Company recycles airplane parts

Reported by: Jessica Albert
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Updated: 9/17/2013 7:09 pm

VERONA, Miss. (WTVA) -- Universal Asset Management is more than just the final resting place for retired aircraft.

"We disassemble and recycle the components," UAM COO Keri Wright said. "All are recertified to make airworthy and then are distributed to companies around the world."

The planes are disassembled at UAM's facility in Tupelo.

The storage and shipping phase happens at a warehouse in Verona that is about 450,000 square feet.

"Here we receive parts from Tupelo and various brokers and such," UAM warehouse supervisor Nathan Katona said. "As we receive purchase orders, We QC them if need be and we inventory them and prep them for shipment out to repair shops and airlines all over the world."

A staff of about 15 maintains the Verona warehouse.

There are more than 160,000 different types of airplane parts held here.

UAM doesn't allow any parts of an airplane to go to waste.

"We look for several different tiers of recycling," Wright said. "So we don't just stop there. We look for additional forms of revenue to maximize revenue as well as recycling aircrafts."

UAM makes furniture and other items out of unused airplane parts and sells them online.

The UAM team says the company is unique and unlike any other in the country.

"A manufacturing plant starts with nothing and they end with a finished product," UAM crating supervisor Dean Lowry said. "We're just the opposite and we're in a bigger scale. We start with a finished product and we end with nothing."

These facilities give airplane parts a new life in their after life.

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