Metal Recycling: One Man’s Trash …

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Steel scraps wait outside PBZ manufacturing in Lititz, Pennsylvania, for pick up by Sahd Metal Recycling in Columbia.

After the custom stairways, helicopter dollies, agricultural sprayers and other metal fabrications are created, PBZ takes one more step to turn steel and aluminum into something useful.

Through its partnership with Sahd Metal Recycling of Columbia, Pennsylvania, PBZ recycles its scrap metal left after the job shop’s projects and OEMs are fulfilled.

“The reason we chose them is because of the integrity of their business and the transparency of the people we deal with,” said PBZ operations manager Chad Hackman.

Outside PBZ, three bins keep metals segregated: steel, stainless steel and aluminum. When the containers are full, Hackman emails Sahd Metal Recycling for pickup. Sahd hauls it, scales it and sorts the load.

“We’ve had stainless and steel scraps stick together and they let us know,” Hackman said.

Dan Sahd says his family's business is founded on some of the same Christ-centered principles that PBZ LLC is founded on.
Dan Sahd says his family’s business is founded on some of the same Christ-centered principles that PBZ LLC is founded on.

Sahd has a mutual respect for PBZ, having formed a friendship with staff members years ago and proving itself to be a fair, well organized metal recycling firm, Hackman said.

“We establish a benchmark for prices,” manager Dan Sahd said. “As the market goes up and down, your prices go up and down. Clients know every month it changes.” Checks to scrap providers go out at the end of each month.

The two companies share a commonality of being family-owned, locally owned, and thriving for three generations. Both businesses began with small shops in the 1940s and grew with each generation. Each credits God’s grace for the talent and ingenuity to serve their clients and for their continued success.

It benefits PBZ to recycle through Sahd because PBZ doesn’t have the trucks nor the time to haul the metal scraps itself. “Even if we did,” Hackman said, “they would do it faster than we could.”

Dan Sahd of Sahd Metal Recycling in Columbia, Pennsylvania, stands among the massive piles of metal scraps collected from local businesses, such as PBZ LLC in Lititz.
Dan Sahd of Sahd Metal Recycling in Columbia, Pennsylvania, stands among the massive piles of metal scraps collected from local businesses, such as PBZ LLC in Lititz.

Sahd has a large recycling center where the mountains of metal scraps pile up before they’re melted down and cut for mills. The mills then melt it again to form steel plates, which could become your next car or the large beams supporting the buildings you work in.

Last year, PBZ received several thousand dollars from its metal scraps. “We don’t get billed for hauling, that’s all taken care of,” Hackman said. “It comes down to this: Who will pay you the best and who will serve you the best.”

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