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CT Metal Recycles Historic Brass Mill
(Ansonia, CT) Connecticut Metal Industries (CMI)
will be expanding its foil recycling facility into a 101-year-old
brass mill located in Ansonia, CT, the historic heartland of the
American brass industry. The expansion will revamp the 20,000 square
foot indoor operation by more than doubling its size.
Located just across the river from the Ansonia
Brass & Copper Company (which was founded in the 1850’s), CT Metal’s
facility is housed in one of the country’s first reinforced concrete
structures. Built in 1909, this old brass mill was constructed with
the patented Ransome System. This technique used reinforced concrete
and twisted steel bar for the entire building. Ernest L. Ransome, the
inventor of re-bar, was considered a radical in his day and
contemporary architects were certain his buildings would be short
lived. In 1903, journalists predicted the immediate collapse of
Ransome’s first reinforced concrete skyscraper, the 15-story Ingalls
Building in Cincinnati. Like the Connecticut Metal building, it is
still in use today.
The previous occupant of Connecticut Metal’s
facility was the Fluidyne Company, a manufacturer of brass plumbing
parts. “The floors are still impregnated with brass turning, a
reminder of the long legacy of brass manufacturing in the Naugatuck
River Valley,” said Tom Mele, president of CMI. “We are delighted to
continue Connecticut’s metalworking lineage in such an interesting
Connecticut Metal specializes in recovering metal
from all types of aluminum foil as well as paper and plastic foil
laminates. In addition to its Ansonia processing operation, the
company maintains a collection warehouse in Atlanta and two facilities
www.foilfoil.com for more details.