On January 25, 2011, Western Metals Recycling (WMR) opened its newest scrap metal recycling plant at 4550 Broadway Boulevard SE, adjacent to its sister company’s used auto parts retail store, U-Pull-&-Pay (UPAP). The new yard is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Call the new Broadway facility at (505) 962-2100 for directions or more information.
The WMR facility utilizes 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 (NYSE: NUE). WMR is headquartered in Salt Lake City and has nearly 250 employees. WMR has 8 processing facilities. Across the U.S., the DJJ family of companies operates nearly 60 scrap processing and mill service facilities, plus 7 U-Pull-&-Pay stores.
The WMR Albuquerque yard offers state-of-the-art customer service technology, and its processing activities include shearing, baling, sorting ferrous and nonferrous scrap, industrial account servicing, and mobile site work including site clean up, baling and light demolition.
WMR has a two-part plan for the Albuquerque location. The first phase includes the new scrap metal recycling plant, buying common household ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal items like appliances, sheet metal, aluminum cans and other aluminum, copper and brass products. Customers are paid cash on site for their scrap metal. This new facility offers an opportunity for members of the community to sell obsolete metal products for their profit, rather than having to pay a waste management fee for disposal at a local landfill. Like all DJJ regional operating companies, WMR’s Albuquerque facility utilizes best-in-industry technology to digitally record seller information, and works with local law enforcement officers and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) to help prevent scrap theft issues.
Phase 2 will improve the facility to accommodate on-site processing activities, including the installation of an 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.
Founded in 1885, The David Joseph Company is one of the largest scrap brokers/processors in the United States and is celebrating over 125 years of excellence in scrap brokerage, processing and transportation services. Nucor and affiliates are manufacturers of steel products, with operating facilities primarily in the U.S. and Canada. Nucor is the leading purchaser of ferrous scrap and the largest recycler in North America.