St. John’s, Newfoundland-based Newco Metal and Auto Recycling has commissioned an M6090 Modular Automobile Shredder Plant and Non-Ferrous Separation System from WENDT CORPORATION. The installation represents Newco’s first automobile shredder and offers new market opportunities and economic advantages for processing the company’s scrap metal.
Newco was originally founded in 1992 and later acquired in 2010 by current owner, Bob Anstey. Over the past 9 years, Anstey has worked to help grow and expand the company by modernizing it with new equipment and technology. Newco has 12 stores throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and serves over 100 municipalities by providing ferrous and non-ferrous metals cleanup services of landfills and industrial sites.
Located on an island, Newco faced transportation obstacles and high freight charges of their product, which initially sparked the company’s interest in purchasing a shredder. “I could see the trouble that we were getting into with not having enough transportation to move the product to a market and the inefficient way we were doing it by putting it on trucks and shipping it off,” said Anstey. “We couldn’t keep going that way because all of our profits were getting eaten up by transportation. If we didn’t change the way we did business, we wouldn’t survive.”
After purchasing a shredder from another manufacturer, Newco initially came to WENDT for a downstream to pair with it. Anstey stated, “The shredder that I previously purchased, we were getting terrible service from, and we decided not to go ahead with it. We decided to buy the full shredding system and full downstream from WENDT because they were giving us great service and answering the questions that I needed answered. WENDT was prepared and willing to spend the time with me to select a shredder and a downstream that best suited my needs.”
Newco’s WENDT M6090 automobile shredder features a Bowe Disc Rotor and 2,500-horsepower DC motor. The shredding plant also includes an infeed conveyor, dual magstand with electromagnetic drums, ballistic separator, and modular design features including; a pre-fabricated motor enclosure and platform, remote pre-wired e-house, control pulpit and structural steel frame that allows the shredder to be installed on a flat concrete pad. Their equipment purchase also includes a non-ferrous recovery system containing two eddy current separators to recover aluminum (zorba) and three TOMRA FINDERS to recover insulated copper wire and stainless steel (zurik).
With the installation of the WENDT shredder, Newco now has the ability to easily ship their finished products off of the island. “The metal shredding plant is very important to my business, if I didn’t have the metal shredding plant set up now, we would have very little transportation leaving the island to take my material to other markets to sell,” Anstey stated. “We would have been in dire straits because there was no way to efficiently process the material and ship it and get enough money out of it to break even. With the shredder now, we can do it at home in our backyard with our own local employees and export ourselves.”
Nick Henderson, Newco Project Engineer, added, “The building of a facility of this nature has its challenges, but WENDT has proven that they can support us throughout the entire process. WENDT studied our feedstock and was able to develop a non-ferrous and ferrous processing plant to maximize recovery of our material.”
Newco’s automobile shredder plant and non-ferrous system was installed and commissioned on the company’s greenfield site in St. John’s in April 2019.