"We expect to double that same growth throughout the remainder of summer, and this could be one of our largest retail centers in the South by the end of year," Brewer said.
While the five-acre yard was closed, the company conducted an overhaul to make it retail friendly. Areas used by customers were hard-surfaced, an indoor receiving area was created and employees were given customer service training. The yard is now decommissioning vehicles to make it easy for a customer to sell a vehicle.
PSC Metals West Knoxville, Tenn., yard has been converted to a truck depot.
Some other shuttered yards will be reopened this year to increase feedstock for the companys shredders, Brewer said, without disclosing their locations.