- Newell Recycling, LLC
Newell Recycling, LLC is a large, woman owned, Georgia-based processor of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals. The company uses both certified scales and independent scales upon client request. Currently there are 14 locations in Georgia and 1 in South Carolina.
The company motto always has been, “We will treat you right.” The following is an anecdote that illustrates that ethical conduct in the real world. When Scott Newell Jr. was about 20 years old, he and his father made a scrap processing agreement with a steel mill. When they left the client, Scott said, “Dad, we could have made a better deal.” His father replied, “Yes, Scott, we could have, today. But in a few weeks, they would know that it wasn’t such a good deal, and they wouldn’t be so happy with us.” Scott Newell, Jr. now fifty five, observes, “I learned that it is better to have a good name than it is to make money on one deal and I am happy to report that we had a good relationship with that steel mill for the next twenty years.”
In order to support his family, Alton S Newell ended his formal education in the middle of the 10th grade, approximately 1929, and took a position at a junk yard scrapping cars by hand at a rate of 10 cars per hour.
In 1938, Newell and his wife, Winnie, left California and moved to Texas, where he bought a small junk yard. He began to meet success after he built a portable metal baler from materials he found in his own junk yard. About ten years later he bought land for a new yard in San Antonio, Texas, and a short time later was provided with the opportunity to purchase a modern scrap yard very near his original property. He did so and expanded his already successful business.
By the late 1950s Newell was operating a number of scrap processing plants across the Southwest part of the USA. It became apparent that a market existed for shredded tin cans for sale to copper mines as the ferrous input to the chemical process of a leach-precipitant, copper-recovery mining procedure. As Newell was already handling tin cans, this seemed to be an economic opportunity. Newell recalled a machine he had seen in the 1930s at Los Angeles By-Products Company which shredded metal cans and other light scrap. He also remembered that, as a boy in Kansas, he had seen a grain crusher that processed grain and then blew it up to a storage silo. With these thoughts in mind, and with his experience of cutting old automobiles apart with an axe, Alton Newell began to design a shredding machine.
By the early 1960s, however, Newell developed an efficient metal processing machine known to the world today as the Newell Shredder.
Newell did not receive formal training as an engineer, but pioneered a machine with capabilities to process an automobile in about 10 minutes and used less energy than other shredding and crushing machines. The original model was powered by a 500 horsepower (370 kW) motor, processing 30 to 40 cars a day. The invention was patented in 1969.
Newell Recycling of Atlanta was opened in 1976. Initially planned as a heavy media separation plant, the company broadened its scope to recycle ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The current operations include a shredder, a metal recovery plant, a non-ferrous warehouse, an iron yard, an aluminum can receiving center, and the Newell Transportation complex.
- Sharon Newell Shirley - CEO
- Chip Shirley - President & COO
- Bobby Triesch - Vice President, Ferrous Operations
- Frank Goulding - Vice President, Marketing
- Bob Ward - Vice President & CFO
- Joe Carrico - Vice President, Human Resources & Safety
- Andy Wahl - Vice President, Nonferrous Division/Media Recovery Plant
- Augusta Newell Recycling of Augusta - 960 Molly Pond Road - Augusta, GA 30906 - 706-432-3880
- Allendale [SC] Newell Recycling of Allendale - 431 Frontage Road - Allendale, SC 29810 - 803-584-2126
- Conyers Newell Recycling of Conyers- 2314 Dogwood Drive - Conyers, GA 30013- 770-483-0840
- Doraville Newell Recycling of Gwinnett - 2800 Amwiler Road - Doraville, GA 30360 - 770-446-6883
- East Point Newell Recycling of Gwinnett - 1359 Central Avenue - East Point, GA 30344 - 404-669-5015
- Lavonia Newell Recycling of Lavonia- 50 Grady School Road - Canon, GA 30520 - 706-213-0043
- Lithia Springs (Douglas County) - 3394 Bankhead Hwy - Lithia Springs, GA 30122 - 770-942-9290
- Macon Newell Recycling of Macon - 4460 Broadway - Macon, GA 31206 - 478-781-8118
- Rome Newell Recycling of Rome - 4614 New Calhoun Highway - Rome, GA 30161 - 706-235-2530
- Savannah Newell Recycling of Savannah - 100 Sonny Perdue Dr. - Savannah, GA 31408 - 912-395-8900
- Statesboro Newell Recycling of Statesboro - 9013 US Hwy 301 S - Statesboro, GA 30458 - 912-681-2428
- Swainsboro Newell Recycling of Swainsboro- 1523 Highway 80 E - Swainsboro, GA 30401- 478-237-6580
- Tucker Newell Transportation- 2043 Steel Drive - Tucker, GA 30084- 404-669-5000
- ^ The Newell Shredder, A National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark, ASME 16SEP1994
- Recycling Today
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