This story was originally published in The Star-Herald.
By Nancy Green
Brian Cain said he believes he is in a business in which there will always be a need as recycling of metal is a continuous process.
Cain Inc. and Cain Recyclers are owned and operated by Brian Cain. The businesses include a recycling facility and a site preparation construction business. Both are operated from East Jefferson Street on the grounds of the former Superior Coach plant.
“Cars, appliances wear and need repairs with new parts. Eventually they wear out and the process begins as metal is needed for replacements,” he said.
Mounds of metal scattered throughout the grounds are indicative that Cain is doing his part in that cycle.
He defined ferrous and nonferrous metal in the recycling process. Ferrous includes that which reacts to a magnet and non ferrous as copper, brass and others
that will not react to magnetism.
Cain, a native of Attala County, said he got into recycling after working for a time for the Canadian National Railroad.
After the railroad, he became a businessman with the purchase of Glyn Dickerson Inc., and he operated the business in Wamble’s Machine Shop for three years.
With his purchase of Attala Steel Recyclers which was located on East Jefferson, he changed the named to Cain Recyclers.
Scrap metal is accepted at the East Jefferson site in amounts ranging from a truck trailer load to a sack of drink cans or a bundle of coat hangers.
Scales that will accommodate loaded trucks and trailers are located on one side of the grounds. The load is transported to a scrap yard where a crew of workers unload and sort the metal and transfer it to trucks for transport.
Another scale on the grounds weighs smaller amounts. “We will accept any amount,” Cain said. Near the smaller scale there is a hopper-type container into which cans are loaded. They are crushed and transported via a conveyor to a truck. When the truck is full of compacted cans it goes to the mill.
If a customer has metal that he is unable to transport, the business is equipped to travel to the site for pickup and transport.
Metal from the operation is sold to mills in Birmingham, Columbus and Jackson.
Cain said the U.S. dollar and oil prices control the market for metal. “In the business, I set margins to keep a steady market,” he said.
Cain Inc. is licensed by the State Board of Contractors. The construction portion of the business is comprised of mostly site preparation.
Having built his business on being fair and honest, Cain said he is always ready to help where there is a need. When the tornado struck Louisville last spring, he responded with a willingness to help and was able to do so for three months during the cleanup.
Cain said he is proud to be a part of the business community and offer a service. Cain is the son of Betty Tavares Alderman and the late Mark Cain. He is married to the former Jenni Hudson and they have three sons.