Ranking for the first time in 2012 is Upstate Shredding, Owego, N.Y., and Liberty Iron & Metal, Phoenix.
North America’s largest ferrous scrap processors handled a tremendous volume of that material in 2011, processing more than 55 million gross tons. This figure shows modest growth of roughly 5 percent compared with the nearly 53 million tons of ferrous scrap processed by the companies on our 2009 list of the largest ferrous scrap processors in North America. (Recycling Today published this list in our April 2009 edition.)
Recycling Today bases its rankings on the amount of ferrous scrap physically handled by a company’s facilities. This includes ferrous scrap accepted across all of the facilities a company operates, whether it is processed further or shipped loose. This figure, however, excludes scrap that is never physically present at a corporate facility but that is brokered by traders or brokers who are employed by the company.
In comparing our current ferrous processors list with our previous list, readers will see that many of the same companies are represented, with a couple of exceptions.
Ranking for the first time in 2012 is Upstate Shredding, Owego, N.Y., and Liberty Iron & Metal, Phoenix. These newcomers processed in excess of 1.5 million tons in 2011 and currently operate six auto shredders between them. Upstate is in the process of installing its second shredder at the company’s Rochester, N.Y., yard, which it acquired from Genesee Scrap in mid-2011.