The project, which started this week, is one of many that have sprung up across central Iowa as the mining boom has died down.
The scrapyard is run by The Salvage Salvage Co., an outfit that also owns the metal recycling plant in Fort Dodge.
The Salvaged Wood Products is a scrap yard in Sioux City that also recycles wood.
The company’s president, Mark Hoeppner, said he’s not sure exactly how many scrapyard workers are in the state.
But he said he estimates there are about 20 to 30 at any given time.
“It’s very good for the economy,” he said.
“When you have an industry that’s going, it’s great for our economy.
We’re in a very good position.”
Some of the projects have a more traditional look, with a concrete slab.
The one in Sioux Falls, however, is a concrete block with an embedded metal grinder that’s about a foot high.
That project is expected to start soon.
There’s also a scrap metal plant in Fargo, North Dakota.
The Iowa City-based company, WMS Salvage, is also developing an automated metal recycling machine, said Scott Smith, the company’s vice president of sales.
“We’re going to have that at a time when we don’t have the resources to be doing it,” he told the AP.
In addition to the scrapyards, a couple of other projects are being built in Iowa and other parts of the country.
A $2 million scrap metal recycling project at an abandoned railroad depot in Cedar Rapids was scheduled to begin in February.
The depot has been vacant for decades, and the owner is hoping to reuse some of its old equipment.
A group of people who work at the depot are working on a similar project in western Iowa.
The group, called Cedar Valley Cleaners, is seeking to use recycled steel, and is working on some of the equipment.
The project will include scrap and other metal for the recycling facility.
Another group in western Minnesota is building a recycling plant with scrap and steel, as well as a water treatment plant, in the small town of St. Anthony.
And a new recycling project is planned in the northwestern city of Dubuque.
The plan is to use scrap and recycled steel to build a new facility.
The Dubuques Tribune reports that the recycling project was started by an Iowa-based group called The Salvages Salvage Company.
The organization said it hopes to use the materials for its water treatment plants.
The idea has attracted some skepticism.
In a letter to the Iowa City Register, one local businessman complained that the company was “promoting a non-existent project that could have dire consequences for our environment.”
He also said the project would likely have an environmental impact, too.
“This project will destroy the beautiful scenery of Dubuaque and other scenic areas that we love,” he wrote.