EMSCO Recycles as Brookdale Mall is Demolished

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EMSCO, one of the largest U.S dealers in used and refurbished electrical equipment, announces completion of a major reclamation project of electrical equipment from the Brookdale Mall. Equipment included transformers, breaker panels, wiring and switchgear.

Electric Motor Supply Company (EMSCO), one of the largest dealers of used industrial electrical equipment, announces the completion of a major reclamation project. Emsco just recently completed removing electrical equipment from Brookdale Mall during its demolition.

Brookdale Center was a regional shopping mall in Brooklyn Center, MN, which opened in 1962. It became the 3rd mall in the Twin Cities, after Southdale Center and Apache Plaza. After a long decline, the mall closed in 2010. Demolition on this Mall was recently started and EMSCO has spent over 5 weeks removing electrical equipment that will be refurbished and stocked in its Minnesota warehouse. Equipment included were transformers, breaker panels, wiring and switchgear. The equipment was clean and in very good condition.

EMSCO’s crew was able to work around the various construction personnel, forklifts and other heavy equipment operators to get the electrical equipment removed and loaded on to trucks to be taken to its warehouse in Fridley, MN. The equipment reclamation schedule had to be in sync with other timelines associated with the demolition.

On October 15th, 2010, after multiple redevelopment plans for the failed mall were suggested and attempted, plans were finally announced by Gatlin Development Co., a Tennessee based firm, to acquire the Brookdale Shopping Center and in conjunction with the city of Brooklyn Center to transform the mostly vacant mall into a new shopping center anchored by a Wal-Mart Supercenter. The announcement included the following plans:
     • Rename the center "Shingle Creek Crossing"
     • Tear down most of the existing structure, but leave the recently constructed food court in place
     • Build a 150,000-sq foot Wal-Mart Supercenter which would include a grocery store
     • Build or redevelop an additional 435,000 sq. feet of leasable retail space
     • Add 8 restaurant pad sites and 2 multiple tenant or service buildings
     • Create a green creek space by resurrecting and excavation of Shingle Creek, a stream that was buried in s subterranean culvert under the parking lot when the center was first constructed in the 1960s.

Electric Motor Supply Company (EMSCO) is the largest used and refurbished electrical equipment dealer in the U.S. EMSCO is a family owned business that was started in 1948.
EMSCO has a 250,000 sq. foot warehouse and has most brands and styles of a variety of industrial electrical equipment right under our roof. There is 16 miles of bus way, thousands of bus plugs, transformers, circuit breakers, motor control centers, medium voltage gear, electric motors and many different sizes of switchgear. EMSCO stocks most major brands including Westinghouse, General Electric, ABB, Federal Pacific, ITE/Gould, Siemens-Allis, Square-D and more.

EMSCO is conveniently located just outside of Minneapolis. We are about 1 1/2 miles south of Interstate 694, just off of University Avenue. We would like to invite you to stop in the next time you are in our area, no appointment necessary.

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