Midwest Industrial Metals’ Six Most-Wanted

Here at Midwest Industrial Metals, we’re all about trending on social media. We’ve noticed that the most popular blog posts are usually about the 10-Best This or 25 Things You Didn’t Know about That. In that spirit, we present our list of MIMs’ six most-wanted metals from A (aluminum) to Z (zinc).

We buy and sell non-ferrous, or base, metals. We buy primarily from industrial manufacturers, the demolition industry and from scrapyards. We prepare and upgrade metals and sell them to mills and foundries worldwide.  We accept deliveries at our Northlake facility or make collections from work sites.

What are the metals at the top of our Most-Wanted list?:

Aluminum:  There is heavy demand for this lightweight metal. Aluminum ranks below only oxygen and silicon as the most abundant element in the earth’s crust. Talk about durable: it is estimated that three-fourths of all aluminum ever made is still in use. As far as metals go, it’s basically the new kid on the block; it has been manufactured commercially for only just over 100 years. Aluminum helped get man-made flight off the ground: it was used in the Wright brothers’ biplane. It’s literally out of this world—the moon contains aluminum!

Brass:  Made of copper and zinc, brass’ most popularly known application is for musical instruments that date back centuries. Beautiful and durable, not to mention decorative, brass is found in countless everyday items including doorknobs, buttons, statues and ornaments, and plumbing. Speaking of which….

Copper:  “And then there’s copper.” In one of the most memorable scenes in the movie Moonstruck, Vincent Gardenia sells a yuppie couple on copper pipe. “It costs money because it saves money,” he tells them. Copper is the third-most-consumed industrial metal in the world, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Copper is in everything from the penny and power lines to your power chord (and that’s only the p’s). Fun fact from livescience.com: Copper is the only metal on the periodic table whose color isn’t naturally silver or gray.

Lead: Historians have called lead “the first metal.” More than half of the lead produced today is used in car batteries and those recycled batteries account more most of the lead produced. Another fun metals fact: Wood pencils commonly known as lead pencils have never actually contained lead. It is actually a type of graphite. 

Nickel: You know nickel best as the coin in your pocket that constantly fools you into thinking it’s a quarter, but it has many other uses thanks to its conductive properties. It was discovered in 1751 by Baron Axel Frederick Cronstedt, who dubbed his discovery “kupfernickel,” which is German for “Devil’s copper.”  The steel industry uses roughly two-thirds of the world’s nickel.

Zinc: Zinc is the 24th most common element in the Earth’s crust. It is also one of the oldest. Artisans have been using zinc since at least 1000 BC.  In addition to its many uses, it is one nature’s most essential minerals. According to the National Institutes of Health, zinc deficiency can hamper the immune system. Studies have shown that if zinc lozenges or spray are used within the first day of the onset symptoms, the length of a cold is reduced.

For more information about selling metal to Midwest Industrial Metals, visit us at mimrecycles.com, call us at 773-202-8202 or email us at sales1@mimrecycles.com.

Midwest Industrial Metals’ Six Most-Wanted

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