Western Metals Recycling buys Van Gundy’s

Western Metals Recycling purchased Grand Junction-based automotive salvage and metal recycling business Van Gundy’s Automotive, Metals & Plating Co. (AMPCO) Inc. on Monday.

Van Gundy’s opened in 1929 and has been located at 645 Fourth Ave. since 2006. The business accepts and recycles scrap metal and serves retail, commercial and industrial customers.

Western Metals Recycling is based in Salt Lake City and is owned by The David J. Joseph Co., based in Cincinnati. The company bought Van Gundy’s assets as well as the business, according to a news release from the company.

The release does not say whether the new owner plans to retain staff or make any alterations to operations at Van Gundy’s.

A call to a David J. Joseph Co. representative was not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon. Calls to Van Gundy’s also were not returned Tuesday afternoon.

The David J. Joseph Co. is one of the largest scrap brokers and processors in the United States and offers recycling, scrap brokerage and transportation services, according to the news release. The company is owned by steel product manufacturer Nucor, which also deals with scrap and metal recycling.

The David J. Joseph Co. operates 66 scrap recycling facilities and seven self-service used-auto-parts stores, and it acquired Van Gundy’s to expand a “long-term goal of strengthening our core recycling business,” according to the news release.


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