Profile and History

Western Metals Recycling, LLC (WMR) is a wholly owned venture of Cincinnati-based, The David J. Joseph Company (DJJ), one of USA’s largest scrap metal companies.

Our parent Company’s rich history began in 1885. We possess a wealth of experience and an entrepreneurial spirit that is vital to success in the scrap recycling industry.

DJJ is also part of Nucor Corporation’s family of companies. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Nucor is the leading purchaser of ferrous scrap and the largest recycler in North America.

Western Metals Recycling was formed in 1996 by combining Atlas Steel facilities in Salt Lake City, Ogden and Provo with DJJ’s scrap processing plants in Plymouth and Denver. In 2000, WMR acquired Markovitz and Fox’s – Sparks, Nevada (Reno) facility, and 2011, opened a metal recycling plant in Albuquerque. In 2012, WMR acquired Van Gundy’s AMPCO Grand Junction, CO recycling facility.  In 2014, WMR acquired Sims Metal Management’s Utah recycling facilities.   Today, we operate 7 recycling facilities in 3 states.

We buy all types of ferrous and nonferrous scrap metals at each of our recycling locations, with a team of specialists who continually monitor market conditions to establish fair, competitive prices.


If you have recyclable material to sell, a relationship with WMR assures you:

  • Reliable Service: same day and emergency pick-up
  • Financial Integrity: the most trusted payment cycle in the industry, on time and in full
  • Environmental Compliance: all materials recycled in an environmentally sound manner, reducing potential liability
  • Flexibility: the resources, equipment and experience to solve any recycling requirement