Wall of Silence?


Can a 16-foot high sound barrier “silence" critics of the world's largest metal shredder?

Last February, Elkhart became home to a recycling machine that's so big, it has the distinction of being the third tallest building in the city, and the largest metal shredder in the world.

The machine also produces a large amount of noise.
Too much noise for the likes of some neighboring homeowners.

In response, a 16-foot high fence stretching two thousand feet long is now being built around the shredder.

The fence is the same kind that is commonly used to provide sound barriers on interstate highways, and according to
Kevin Young of Sturgis Iron and Metal, it’s “designed to reduce the noise from one side to the other by 33 decibels.”

While that may be good enough to meet the City’s requirements for noise, it’s still not good enough for some
Neighbors.

“Why don't they spend the money on finding a relocation spot,” said Harlan Marvel. “That's the solution that I would be happy with, the only solution.”

The fence comes as part of a compliance agreement the company has with the city.

Sturgis iron and metal also promised to address vibration and odor problems associated with the machine.


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