Montreal-based American Iron & Metal (AIM) has announced a plan to expand its West Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, scrap metal facility. The company says the expansion could cost $30 million.
The cornerstone of the expansion project is the installation of a self-contained metal shredder that the company says would establish Saint John as its new regional hub for processing metals derived from throughout Atlantic Canada and northeastern United States.
In a release announcing the project, Herbert Black, AIM president and CEO, says, "For us there’s no better location than right here in Saint John. Since becoming part of this community eight years ago, we've seen how the city's drive, talent and infrastructure have come together to create world-class opportunities. With its strategic location and second-to-none transportation system, we see the city as an important part of our continued growth.” He adds, “We look forward to working with the Saint John community to make this project an environmental success story for southwestern New Brunswick."
Upon receiving the necessary permits, the project could break ground by the end of 2010 and be operational by spring 2011. The facility would be capable of processing up to 250,000 metric tons of scrap metal per year. The expansion would add 23 direct jobs and 20 spin-off jobs, according to AIM.
The main source of raw material would be cars crushed off site and delivered to the terminal. Ferrous metals also would be received from local scrap dealers. Shredded ferrous and nonferrous metals would be loaded on ships and sold around the world.
"We’re actively looking for ways to diversify and strengthen the business mix at the Port of Saint John, and this expansion is another example of how we are achieving this goal," says Jim Quinn, president and CEO, Saint John Port Authority. "Upon moving forward, the project will increase man-hours for port labor, increase ship traffic and further build our reputation as a gateway of national significance."
As part of the proposal, AIM filed an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) with the New Brunswick Department of Environment Oct. 1, 2010.
In the release, AIM notes that the new plant will offer the following environmental safeguards and benefits to the province:
- The site’s rolled compacted concrete cover allows for 99.7 percent sealing of the soil;
- Modern and innovative water treatment systems featuring drain guards to prevent pollutants and residue from entering the water systems; and
- A sound barrier to neutralize any increases in noise during the shredding process.
As part of the EIA process, the public has until Oct. 27, 2010, to provide feedback.
For information about the project and to provide feedback, members of the public are invited to visit www.sjmetalrecycle.com.