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PSC Metals

"dumping" waste to China. "At one
time, anything with a lack of proper separation - for example rubber or plastic that
are still connected to metal - would have
been considered an off-grade and export
item," Brewer explains. "China now has
sophisticated standards on their imported products. That change has been
incredible. Now, an export product is just
as clean as anything else."
Companies looking to export metal
that do not have the capabilities to separate the metal from non-metallic material
and waste, have to sell to a company like
PSC Metals that has the capabilities. "We
are trying to make sure even the tiniest,
little pieces that have metallic value
aren't sent to the landfills," Brewer says.
PSC Metals considers itself a recycling
center for the communities it serves - not
a junkyard. "Recycling is a quality of life
issue and we need to educate the community on recycling metal," Brewer says. To
do its part in recycling, the company has
transformed its Harriman, Tenn., location
into an aluminum-only shredding facility.
"That's fairly uncommon," Brewer says.
"We have a specialty measuring device
that can tell you the chemistry of the
material as it passes under a belt."
Aluminum cans are created only by perfect chemistry, Brewer explains, which
makes recycling essential. "The easiest
way to achieve the desired chemistry for
new aluminum cans is to use recycled aluminum cans as can stock, but that is not
enough to support the need for the beverage can business; so the controlled chemistry shred from PSC is an import remelt
product," he emphasizes. "It takes only 30
days from the time you throw your can
into the recycling box for the can to get
back into the fridge full of a beverage.
That's why this facility is so innovative."

Giving Back
PSC Metals provides much more in each
of the communities it's located. The company strives to make a difference through
charitable donations, sponsorships and
volunteer work. Some organizations the
company has supported include The

Ronald McDonald House, The Judevine
Center, Earth Day, City of St. Louis -
America Recycles Day Expo, American
Diabetes Association, National Multiple
Sclerosis Society and the Hurricane
Katrina Relief Fund.
The company also focuses on providing
career advancement opportunities and
growth within the company for each of its
1,000 employees, Brewer says. "We want
to be recognized as the employer of
choice," he adds. "We have very little turn
over; most people who come to work for
us stay with us." Employees also recruit
their family members to work at PSC
Metals because of high satisfaction, interesting and challenging work.

Through Good Times and Bad
The scrap metal industry can thrive in
almost any economy. In a poor economy,
peddler trading flourishes because people are looking harder to find scrap metal
for extra money. "When the economy
gets tough, people work all that much
harder to try and find things to sell for
scrap," Brewer says. "Farmers will pull old
vehicles from the back of their barnyards
or buildings will get torn down to create
revenue. Sometimes the scrap metal volumes get a boost from this sort of thing."
When the economy is good, people are
spending money more freely and not
hanging on to older items. For example,
consumers trade their used cars for
newer versions and those older vehicles
find their way to the shredder more
quickly. "When there is a good economy
and people are buying new homes, cars
and stereos there is definitely a boom in
our industry," Brewer says. "The demand
for our finished product goes up greatly
while disposing of older items."
Brewer is cautiously optimistic the
automotive and construction industry
will improve in 2014. Meanwhile, the oil
and gas industry is booming and creating
the need for more steel and piping.
"There is a cautious optimism out there,"
Brewer says of the future.
To take advantage of possible growth in
other industries, PSC Metals is focusing



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