New auto shredder begins operations in Alabama
In early 2004, David Hickman of David
Motor & Scrap,
Inc., decided to take his profitable Biloxi, Mississippi scrap yard to
the next level by investing in an automobile shredder.
Hickman acquired the perfect location for his shredder; a piece of property
in Mobile, Alabama that was grand-fathered as a scrap yard and it included
In mid-March of 2008, Hickman flipped the switch on a complete automobile
shredding system. It included a downstream system for capturing both
ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Future expansion plans include a second
eddy-current separator meant to recover fines from shredder fluff.
The facility boasts a two-scale system that allows trucks to weigh in
at the front gate, unload and weigh out at a second scale located at
the rear gate. The owner said customers would not have to wait to get
in and out over the same set of scales.
Over the past several years, the Mobile area has become a hotbed of industrial
growth, presenting many new opportunities to Hickman’s new company, David’s
Auto Shredding, Inc.
“It won’t take us nearly as long to put in our second shredder,” Hickman