Thornton Iron & Metal, Inc.

Metal Recycling In Alabama

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Welcome to Thornton Iron and Metal, Inc. We are a professional and affordable recycling collection service that serves businesses, institutions, and drive-up customers in the North Alabama area. Our mission is to prioritize customer satisfaction and provide an exceptional recycling experience that benefits both our clients and the environment. Join us in our commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility. Contact us today to learn more about our recycling collection service and how we can help you make a positive impact on the world around us.

Our Services

Drive Through Retail Services

Please stop by to view our facility and let us show you first-hand what real customer satisfaction is all about. We are a convenient drive thru facility (no walking 5 miles trying to lug your material with you) and we have fast, courteous employees who will help you unload your material, take it to a public viewing scale, (no hidden numbers here) and send you to a cashier for immediate cash payment for your material.

Commercial / Industrial Services

Thornton Iron & Metal, Inc. provides a convenient pickup service for companies that generate scrap metal. Our professional and reliable service is our strength. Our pick up services includes: Tractor trailers, roll-off trucks with 10-, 20-, 30-, or 40-yard roll-off containers, flatbed trailers, open-top trailers, box vans, etc. We also offer boxes, pallets and small containers.

Demolition Services

Thornton Iron & Metal, Inc. also provides demolition services throughout the United States. No job is too large for our professional staff to handle. We have performed demolition jobs around the country and can provide a list of references. Please contact Mike Thornton at (256) 247-0708 or email for more information.

Brokerage Services

Thornton Iron & Metal, Inc. offers mill direct brokerage services for customers with larger volumes of recyclables. Please ask for details on this domestic and international program.

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Why Choose Us?

We have continued to grow and prosper thanks to our amazing customer base. We offer A+ customer service and are here to serve you and offer the most competitive pricing available. We look forward to doing business with you. We are open to the public and businesses. Now is the perfect time to clean out your workshop, barn or garage, and earn some extra cash while cleaning up the environment. Be a part of the environmental solution! Recycle reusable scrap metal and turn your junk into cash!

Our mission is to provide a professional and affordable recycling collection service for businesses and institutions, as well as our drive-up customers, in the North Alabama area, with an emphasis on customer satisfaction. In order to do so, Thornton Iron & Metal, Inc. acts as it's clients' recycling coordinator to help them optimize their recycling system and maximize the potential benefits of our service (e.g. cost savings, conservation of natural resources, and contributing to the development of a sustainable community). In addition, Thornton Iron & Metal Inc. strives to provide a work environment that is safe, fun and provides opportunities for its employees to grow on a personal and a work level.

Thornton Iron & Metal, Inc. was founded in 1974 by James Thornton. In 1990, James' son Mike Thornton purchased the business. What began as a small family business with only 3 employees and 1 location, has grown into a 45+ employees and 2 convenient locations in North Alabama, in the cities of Rogersville and Town Creek.

Metals We Buy

All Customers must have valid State or Federal ID (Drivers License preferred). We Do NOT accept any stolen materials! All salvage vehicles 12 years to current require a title. Anything older than 12 years will only requires the vin number to be ran.

Non-Ferrous Metals Including Exotics & High Temp Alloys:

  • Copper
  • Insulated Copper
  • Electric Motors
  • Red Brass
  • Yellow Brass
  • Aluminum Bronze
  • Rod Brass Turnings
  • Aluminum
  • Inco Alloys
  • Monel
  • Coax
  • Zinc
  • Lead
  • Titanium
  • Nickel
  • Aluminum Radiators
  • Auto Radiators
  • Stainless
  • Sealed Units
  • Batteries
  • Starters
  • Alternators
  • Insulated Aluminum Wire
  • All Grades of Aluminum

Ferrous Metals Including

  • Steel
  • Cast
  • Manganese
  • Ductile Iron
  • Tin
  • Foundry Grade Material (2' x 2' Max)
  • Mill Shear
  • Coil Scrap
  • Steel Wheels
  • Bailed Scrap
  • Structural Steel
  • Plate and Skeleton Steel (Any Thickness)
  • Large Machinery

Unacceptable Items

  • PCB Capacitors or PCB capacitor bearing materials and items
  • Mercury or any mercury bearing items
  • Flammable, hazardous, toxic or radioactive materials, including mercury or any other toxic or hazardous materials
  • Dirt, debris, trash, or any liquids, including but not limited to oil, paint, gas, water, propane or chemicals
  • Sealed containers such as:
    • Paint cans
    • 55 gal drums
    • Gas tanks
    • Oxygen cylinders
    • Aerosol cans
    • Fire extinguishers
    • Any other container under pressure or containing chemicals
  • Electrical components or machinery containing capacitors, compressors, oil or fluids, hydraulics or fluid
  • Appliances or air conditioners that contain freon, capacitors, or compressors
  • Live ammunition or explosive materials
  • Computer monitors, keyboards, or microwaves
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Thornton Iron & Metal, Inc. exports all types of scrap metals and materials overseas to countries such as China, Japan, and India, including:

  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Electric motors
  • Traction motors
  • Sealed units
  • Ballist
  • Starter
  • Alternators
  • Stainless
  • Steel
  • CATv
  • Brass
  • Auto radiators
  • Copper al radiators
  • Insulated wire
  • Copper transformers

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Rogersville Location

750 County Road 76, Rogersville, AL 35652

Town Creek Location

135 Water Street, Town Creek, AL 35672

Florence Location

317 Canal Street, Florence, AL 35630

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