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Steel Prices Remain Low

Those of you who scrap steel on a regular basis are probably wondering when the alarmingly low steel prices will reach the end of that cycle.

Although we wish we had better news, the reality is that it doesn’t appear we will see a significant turnaround for a little while yet.

There is really a lot at play here and the stakes are quite large.

Over the past number of months, giant shredders have been idled at a few scrap locations and overcapacity at the product end is also causing concern.

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For most owners of small and medium sized businesses, it is the business of business that captures the majority of their working day, and uses the lion’s share of their energy and resources.

This is at it should be. The SME owner’s vision needs to be fully engaged with customers, suppliers, production, logistics and the variety of other inputs and moving parts that, together, make their company hum. After all, if you are taking the risks you need to focus on making sure it works.

The Level...

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After a brief hiatus, we are returning to the blogosphere with an update to some of the things that were part of our busy summer.

5th Annual Environmental Awareness Day – Oakville 2013

As you know, an important part of our mandate is supporting the communities we serve in any way we can. One of our favourites is the Oakville Environmental Awareness Day.

This year’s event was a great success and we were pleased to be part of it. Under the auspices of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, Kerr...

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On our electronics bin at the Environmental Awareness Day in Oakville earlier this month, we hung a sign that read: “Doing The Right Thing Made Easy.” It is a headline that we have used in some of our transit campaigns.

The elements we like about that line are: A) that it encourages people to recycle by reminding them of the importance of getting into that habit, and B) it tells them that we are conveniently located in their community and not a lot of effort is really required to divert their...

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An article on television recently featured an interview with the owner of a company that manufactured brass fittings in the Northeastern United States. He had seen his business erode over the past number of years at an alarming rate as he was, in his own words, out-gunned by products manufactured in low cost centres in Asia.

But rather than give up in frustration or give in and have his production moved offshore, like many other North American manufacturers have done, he decided to tighten his...

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#1 Copper. A hot commodity in the worlds of both recycling and finance.

Copper is certainly one of the most favoured commodities that our customers like to trade with us. At current prices of around $3.25/lb for millberry (brite, copper wire) and $3.10/lb for no 1 copper even a small amount of weight adds up very quickly.

This is particularly handy at this time of year and in fact, many people will accumulate copper material and sell it to us in time to coincide with the gift giving season...

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Steel…The True Superman of Metals

You might be surprised to learn that steel is the most widely used and most recycled metal on the planet. To give you some idea of the scope, more steel is recycled in the U.S. each year than paper, plastic, aluminum and glass combined.

Within our economy, the steel industry clearly plays a significant role.  Statistics for 2010 indicate that, in Canada, we produced 13 million tons of steel and sold more than 12 billion dollars of product of which more than 6 billion dollars worth was exported....

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Nike Pop Up Store in Tokyo

One of the newer innovations that we have seen in retailing over the past few years is the development of “Pop-up Stores”. You will recognize these, as they seem to just appear in a particular space for a relatively short period of time and then disappear. As we approach the Halloween and then the Christmas Season, we will see more of them. The trend has been adopted by a number of well-known companies including Nike, Walmart and Target to name just a few. These...

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It’s a well known fact that Canadians love their barbecues and I am no exception. However, it seems that no matter how hard I try to protect and maintain my barbecue, every four to five years I have to replace it. And regardless of the brands I have chosen or how much I pay, the flavour bars and burners in particular inevitably rust and crumble into flakes over time.

Use A Magnet To Attract The Best Product

This year, I decided to take another tact. I could have borrowed the Niton Analyzer...

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All of us at Peel Scrap Metal like to take the time to talk with our customers. Some of us, because of the nature of our work, are less able to do this but our buyers and managers certainly always try to make a point of it.

Not only do we enjoy it, but these conversations help us to get a handle on what our customers think about our service, which helps us do a better job. We also enjoy it because it helps us get to  get to know our customers, and this is the key to helping provide them...

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Recent Posts

The Only Resource On The Planet That Is Not In Decline

If you haven’t figured this out, there is no need to be embarrassed.  The answer is not a word that we would commonly put in the same sentence as resource.”

Resources have a special place in our ecological wordspeak. They are aligned with Mother Earth, sustainability, ecosystems and a host of other soothing terms we use to describe the types of positive synergies and interrelationships between ourselves and our environment. 

These are all ideas we are trying to achieve before we manage to...

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The Dvorkin Family –– A Century In Scrap Metal

The history of our family in the Scrap Metal Industry begins with my Grandfather,  David Dvorkin, who arrived in Calgary from Russia in 1912.  In 1918 he started Western Hide & Fur and his children arrived in Calgary in 1922.

Ted Dvorkin, who was David’s oldest son started working for his father at the age of thirteen in the mid-1920s. He was taught to sort such things as furs, rags, bottles, animal bones, scrap steel, cast iron, copper, brass and a number of other items so that they could be...

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The Electric Vehicle Conundrum - Problemas Dilemnas

 On the way in to work the other day, the host on the radio station spoke of the frustration of a man in Toronto who couldn’t get a permit to build an EV (electric vehicle) charging station outside his home. This despite the city’s green guidelines which encourage electric vehicles, despite the large incentives offered by the province of Ontario to buy electric vehicles and the willingness of this individual to invest a large sum of money in new technology. He was intending to buy a Model S...

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