Posted Jan. 25, 2015 at 2:00 AM
Newton, Kan.

Allmetal Recycling became a part of the Newton community about a month ago and wanted to find a way to give back to the community.

The Wichita-based company acquired Auto Castings Recovery Co. — formerly owned by Paul and Linda Welsch, at 401 W. First St. — and has operations in Wichita and the surrounding communities.

The company made a commitment at a Chamber breakfast to make a minimum donation of $1,000 to the community Salvation Army, donating $.10 a pound for every pound of aluminum cans they purchase from customers in January.

“We found a social responsibility to connect with the community,” said Ken Mueller, vice president business development. “… We’re very socially and community minded.”

Newton operations opened to the community Jan. 5. Business operations include all types of ferrous and nonferrous recycling from the home owner, ranging from aluminum cans to junk automobiles. Allmetal Recycling’s business initiative for Newton will expand and compliment its Wichita services to the manufacturing base and heavy industrial customers. Those services include scrap management and asset recovery programs; roll-off container box services; and on-site demolition.

“It’s been really about what we expected, if not on the positive side,” Mueller said of business so far.
They are working on cleaning the facility, reducing inventory on the property, expanding receiving areas, and building on new steel sales activity maintained by ACR.

They are making service agreements with businesses, such as Nortrak, provider of turnout technology for railways, metros and tramways.
“We’re extremely excited about the prospects for expanding our manufacturing support base,” he said.

Allmetal would like to see more cans come in for the Salvation Army.

“We have a ways to go to meet that threshold,” Mueller said.

The business is looking forward to being a part of the local Chamber and other initiatives.

“We’re open for business,” he said. “We’re here to support your community.”