Schintzer Steel might expand its operation on Port of Walla Walla property near Burbank, possibly adding three to five jobs.
The port is considering constructing a building for the metal recycling company at its Burbank Industrial Park next to the company's current recycling yard.
The industrial park is just west of the port's Burbank Business Park near highways 12 and 124.
Schintzer Steel has outgrown its current site and needs more space, said Jennifer Hudson, governmental and public affairs manager for Schintzer Steel.
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There, the company receives scrap metal and processes it before the metal is sent to its Portland yard, where the recycling process is completed, Hudson said.
Schintzer Steel ships the metal to Portland on barges, she said. The port's industrial park is at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers.
Some of the recycled metal is sold on the international market, Schintzer said, and some is processed at the company's steel mill in McMinnville, Ore.
Port commissioners were in favor of working with the company to provide them a building, said Jim Kuntz, port executive director. Kuntz will work on a lease agreement with Schintzer Steel.
The terms and conditions of the agreement will come before the port commissioners at another meeting, he said. The port does not have an estimate yet on the cost of the construction.
Kuntz estimated the port could begin the work within three months. And Schintzer Steel likely would be able to use the building by this fall.
Port officials hope that after the expansion, Schintzer Steel could add three to five jobs.
Hudson said they company currently employs seven people at the Burbank site.
But the company isn't sure yet how many jobs would be added, Hudson said. They would be family-wage jobs in production and office work, similar to the current positions.
The company's current yard has stacks of crushed cars and scrap metal piles that will be recycled.
Kuntz said the recycling business has aesthetic challenges, which is why the port has decided to designate the area where the yard and expansion are as a recycling area within the industrial park.
Having a building should help with the look of the area, he said.