With the company’s main operating facility in Holly Hill, South Carolina, DCC also operates five “feeder locations” in other strategically positioned South Carolina locations; Hemingway, Ladson, St. Matthews, Conway, and Sellers. The corporate headquarters are also located at the Hemingway location. The company has engaged a commercial real estate firm to search for other locations within the region to start feeder yards.
At the various locations, the company directly purchases from metal scrap dealers and the general public ferrous and non-ferrous metals for shredding or recycling. Non-ferrous metals include copper, aluminum, brass, lead, and others. The company provides much needed and desired metal products that save environmental resources in the recycling process. As most people are aware, the cost and impact of recycled products for business and the environment is nearly half the cost of extraction and manufacture from raw materials to a finished product.
The company has certain attributes to insure that it can continue to remain competitive and grow into the future. In Holly Hill, the company has a railroad siding that affords the company the opportunity to expand its customer base beyond local purchasers only. The market and industry in general are moving to larger and more centralized steel mill and aluminum producing sites. The huge capital investment for steel and aluminum producers requires that more production capacity be obtained through fewer plants. Rail is the medium that opens all markets for our industry.
The second attribute that is crucial to the company’s success is the access to energy. Energy availability and cost are critical elements in insuring profitability for the long term goals of DCC. The company has achieved this with the Holly Hill facility.
The third attribute is land site availability and location. Back in 2008, the company needed a site for operations that had adequate size to store and process the large amounts of raw materials and finished products that are on site. The company also needed the space that would allow the company to create work areas for large equipment overhauls and adequate trucking lanes. The company also needed a buffer zone to insure that the operation was sufficiently isolated from any populated areas. The Holly Hill site met this criteria and more.
The fourth attribute for success is a readily available labor market. All of the current locations have adequate labor resources with qualified people to meet the needs of the company.