Solotken Scrap relocates metal recycling facility
J. Solotken Scrap, an Indianapolis scrap metal
dealer, recently held a grand opening celebration for friends,
family and business associates.
After nearly 75 years in the same downtown location, J. Solotken
Scrap celebrated its move to their new Indianapolis headquarters
in the city’s East side by hosting a reception for some 150 guests.
The new facility, in which J. Solotken began operation March
1, had been left empty in May, 2008, following the closure of
another local business. J. Solotken and Co. purchased the building
in December, 2008 and over the past 15 months has invested approximately
$4.5 million to turn a once-vacant building into an efficient
scrap metal recycling facility.
“To have the opportunity to feature our operation to our clients
in a way that is different from how you would normally see it
is unique…yet it’s important for what it says about our business
and what we’ve continued to try to do for more than 90 years,”
said Brian Nachlis, vice president at J. Solotken.
He continued, “we’ve changed the entire structure of how we recycle
the metal that comes to us,” said Nachlis. “From the docks on
which materials are received…to the processes we use to move
it through the facility, everything has changed. Now, our production
capacity has increased dramatically; we’ve gone from packaging
scrap 500 pounds at a time and hand tying it together to 2,000
pounds and tying it automatically.
“As a result, we’re able to process larger truckloads and a mix
of different types of scrap,” added Nachlis.
Originally founded in 1914, the company has installed state-of-the-art
equipment, such as a high-tech baling system, to quickly process
the nonferrous metals that are recycled each day. In addition,
the building is now equipped with energy-efficient lighting,
new fire suppression and security systems, as well as a more
advanced HVAC set-up.
The entire shape of the company has changed, too, as the old
facility consisted of a maze of work areas spread out over three
floors. Moving to the new facility made it possible to put the
entire operation under one roof, with a 40 foot high ceiling.
Materials are received on three receiving docks including a bulk
storage area that includes drive-through access for easier loading/unloading.
Inside, the facility features two scales for weighing loads and
a third scale outside.
Locally, the company employs 35 people, but it was recently ranked
as one of the oldest and largest family-owned businesses in Indianapolis.