Company expects the shredder to be fully operational by early March 2012.
American Auto Salvage & Recycling, a fourth-generation recycling company based in Cape May, N.J., held an official grand opening for its auto shredder in Millville, N.J. American Auto Salvage started a new company, called American Iron & Metal International, to operate the auto shredder.
Joe Silipena Jr., president of American Auto Salvage, says the new, 12-acre facility that is housing the auto shredder includes an American Pulverizer shredder with a Hustler conveyor and an Eriez eddy current downstream system. The downstream system will be totally enclosed in an 80,000-square-foot building. The company says that it is one of only a handful of companies that presently operate a shredder with a totally enclosed downstream system.
Silipena says that the auto shredder will be powered by two 2,000-horsepower motors. One news report says that American Auto invested around $6 million on the auto shredder.
Silipena adds that in addition to an auto shredder, American Iron & Metal will operate as a traditional scrap metal recycling facility and accept both ferrous and nonferrous metals. The facility, which American Auto purchased at auction three years ago, has concrete to prevent stormwater runoff. Silipena also says that the facility has a rail spur on the property, which will allow the company to rail shredded material to end markets.
Plans call for the shredder to operate five days a week. American Auto’s other facility, located at its headquarters in May Landing, N.J., will be used as a feeder yard for the auto shredder.
Silipena adds that the company celebrated the 90th birthday of its founder, Joseph Silipena Sr., with a ribbon cutting dedication of the auto shredder.