Scrap metal recycler will locate one shredder at a greenfield site outside Wichita, Kan.
The equipment company Harris, Tyrone, Ga., has sold an HS 98115 auto shredder and an HS 125125 auto shredder to Midwest Scrap Management, based in Kansas City and St. Joseph, Mo.
The two auto shredders mark the third and fourth Harris shredder plant purchases for Midwest Scrap Management. However, the company is expected to take its current auto shredder in St. Joseph offline when the new auto shredder is installed. Midwest purchased its first Harris shredder, the HS 6090, in 2002.
From the first HS6090 to the current HS125125 running in Kansas City, Mo., Midwest Scrap says it has had great success with the Harris shredders. When it came time to expand and purchase another shredder or two, the decision was an easy one for Kenny Burgess, founder and owner of MSM. “Harris was his first and only choice,” Jim Summers, Midwest Scrap Management operations manager, says.
Summers cites dependability as a main factor in Midwest Scrap’s decision. “When it comes to shredders, there just is not another shredder mill that can hold up to the punishment we give our Harris HS125125 day after day,” Summers adds. “With over 1,000,000 tons ran through our HS125125 it has proven itself time and time again to produce some of the cleanest and most dense scrap on the market.”
One of the shredders will be installed at an 80-acre greenfield site in Park City, Kan. Along with the shredder, the company will have a full downstream system installed, including a dual eddy-current system, Summers says. The company also plans to have an ISS induction system located at the site to reduce the amount of auto shredder residue (ASR) it disposes of.
Along with shredding auto and white goods, the new facility will handle all grades of nonferrous metals. The company has finished all of its permits and is waiting to have the electric company install a electric substation before Midwest starts to install the equipment at the Park City site.
The new facility also will have rail access and is near a major highway. Midwest Scrap also invested approximately $4 million on concrete to prevent any environmental problems from cropping up, Summers notes. “We have been working on the Wichita project for about one-and-a-half years. We were trying to find a location away from houses.”
The facility is expected to run around five days and is expected to process around 150 tons per hour of material, slightly less than Midwest Scrap’s auto shredder in Kansas City.
Summers says the company has yet to decide where the second shredder will be located. He expects the company will have a location, likely in the Southern U.S., picked within the next eight months.
Along with the purchase of two shredder plants, Midwest purchased a 6000-horsepower drive package to accompany a 7,000-horsepower drive package purchased earlier.