DMR Trucking Inc., an auto salvage and recycling operation, plans to run out of 1620 Racine St., the old Nelson Bros. and Strom Co. building. In a 5 to 0 vote, the Racine Plan Commission approved a recommendation Wednesday, July 29 for a conditional use permit that would allow DMR to run an indoor salvage operation where vehicles would be taken apart and then those parts would be for sale. Breeze Ratchford, of DMR Trucking Inc., bought the 1.6 acre parcel in April for $50,000 from Nelson Bros. and Strom Co., Inc., a machine shop that has since moved to a different place in Racine. The business plans to hire nine full-time employees initially. Ratchford told the plan commission that he also planned to sell some cars on the property. The project will still need final approvals from the Racine Common Council before moving forward.    

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