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Growth industry: the list of America's auto shredding plants has grown with the global metals boom.(AUTO SHREDDER UPDATE)(Directory)

Some 220 auto shredding plants are tearing away at car bodies and other scrap across the country, according to the latest survey of the shredding plant landscape conducted by Recycling Today's staff. In the two years since this list was last published, pricing and demand for scrap metals have soared, giving shredder operators the confidence to upgrade many of the plants on the list. New plants have also been added.

Long-time shredding equipment vendor Jim Schwartz of Metso-Texas Shredder called the phenomenon "shredder mania" at the spring 2006 BIR (Bureau of International Recycling) World Recycling Convention. Schwartz said that he knew of some 26 shredding plants having been installed or that were underway between the October 2005 BIR meeting and the spring conference, which was held in late May of this year.

Schwartz estimated that about 25 percent of the plants were new shredder installations while the remainder were expansions or upgrades of existing plants.

He also noted that many of the new plants are large models powered by 6,000-hp or larger motors, as the world's scrap recyclers push past more than 100 million tons of shredded scrap produced annually.

This year's Recycling Today Auto Shredder list includes several new locations, including two plants opened by Midwest Metallics Inc. in Missouri (one in Kansas City and one in St. Joseph).

Two different recyclers, including St. Louis-based Alter Scrap Trading, have targeted Mobile, Ala., as an ideal site for a new shredder, with two new plants being installed in that Gulf Coast city. Other new plants have been or are being installed in Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

The following list indicates the current good health of the auto shredding industry, as few plants are now idled (as had been the case early this decade), and several new or planned shredder locations have been added.

As always in such endeavors, the staff of Recycling Today acknowledges that we may have missed a plant that should be on this list, retained an old company name or otherwise made a mistake. If you spot such a mistake, please do not hesitate to let us know. You can e-mail Editor Brian Taylor at btaylor@gie. …

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