Tooele’s Green Box Recycling is moving forward with plans to expand into the automobile salvage industry.
Green Box, located west of Tooele in the Ninigret Industrial Depot, already recycles cars for scrap metal and has a large number of scrapped cars coming in, said company partner Dayne Applegate, so moving toward automobile salvage was a natural direction.
The lot should hold up to 2,000 salvaged cars, said Brandon Justesen, who has 10 years of experience in automobile salvage and who has partnered with Green Box to manage their operation.
The cars will be disassembled on site and the parts stored or sold, like at most salvage yards, but the operation will also benefit from pre-existing Green Box services, which will also allow the company to recycle metals and fluids from the salvaged cars.
The entire system will feature a computerized inventory that will catalog available parts and make locating orders easier, Justesen said. It will also link the Green Box yard to nearly 3,000 yards nationwide to allow the Tooele company to locate parts it cannot provide on-site.
“This will bring in a lot more clientele, because it’s not just people trying to get rid of cars,” said Justesen.
Increased business from auto shops should increase profits at Green Box, which will allow the company to decrease prices for its recycling customers, Applegate said.
The company is currently remodeling the structure that will serve as the salvage yard office and auto shop. It has already accepted a few vehicles, but probably won’t officially open for business for another few months.
Applegate said he already had a crew in place to start-up the salvage operation, and plans to hire another two to three employees around the first of the new year.