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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Efficient, agile, smart, Seattle’s steel mill keeps the fires burning

Much of the Northwest’s recycled metal — everything from stew cans to automobiles to large appliances and structural beams — winds up in shredded chunks beneath the shed roof at Nucor Steel’s scrap yard. Here, the metal pieces are plucked in massive piles by giant electric magnets, center right, for transport by overhead crane to the furnace in an adjacent building.