L. Gordon Iron & Metal Co. of Statesville, North Carolina, has earned a distinction not only in the scrap industry, but is also recognized nationally as a model family business. In 1999, L. Gordon Iron & Metal, the original recycling center, was recognized by the Duke University Family Business Forum for North Carolina and awarded Mass Mutual’s National Family Business of the Year award. The award is given based on business success, multiple generational involvement, contribution to the community, innovative business practices, and stewardship for the environment.
Founded in 1917, L. Gordon Iron & Metal is dedicated to loyal and expanding customer services and lasting relationships. Today, the company remains focused, as members of such organizations as The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries and The Recycling Association of North Carolina, on the positive impacts on the environment, economy, and global trade while realizing the need for community involvement and a shared environmental responsibility.
With the world witnessing a global environmental threat, recycling provides an answer as a means of conserving energy and reducing consumption of natural resources while reducing the burden of overflowing landfills. Recycling reduces energy requirements in refining and mining and effectively reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling aluminum cans, for instance, reduces energy requirements by 95% when compared to manufacturing new cans.
According to ISRI, the US recycles annually approximately:
In January 2013, L. Gordon Iron & Metal Co. opened within a mile of its existing location, to handle more non-ferrous materials and aluminum beverage cans more efficiently and effectively.