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Scrap yard in Grand Rapids plans to expand


June, 02 2014

Scrap yard in Grand Rapids plans to expand

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Padnos, Inc. plans to expand its Burton Street Recycling center, taking over a neighboring bus depot.

The retail scrap yard at 719 Burton St. SW, west of U.S. 131 along Plaster Creek, collects recyclable metals and ships them elsewhere for processing, mostly to the company’s Turner Avenue NW facility. Currently, customer traffic through the site can be unwieldy, and high volume can make entering and exiting the site a mess.

Padnos plans to spill its operation into 701 Burton St. SW.

“As recycling has continued to grow, we have more and more throughput through the yards and it requires a little bit more operations space,” said Keith Noblett, the company’s director of facilities and engineering.

“The other thing is we’ve had customers that back out onto Burton Street. If we can get the customers into the yard quicker, hopefully we can process them a little more quickly.”

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Padnos needs a city permit to expand the scrap yard. Grand Rapids Planning Commission will hold a hearing 3 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at the city’s Development Center, 1120 Monroe Ave. NW.

Grand Rapids Catholic Secondary Schools has a lease on the bus depot until August but has started storing buses on Hoekstra Transportation property, said Carl Apple, a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids. The schools will save money that way, he said.

Matt Vande Bunte covers government for MLive/Grand Rapids Press. Email him at or follow him on Twitter.

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