Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
Acorn Steel owner Bill Ladd talks about the scrap metal and his business' place within the industry at the business in Beaumont on Wednesday, March 12, 2008. Like all commodities, steel prices have soared this year.
Acorn Steel owner Bill Ladd walks through rows of previously used metal objects at his business in Beaumont. Ladd said he likes to think of his business as an industrial-strength garage sale. Rather than immediately melting scrap metal items, he lets customers give the items a second life for the cost of the metal.