SMS acquires auto recycling operations in Indiana and Michigan

Scrap Metal Services creates SMS Paul's Auto Yard division.

February 4, 2014

Scrap Metal Services (SMS), a Chicago-based metals recycling firm, has acquired Paul’s Auto Yard Inc. and Shafer’s Auto Yard Inc. Following the acquisitions, SMS created a new division called SMS Paul’s Auto Yard.

The new division has eight self-service auto parts yards that include retail sales operations. The yards also purchase ferrous and nonferrous scrap.

SMS says the purchase of the auto recycling facilities will allow the company to expand its geographic reach in the Midwest into northern Indiana and southern Michigan. The aut parts division locations are in South Bend, Gary, Westville, Lake Station, Elkhart and Demotte, Ind.; and Coloma, Mich.

“This is a new retail service business for SMS, which allows our company to further diversify and strategically expand our recycling operations in the Midwest," says Jeffry Gertler, CEO of SMS.

Paul Shafer, president of Paul’s Auto Yard Inc., says, “We are pleased to be able to join SMS at this time and look forward to continued growth of our auto parts and recycling business as an important new segment for SMS.”

With the purchase, SMS now operates 20 scrap processing, steel mill support services, ship breaking and oil rig dismantling, intermodal/truck/railcar dismantling and auto parts sales facilities in the United States. The company also has two scrap processing facilities in Mexico.

SMS provides full-service scrap management, consulting and purchasing services to industrial scrap generators and demolition contractors on a local and national basis.