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Recycler turns trash into cash

Richard Blakeman is the site manager of Northern Metal Recycling in West Fargo. Dave Wallis

A cherry picker swings across the skyline, its extended claw snatching up chunks of scrap metal from huge piles.

Northern Metal Recycling opened its yard at 654 9th St. NW., West Fargo, in February 2013, said Richard Blakeman, site manager.

“We started with two people. Now we’ve got seven, and we’re looking for two more,” said Blakeman. “So we’re growing.”

Northern Metal Recycling, headquartered in Minneapolis, is a subsidiary of European Metal Recycling, a privately owned global metal recycling company that sells 10 million tons of recycled commodities per year, employing 3,500 people in 150 countries, according to its website.

NMR has 12 locations in Minnesota, two in Wisconsin and three in North Dakota, including Milnor and Bismarck.

“As time went on we grew, and they decided to open a new facility,” Blakeman said.

The company found rental space across from the West Fargo stockyards.

“We decided to see if it would grow into something, and it did,” Blakeman said.

The company recycles anything metal.

“We like to say don’t throw it in the trash, turn it into cash,” Blakeman said.

NMR accepts everything from household steel and industrial scrap to car bodies, which are shipped to a company shredder in the Twin Cities, he said.

It’s business area includes Fargo-Moorhead and towns within a 60-mile radius, he said.

Northern Metal Recycling is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“We’re just tickled to death to be here in West Fargo,” Blakeman said.