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Shank family sells salvage business after 60 years

After 60 years of working together in the recycling and salvage business, the Shank family has sold the assets of Dakota Salvage Inc.

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The business will now be operated by another local salvage company, H&R Salvage.

The longtime Mitchell business, which Charles Shank began in the 1950s, was originally operated at a location on West Seventh Avenue in Mitchell. The family later named the business Dakota Salvage and relocated to the current location on West Havens, which offered more storage and yard space.

Charles operated the recycling and salvage business with his wife, Florence, and their sons Robert, Randy and Fred until Charles’ death in 1990. Since that time, Florence and her three sons continued providing salvage and recycling services for many families and businesses within a 200-mile radius of Mitchell.

Dakota Salvage has been a popular resource for collectors and restorers of old cars who are looking for unique car bodies to rebuild and hard-to-find parts. In 2004, Dakota Salvage was featured in an article published in the national magazine Cars and Parts.

“It was a difficult decision to sell, but the time was right,” Florence said in a news release, adding she is grateful for Dakota Salvage’s many hardworking employees and loyal customers.

Florence initially signed an agreement to sell to TJN Enterprises Inc., of Sioux Falls. TJN later assigned the contract to H&R Salvage LLC, another Mitchell recycling and salvage business, owned by Robert Ball.

“The Shank family has always operated a successful and well respected business,” Ball said in the news release. “We hope to continue the Dakota Salvage reputation of hard work and great service to customers.”

Source: H&R Salvage