Wendt Corp., Buffalo, New York, has announced the sale of a high-volume MTB wire chopping line to GLE Scrap Metal. The purchase of the MTB line represents part of an overall company strategy by GLE to broaden its presence in the scrap industry, according to a Wendt Corp. press release.
“The scrap market is constantly changing,” says Dave Siejka, Wendt's MTB business development manager. “By adding wire chopping capabilities to their operations an already successful company like GLE takes its destiny into its own hands by adding the flexibility to meet the quality needs of their expanded customer market.”
A first generation, family-owned business, GLE Scrap Metal found its roots in electronics recycling in 1999. The company acquired its first nonferrous metals facility in 2004 and has grown to three ferrous and nonferrous facilities in Florida and Michigan with more than 150 employees.
A newly acquired facility in Ocoee, Florida, will house the wire chopping installation. GLE operates balers and collects scrap metal from the public, as well as industrial accounts and scrap dealers in the U.S., Wendt says.
GLE’s automated wire chopping line includes the “latest models of prechoppers, granulators, air density tables and vibratory screens” that MTB offers. The line can process a multitude of materials, from aluminum and copper cables to shredder wire and aluminum copper radiators.
“After our visit to France and processing our materials through the MTB processing facility, we were not only impressed with the equipment’s capabilities, but we felt that the personnel from both Wendt and MTB had similar core values and vision to that of ours at GLE,” says Danny Zack, GLE vice president. “Our commitment to growth in the scrap industry requires us to work with the best in order to be the best. We view our purchase of this wire chopping line as an investment in our future and as a partnership with Wendt and MTB that will continue well beyond this equipment.”
Siejka adds, “The demand for quality is a part of GLE’s culture; it permeates throughout their organization. Commitment to quality is what ties GLE, Wendt and MTB together.”
The company plans to start by processing copper wire and cables with the equipment, which is operational at the site. GLE plans to sell the upgraded materials package domestically and overseas.
“Our continued belief in organic growth and the new opportunities available to us with this equipment will not only provide more opportunities for our employees but will allow us to maximize the value of our products and ultimately the service we provide to our customers,” Zack says.