Pacific Recycling Adding Multimillion Dollar Equipment Upgrade

Reported by: Phil Campbell
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Updated: 10/30/2012 3:46 pm

An employee owned and operated business is rapidly growing in our area. Pacific Steel and Recycling is making a multimillion dollar upgrade to its facility in Pocatello.

This will allow the company to recycle more scrap metal and extend their reach to other parts of the state.

The load measures 198 feet long, weighs 350,000 lbs. and requires 19 axles and 74 tires to move it. Soon this marvel of engineering will reach its final destination at Pacific Recycling in Pocatello. The new machine is much more energy efficient than the aging equipment they were using before.

“The other machines we are using to shear our scrap are excavator mounted shears,” said Mike Kempel, Manager of Pacific Steel and Recycling. “They burn and incredible amount of diesel fuel per hour. Sot this is going to make us more fuel efficient, more electric efficient and overall, a much more efficient way of handling our scrap material.”

Before the mountains of scrap can be transported to a mill, they have to be processed for shipping and this new machine will double the capacity of Pacific’s Recycling’s Pocatello facility.

“This is a guillotine shear and it will shear off scrap iron to any length desired as well as, we can put the hold down block down, put an automobile in, or for instance your truck that we scrapped, and make cubes out of the truck,” continued Kempel. “And so I was able to take a $450,000 piece of equipment and handed it off to one of our other branches because this going to serve the purpose of both a shear and a car logger.”

All of the work is being done by local contractors and that includes the massive base for the unit to sit on. Even the 90 loads of concrete are being delivered from just down the street. 

The new machine should be here early next week and they hope to have it running by mid-December.

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