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December Blog

Cozzi Recycling Welcomes Local Fire Departments

At Cozzi Recycling, we understand the importance of being active members of our community. More importantly, we understand the value of practicing responses to unforeseen circumstances. Recently, we opened the doors of our facility to work with local fire departments and their rescue teams on rescue training. We were happy to welcome 25 service men and women from the Bellwood, Westchester, Northlake, Rosemont, and Norwood Park fire departments. They used our equipment to practice using torches, saws, the Jaws of Life and other tools used in emergency situations.

James C. Adams of the Westchester Fire Department expressed the value of this opportunity: “It was such a great opportunity to be able to practice with these tools and figure them all out now, rather than when there is a real emergency.” Adams looks forward to other opportunities to keep up with training on their emergency rescue equipment.

Using these tools and techniques in real life threatening situations is unfortunately a regular occurrence. Practicing during a real crisis is not an option.

We welcome the opportunity to work with these heroic public service individuals who may someday save one of our lives.

November Blog Post

       Clichés: Written by Frank Cozzi, Sr.

The first time I heard my father say: “You’re crying with a loaf of bread under your arm,” I had to look under my arms to see what he was talking about. It was a saying from the great depression era when many families couldn’t afford to buy a loaf of bread. Another of his favorites was: “Believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see,” meaning that there are a lot of people out there that are deceptive.

He was also big on bites “Don’t bite off more than you can chew.” And sometimes you just have to “bite the bullet” or sometimes in order to avoid an argument he would advise that you “bite your tongue.”

He would also warn about fire. Often worrying about, “Burning the midnight oil” or “Burning the candle at both ends” and when it comes to customers or friends you’re unhappy with “Don’t burn bridges”. And combining 2 he would say if you’re “firing on all cylinders” you won’t be a “flash in the pan”.

There were a lot of things he said you couldn’t do too. “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” Particularly when you’re buying scrap metal. Or, “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear” when you’re selling it. “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” And when it comes to trying harder, “you can’t get a hit if you don’t swing the bat.” When it comes to people unable to pay a debt he would say: “You can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip.” Speaking of turnips, if you tried to fool him he would remind you that he “didn’t just fall off a turnip truck”.

Needless to say it’s “as clear as mud” that there will be more of these clichés “coming down the pike.”

October Blog

An Inside Look at the Current Market Conditions with Frank Cozzi Sr.

Scrap metal prices are down again in October. With exports of scrap metal down 20%-30% over the past few months and a lack of demand for new steel, prices will continue to erode. Scrap steel prices have already come down close to the $60 per ton number I mentioned a month or two ago and we haven’t reached the end of the year yet.

My phone has been ringing off the hook with calls complaining about low prices. Lower prices affect everyone. We are no happier about it than those who have been calling about the low prices. Though the prices are lower, we at Cozzi Recycling are always priced competitively and have the advantage of clean and organized facilities that make it easier for our customers to get in and out quickly.

They say the cure for low prices is lower prices. I hope this medicine takes affect soon.

September Blog

Scrap metal is feeling the pressure from Steel mill maintenance shut downs, lack of demand for new steel, and continuing imports of steel and scrap steel. The lack of demand for scrap steel in September could have a negative effect on scrap prices for the next few months. We expect prices to fall $20 or more in September. Some steel mill scrap buyers are predicting prices to fall $60 by the end of the year. We hope they are wrong!

August Cozzi Recycling Blog Post

Horses Were Everywhere!

By Frank Cozzi Sr.

In the late 1890s if you tried to cross State Street in downtown Chicago you would have to dodge horses and their wagons or buggies. You would also have to be very careful where you stepped. In late 1908 the first mass produced car, the Model T, was introduced. It was powered by a 22 horse power engine, and in just a few years almost replaced the horse and buggy on State Street and across the nation.

In the mid 1950s, when I was just a kid, there were still a few people that employed work horses. My maternal grandfather was a farmer and years earlier cleared much of the land he farmed with horses. Others were still using horses for certain tasks like plowing fields, skidding fresh cut logs from the forest, and going where tractors could not go.

My paternal grandfather also employed work horses early in his career while he peddled the alleys of Chicago and the western suburbs looking for scrap metal. But by the time I came around working Saturday’s in the scrap yard as a pre-teen, there were only a few old-timers still delivering their scrap metal with a horse and buggy.  I heard one of those old-timers allegedly got mad at his horse, punched it in the nose and knocked it out like Mongo in Blazing Saddles.

Though most of the work horses are gone today we still measure by horsepower. Some of the common cars we drive today have as much as 300 or 400 horsepower engines under their hood. The trucks we haul scrap metal with have 650 horsepower engines. A scrap metal shredder can have anywhere from a 1000 horsepower engine to a 7000 horsepower engine. Yes, that’s a lot of horses and I’m sure glad we don’t have to clean up after them. Uhm let me see, how many shovels would we need?