Newell Recycling, one of the largest recyclers and processors of recycled metals in the Southeast, invites members of the press to the grand opening celebration of its Savannah location on Wednesday, August 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at 100 Sonny Perdue Drive in Garden City. Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is expected to arrive at the invitation-only event at 9 a.m. for the ribbon cutting ceremony as well as a special road naming ceremony.
"We are very excited to be celebrating the opening of our new state-of-the-art metal recycling facility in Savannah, which is now our largest facility," says Bobby Triesch, vice president and director of Ferrous Operations. "The process of finding the site, building the facility and hiring our local team has been very positive. It is a great reflection on the people of Savannah."
A groundbreaking ceremony at the 40-acre Savannah site was held in May 2008. Newell Recycling made an initial investment of $20 million at the Savannah location and asked for no tax abatements.
To keep in its tradition of being environmentally conscious, the company committed to preserving many specimen trees and planting almost 100 new trees on the property, which is located on a newly built 1.5-mile-long access road off Dean Forest Road.
"When you build a new road, you also get to name it, so we approached Governor Perdue and asked if he would lend his great name to our new road," explains Triesch. "Part of our decision to open a facility in Savannah was to take advantage of dynamic world markets for recyclable commodities and export to new markets around the world. Governor Perdue has been a huge supporter and advocate for Georgia exporters and our world-class Georgia ports."
Newell Recycling currently operates two shredder plants in Atlanta and one in Savannah. The 6,000 hp shredder plants are capable of grinding the equivalent of 170 cars per hour into fist-sized pieces. In addition to automobiles, the shredder also processes appliances and demolition scrap. The technology allows Newell Recycling to separate the steel and nonferrous metals into a valuable, furnace-ready raw material for steel mills, foundries and smelters. The metal produced by the shredder can be converted into new metals more easily and cost-effectively than mining the earth, thus saving precious natural resources.
In addition to the three shredder plants, Newell Recycling has recycling facilities throughout the Southeast in locations including Allendale, Augusta, Doraville, East Point, Elberton, Lithia Springs, Macon, Rome, Savannah and Statesboro, Georgia. The facilities all accept vehicles for recycling.
Founded in San Antonio, Texas in 1935 by Mr. Alton Scott Newell, a pioneer in the scrap metal industry who also invented the Automobile Shredder, Newell Recycling is recognized as a worldwide leader in ferrous and non-ferrous metal recycling, research and technology. For more information on the company, its locations and hours of operation and more, please visit www.newellrecycling.com

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