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GLE will expand its nonferrous processing capacity with the addition of the Tampa, Florida, yard.
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GLE Scrap Metal expands in Florida

The company has purchased the Tampa, Florida, facility and assets of Fortune Plastic and Metal.

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February 2, 2022

Danny Zack, CEO of GLE Scrap Metal Inc., Casselberry, Florida, says the company closed its purchase of the Tampa, Florida, nonferrous facility and assets of Jersey City, New Jersey-based Fortune Plastic and Metal Inc. Jan. 31. The purchase does not include any other Fortune Plastics and Metal facilities or locations.

The company says the Tampa facility allows it to expand into the largest metro area in terms of population in Florida without an existing GLE facility. GLE will retain the facility’s current staff of approximately 15 employees, GLE Vice President of Nonferrous Daniel Poris says, and operations will continue under the GLE Scrap Metal name.

“We will continue operating the yard as a commercial and industrial nonferrous processing plant and grow its volume with our existing customer base,” Poris says. “We have a lot of relationships in the Tampa market already and are looking forward to being a strong presence.”

He adds that the site “fit into portfolio very well and filled in gaps in our Florida footprint.”

The acquired facility is roughly 6 acres in size with 60,000 square feet under roof, Poris says. He describes the site as well-equipped and well-laid-out.

Zack says the culture, values and attitude of Fortune Plastic and Metal align closely with GLE’s.

GLE Scrap Metal operates facilities in Casselberry, Holly Hill, Longwood, Ocoee and Opa Locka, Florida, as well as in Melvindale and Warren, Michigan. GLE focuses on ferrous and nonferrous scrap processing and trading, including a wire processing operation in Ocoee. Great Lakes Electronics Corp., its R2 (Responsible Recycling) certified sister company specializing in e-scrap, is based in Sterling Heights, Michigan.