Metals plans new facility in Albuquerque
Western Metals Recycling LLC (WMR) announced
plans to open a new scrap metal recycling plant in Albuquerque,
New Mexico adjacent to its sister company’s used auto parts retail
store, U-Pull-&-Pay (UPAP). The WMR facility will utilize
a portion of the UPAP property, which comprises more than 50
acres in unincorporated Bernalillo County. WMR and UPAP are wholly
owned by The David J. Joseph Company (DJJ), a Cincinnati-based
subsidiary of Nucor Corporation.
WMR has a two-part plan for the Albuquerque location. Phase 1
includes a scrap metal recycling plant, scheduled to be opened
by early summer 2010, pending all appropriate permits, licenses,
and required improvements. At this facility, WMR will buy common
household ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal items which may
include appliances, sheet metal, automobiles, aluminum cans and
other aluminum, copper and brass products. Customers will be
paid on site for their scrap metal. All metals purchased will
be sorted and then transferred off-site for processing. This
phase will require a staff of 5-10 full time employees, pending
Phase 2 will improve the facility to accommodate on-site processing
activities, including the installation of a 4000 HP automobile
shredder. This expansion plan is consistent with The David J.
Joseph Company strategy of strengthening its existing footprint
in the scrap processing industry, and takes advantage of vertical
integration within the company and the ancillary benefits of
being located adjacent to the UPAP store.
UPAP’s self-service business model allows customers to bring
their own tools to pull used auto parts for costs below market
rates. Inventories are turned over on a regular basis, with harvested
auto hulks crushed and recycled at DJJ processing facilities.
Upon the completion of WMR’s proposed Phase 2, the harvested
autos from this UPAP location will be recycled in Albuquerque.
The recovered metals will then be shipped to designated end-users
for refinement. Phase 2 improvements will increase the number
of employees at this WMR facility to 30-50.