Mega Testing for Mega Shredder

By: Alana Greenfogel Email
By: Alana Greenfogel Email

The mega shredder is a one of a kind piece of equipment that sits on the grounds of Sturgis Iron and Metal in Elkhart.

"It can crush 400 cars an hour," says Kevin Young, who works for the company.

But some living nearby say it may be fascinating to watch, but not when you have to hear it and smell it too.

"It's a shame that they put it back there, close to somebody's house with all that disturbing noise that it makes back there. I just don't know," says Ella Warren who can see and hear production from her bedroom.

The city of Elkhart has hired consulting firms to independently test to see if the mega shredder violates city code.

"We were brought in to see if noise levels from the mega shredder are exceeding the level in the community that the ordinance requires," says Nate Sevener from Acoustics by Design, the company assessing the noise.

That would mean for noise it doesn't exceed 83 decibels.

To understand what that means:

"We can read 75 decibels right here in front of the library in downtown Elkhart just from ambient noise and traffic noise," explains Wayne Kramer who works for the city.

Once the findings come back, the company will have 30 days to make changes if the it's found to have violations. The company says it's fully willing to do that and has already invested millions into easing neighbors' complaints.

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