DANVILLE — Bryant Industries has moved all of its Westville operations to its Danville location, but owner and CEO Mike Bryant doesn’t rule out making use of the Westville site again in the future.
“We’ve had a fantastic first month,” Bryant said about the move to its Warrington Avenue, Danville location, off U.S. Route 150.
He said they listened to the majority of customer requests about keeping the salvage yard in Danville. Bryant Industries ceased operations in Westville on Oct. 1.
“It was getting tough to furnish both lots with vehicles,” Bryant said about the salvage and u-pull lots. “We converted both to one.”
U-pull auto parts operations were moved a few years ago to Westville, but the bulk of the business came from the north and liked the Danville site better, he said. Customer requests were “why is this not in Danville?” he said.
“The key to our success is we listen to our customers,” Bryant said.
Bryant Industries looked at the situation for about a year and decided to listen to the bulk of their customers.
“It did not make sense with having two lots,” Bryant said, adding that it was also hard to buy enough salvage.
Bryant said they’ve not fully closed the Westville location.
“It’s on a temporary shutdown. We have several different opportunities,” Bryant said.
He said they’ve made no decision on what to do there yet.
“We’re in a holding phase until we decide what to do there,” Bryant said.
A decision could come by spring 2015, he added.
“It’s not dead and forgotten. It’s a great piece of property,” Bryant said.
The business started in Westville, and “it was difficult to pull out of there,” Bryant said.
“I spent the last 44 years there. We’re going to do something there,” he said.
No employees lost their jobs in the consolidation. Everyone was transferred to Danville, Bryant said.
“It’s the same work force,” he said. “I have a fantastic staff and a great administrative staff.”
He said like any business, it can struggle some; but “we’re happy ...”
Bryant Industries sells auto parts and purchases recyclable materials, such as junk cars, aluminum and other scrap metal. It also accepts other recyclables such as plastic, paper and cardboard free of charge. Bryant Industries also operates in Tuscola.
According to the business’ history on its website, Bryant Industries officially opened for business in Westville in 1961, selling parts out of a barn. Bryant’s started its recycling operations in 1987.