Metal, wood artist opens Scrap Yard Industrial Works in Oconto

OCONTO – A 22-year-old who repurposes wood, antiques and heirlooms into something useful has now also revived a vacant building.

Bryce Hearley opened Scrap Yard Industrial Works, 1010 Pecor St., with the aid of a $10,000 microloan from Oconto County Economic Development Corporation.

“It’s going to give me a spot to really grow my business,” he said.

Hearley said he plans to turn his establishment into a metal arts and carpentry shop.

Hearley is taking over a metal arts business, Iron Maiden Metal Art, that his mother, Lynn Hearley, previously operated.

Lynn and Todd Hearley now run a coffee shop, gift boutique and art gallery at The Shop on Main, 821 Main St., and Bryce Hearley helped his parents create its vintage industrial décor.

Hearley used the microloan to help cover the down payment, giving him a place to set down roots. Before purchasing the building, he worked mostly in clients’ homes or in an unheated shop located behind his parents’ business.

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