MANATEE -- A new Port Manatee client will be shipping 30,000 tons of scrap metal monthly, a port official said Tuesday.
Port Manatee Scrap Metal, which set up operations several months ago just north of the port near the Hillsborough County line, was loading a vessel with a huge shipment on Tuesday, said David Sanford, deputy executive director for the Manatee County Port Authority, at a county commission meeting.
"It's a major new customer for the port," Sanford said.
The company has been collecting scrap metal to be shipped from the port to such places as Mexico or Turkey, he said.
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"This is a recycling operation, so the scrap metal is re-used, and we're very, very pleased to have them as a client," Sanford said.
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