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Company turns scrap steel into useful material

September 20th, 2017 by Junius Stone in Texarkana News

Marvin Fisk, manager of Tri-State Discount Steel, completes a sale Friday. Tri-State Iron & Metal recently expanded its business and now sells used metals to the public at discounted prices. They also offer custom welding services.

Photo by Evan Lewis /Texarkana Gazette.

Tri-State Discount Steel continues the tradition of Tri-State Iron and Metal in taking materials that otherwise might end up in a landfill and recycles them into new raw materials and products.

The business, owned by the Glick family, takes steel and pays customers for bringing them the material.

"We take pride in repurposing metal to avoid filling landfills, but also offer discount prices on recycled steel with products that can be cut to order," said Jeff Hart, project manager. "Some of the more unusual items we can make include barbecue grills and firepits. We even helped out with one of the city parks in producing trash cans that resisted being stolen."

Tri-State Discount Steel, a subsidiary of Tri-State Iron and Metal, opened in response to public demand.

"We've been recycling material for decades," Hart said. "Customers have been asking about a steel business for quite a long time. In 1983, we bought the old Greenline Equipment building, but it was January we decided to get the ball rolling on the new business. We opened up around July-August. Since then, we've experience around 30 percent growth each month since we began operations."

George Berish with Tri-State Discount Steel welds on a box trailer Friday.

George Berish with Tri-State Discount Steel welds...

Photo by Evan Lewis /Texarkana Gazette.

Tri-State Discount Steel never wastes scrap steel, either. When an order is prepared for a customer, the pieces not used by that project or order are gathered up and repurposed once again. Just like the parent business, the operational model is centered around buying scrap materials of various sorts and recycling them. The business, owned and operated by the Glick family since 1947 and now in its third generation of family management, makes things easy for customers wishing to sell their scrap material.

"You come in, weigh your material in a quick, easy process," Hart said. "You get a ticket and cash it in using our on premise cash machines. It is a very simple process."

The business even buys old vehicles for recycling.

"It is a neat process, seeing a junk car weighed, put on a conveyor belt and its components separated and repurposed," Hart said.

The business also deepens its ties in the community in its internship program with Texas A&M-Texarkana, training students in various aspects of the business and sometimes recruiting promising talent onto the staff.

"We have around a hundred employees currently," he said. "We have low turnover. Folks who come to work for us tend to stay awhile. It is one of Texarkana's best kept secrets, as far as great places to work.

"We take care of our people. We have come to the aid of employees who have run into situations in their lives. We also help out with situations that occur in our community and the region, such as helping out in relief when Hurricane Harvey hit."

For those interested in getting an inside look at the business, tours are available for individuals or groups. Call 870-773-8409 for more information or visit them online at https://www.facebook.com/TriStateDiscountSteel/ or http://tristatediscountsteel.com/.

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