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Terry Buschert of Architectural Metals Inc. in Comstock Park, Mich., is using junk metal to help send kids to summer camp. Terry is known as Scrap Man, and he is one of four finalists for the ABC Craft Professional of the Year.

ABC presents the Craft Professional of the Year award to a construction craft professional who excels in his or her field while also demonstrating a commitment to safety, training and the merit shop philosophy. The 2017 winner will receive a brand-new 2017 Ram Tradesman Crew Cab truck from the award’s exclusive sponsor, Tradesmen International, with custom upgrades donated by ABC business partner Ram Commercial. In addition, each of the finalists received a tool kit from Bosch.

Terry was named Craft Professional of the Year by the West Michigan chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, and is now in the running for the national title.

"It highlights someone who is a leader, who really takes initiative in the field" said Jenn Schottke with ABC West Michigan. "It also recognizes someone who has taken a role in mentoring construction professionals in their company."

Terry takes the scrap metal and turns it in for cash, but he doesn't keep the money for himself. Instead, he uses it to send West Michigan kids to camp.

Terry puts up signs at construction sites across West Michigan to help get every ounce of scrap metal he can. "Every project he is on, he asks if he can have a dumpster where he can put their scrap metal waste," Schottke said. Terry says over the past 13 years he has raised more than $130,000 to send about 700 children from low income families to camp.

Check out 'Scrap Man' being interviewed by Fox17 West Michigan.