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Metal Recycler Chooses Auburn for New Facility

Posted by ahelton on January 9, 2014

MetalX, LLC, a scrap metal recycling company, plans to locate a new facility in Auburn, potentially creating up to 80 new jobs by 2017.

The Waterloo, Ind.-based company will invest $12.4 million to purchase, renovate and equip an existing 240,000 square-foot industrial facility at 1101 Oren Drive in Auburn.

“We’re very pleased that MetalX has chosen to locate its new recycling facility here in Auburn,” says Mayor Norm Yoder.

The company, Mayor Yoder explains, will benefit Auburn in three key ways:

  • Investment in community: “MetalX will occupy a vacant industrial building, bringing the facility to life and adding revenue to the city’s tax base.”
  • Job creation: “46 jobs will be created with its opening, with the potential for many more as demand for their services grows.”
  • Green industry: “The very essence of what they do is positive for our environment. MetalX is a scrap metal recycling company that deals in all types of scrap metals and metal-bearing waste. They buy scrap and then transform it into products that can be used as raw material in the production of steel, aluminum and copper wire and tubing.” 

Timeline and hiring

MetalX expects to commission its first line in April, with plans to have the plant fully operational by September. The company, which currently employs more than 100 Indiana associates, plans to begin hiring for the Auburn facility next month. Interested applicants may apply by visiting the company’s Waterloo headquarters at 295 South Commerce Drive or emailing the company’s human resources department at employment(at)


The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered MetalX, LLC up to $725,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $40,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Auburn also approved additional incentives at the request of the DeKalb County Economic Development Partnership, including $1 million in real estate improvements and  $7.7 million in facility equipment.

About MetalX

With family roots in scrap metal dating back to 1943, MetalX is a full-service scrap metal recycling company that processes and distributes all grades of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals. MetalX was founded by Danny and Neal Rifkin, third and fourth generation members of the Rifkin family, which had owned and managed OmniSource Corporation until it became part of Steel Dynamics in 2007. MetalX opened its first facility on a 70-acre site in Waterloo and has grown from 12 employees to more than 100 in just more than a year.  


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