How it began… Blazing Trails, Brian Taylor, Recycling Today, Oct 2006
Growing up with a father who was in the heavy equipment business, Craig, Kevin and Gary Blase were able to learn first-hand about the industrial sector of the economy and what makes it tick.
Craig says their father had one phrase in particular that has helped guide them on their present course: “Find the dirtiest business out there, and you’ll make money.”
One could certainly argue that scrap recycling does not deserve the dubious honor of being labeled “the dirtiest business,” but the daily practice of handling the discards of others has indeed proven profitable for the three Blase brothers. The company they created, Blaze Recycling & Metals, now has four locations in northern Georgia and has grown steadily throughout its 16 years in business.
The Expansion… Blaze Recycling Changes Corporate Structure, Aug 2008
• Blaze Recycling & Metals LLC, headquartered in Norcross, Ga., recently reorganized its operations, creating a holding company. As part of the reorganization, the owners of Blaze Recycling & Meals have swapped their equity in the company to identical ownership interests in Blaze Metals LLC, the newly created holding company. With the move, Blaze Recycling & Metals becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Blaze Metals LLC.
• Following up on the change in corporate structure, the Norcross firm has acquired Ocala Recycling, an Ocala, Fla.-based scrap recycler. Ocala Recycling will also become a wholly owned subsidiary of Blaze Metals LLC. Richard and Michael Bianculli, the previous owners of Ocala Recycling, will remain with the company and have received equity in the holding company.
Ocala Recycling has been involved in the recycling business for more than 15 years. The company operates two scrap yards and two smaller feeder facilities in the Ocala area. The company also recently completed the development of an auto shredder that became operational in the third quarter of 2007.
And it’s Sale…
The Brothers sold the business in 2009. A return to recycling was always in the plans, hence their Encore return to the industry bringing with them a team of industry professionals with over 30 years of operational experience ready to bring Atlanta it’s first fully integrated scrap processing facility.