June 23, 2005 |
Like many entrepreneurs, Nathan Frankel sees money where others see nothing. In the last five years, he has built a $15-million-a-year business selling scrap metal from abandoned appliances, assembly line discards and used car parts. So when Chinese companies offered to pay a 30% premium a few years ago for scrap to feed their booming factories, Frankel jumped at the opportunity.
November 21, 2003 |
Rebar is just a lowly scrap metal, but it's starting to look like gold on some construction sites. The steel reinforcing rods used in building everything from skyscrapers to freeway sound walls are in short supply on the West Coast. That has led to sporadic delays at building projects around California, including renovation work at the Hollywood Bowl and construction of a new engineering hall at USC.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2003 |
A San Diego archeologist who studies the origins of civilization, a Sebastopol, Calif., sculptor whose works fuse the worlds of science and art, and a Santa Fe, N.M., blacksmith who handles hot metal with lyrical skill are among the 24 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius" grants.
March 2, 2003 |
The century-old Spanish Club stands on one of the capital's busiest avenues, but its bronze balconies were too tempting: Thieves came in the night and stripped away 660 pounds of ornate railings gracing the belle epoque mansion. The audacious theft was just one of thousands by bandits who feed a flourishing black market in the resale of metals stolen or scavenged from the streets.
November 3, 2002 |
Some days artist Baron Margo drives the three-wheeled rocket car he constructed from a motorcycle engine and airplane parts. On other occasions, he might be tooling around in his custom-shortened, topless gray 1968 Volkswagen coupe. For this metal-machine visionary, it's all in a day's work. For more than 20 years, Margo's palette has been the junk heaps and shipyards he scours for scrap metal and machine parts that are reborn as fantastical found-object sculptures.
October 6, 2002
The graphic with "Businesses Feel Pressure as Cargo Sits on Water" [Oct. 1] tells a remarkable story about our economy. We send them our waste (paper, scrap metal, pet and animal feeds) and raw materials (cotton, resins and plastics). They do some work on it all (add their labor). They send us back finished goods (furniture, clothes, shoes, toys and electronic equipment). We consume it. A neat little arrangement we have with the rest of the world. Ed Shoop Somis
May 27, 2002 |
PAKISTAN A bomb lying in scrap metal brought from neighboring Afghanistan killed eight children near the Pakistani border town of Miranshah, witnesses said. They said the bomb exploded when the children hammered it as they sifted through a pile of scrap metal in Loli Saidgai village, about six miles east of Miranshah. A ninth child was seriously injured in the blast, witnesses said. Villagers said the scrap had been brought from southeastern Afghanistan after bombing there early this year by U.
March 5, 2002
Re "Old-Car Owners Left in Lurch," Feb. 28: I have a modest proposal. The environmentalists themselves should pony up the money by buying "smog-spewing old clunkers" and turning them into scrap metal, now that Gov. Gray Davis has eliminated that foolish state program. Not likely. Only the government is stupid enough to pay $1,000 for cars worth less than $500. Andrius V. Varnas Redondo Beach
October 1, 2001 |
A million tons of radioactive scrap metal may find a new shelf-life in products ranging from soup cans and wristwatches to automobiles and artificial hips. It would be a mammoth recycling project for a legacy of the Nuclear Age. Under a proposal being considered by the Bush administration, the federal government is seeking new uses for lightly contaminated metal as it cleans up its obsolete weapon plants and research labs.
September 28, 2001 |
Over the last 30 years, John M. Miller's paintings of angled bars arranged in interlocking rows and columns have been described in many ways--from riveting, bracing and magisterial to busy, dizzying and repetitious. As is always the case with works of art--and particularly urgent with great ones--what is genius to one viewer is boring to another. Either way, no one has had any reason to think of Miller's excruciatingly rigorous paintings as having a sense of humor. Until now.