SIX DECADES OF PUTTING INDUSTRIAL SCRAP TO GOOD USE
If you’ve ever driven on Route 4 through Northwood, New Hampshire en route to the state’s capital, Concord, chances are you’ve seen two things. One is the abundance of antique shops, which is apt given that the road is known as “Antique Alley.”
The second thing is the ornate, oral façade of Harding Metals, Inc. located at 42 Harding Dr. You’ve probably wondered what exists beyond said façade. You’ve probably thought, “that doesn’t look like an antique shop.” And, in large part, you are correct.
Harding Metals, Inc., incorporated in 1963 started
at the hands of merchant marine, Edwin K. Harding Jr., who technically started his business in 1957 down in South Boston before moving the family and the company up to Northwood. Today, the business is run by two sons, Edso (who serves as President), and Joe (who serves as Vice President).
SO WHAT IS HARDING METALS, INC.?
In short, it’s a scrap yard.
But it’s not just any scrap yard. When you think about a stereotypical “scrap yard,” you probably think dark and dingy, maybe permeating a curious formidable scent, and, a place you navigate cautiously be it by vehicular travel or by foot.
What you notice out of the gate when you start looking around the Harding Metal facility is that it’s so clean. Everything has its place, and, depending on when you arrive, there’s a street sweeping truck keeping the terrain tidy.
Harding Metals Inc. is the largest family run scrap and precious metal recycling operation in the northeast. Recycling some 120,000,000 pounds of scrap metal annually (among other things), Harding Metals stays extremely busy.
60% of their work stems from the industrial sector, dealing with the obvious scrap metal that’s an abundant byproduct of manufacturing, to less obvious operative product such as the coolant that comes from machine shops to be filtered, cleaned, and fortified – selling the coolant back to machine shops far and wide in a “like new” state for approximately 50% of the cost of new coolant off the shelf.
Everything Harding Metals does is with the environment in mind. It’s not a scrap yard where items come to sit in a pile until the rust away and corrode into the earth. This is a vibrant, working scrap yard that takes every possible measure to get the most out of every item and material that comes through its gate. From metal, to cardboard, to cords, to full on cars (and everything in-between)
MAKING RECYCLING EASY
What sets Harding Metals apart from other scrap metal recycling companies is how they work and interact with their industrial customers. To ensure efficiencies and strategic, mutual, fiscal gain, Harding listens to their customers’ needs and puts an operative plan in place to make recycling easy and without much thought. People often shy away from recycling because they have to think long and hard about what is can be recycled.
Harding Metals provides many of its industrial clients with unique in-plant and roll-off containers (10 yard, 20 yard, 30 yard, 40 yard and 60 yard options) that outfit their manufacturing production lines and facility yard with a solution that collects scrap that is picked up and replaced as part of their innovatively efficient exchange program. Other options for scrap storage that Harding employs include specially designed in-plant containers, cardboard boxes (straps, liners, and skids available), drums (35 and 55 gallon options made of both plastic and steel), and self-dumping hoppers (amongst other things).
In general, these containers are pretty universal, but in the event an off-sized solution is needed, Harding takes the initiative to find a vessel that will get the job done as it pertains to the collection of:
- Scrap steel
- Steal turnings
- Aluminum turnings
- Aluminum solids
- Assorted alloys
- Skeleton scrap
- And other assorted scrap byproduct
Harding Metals, on average, conducts 12 tractor trailers a day, five days a week, 52 weeks a year from clients that typically exist in:
- New Hampshire
- And Rhode Island (sometimes)
Generally any pickup that can get done in a day is in the Harding Metals wheelhouse.
the Harding Metals wheelhouse.
PUTTING THE COOL IN COOLANT
When we think of recycling we generally focus on things like cardboard, plastic, and metals. These are items we deal with on an everyday basis at our home and office, so they’re by-and-large the go-to when it comes to recycling efforts and our individual missive of helping to improve the world we live in.
BUT DID YOU KNOW?
As it pertains to the manufacturing industry a lot of fluids are being pumped through the operation of machines from oil to coolant – there are many expensive viscous materials that help our machinery run optimally. There are two key things at play here, and we’ll start the dialogue with questions:
Did you know that you can easily recycle the coolant coursing through the operative veins of your facility(s)?
It’s true. Many think the first course of action post-use is to ship it off to Safety-Kleen or a service of the like for disposal/removal. It’s an “out of sight, out of mine” type of engagement…
But what if you could send it off to a company that will, as mentioned above, filter, clean, and fortify the liquid and bring it back to a “like-new” state and giving it fresh life in the manufacturing process?
You can. Harding Metals has recently taken the stance of pushing the recycling (and manufacturing) industry forward by offering this service for their customers.
But wait, there’s more!
Did you know that you can greatly reduce operative costs by purchasing these reconditioned liquids – saving an average of 50% compared to buying new?
It’s true. The first action/option that comes to mind when you’re a running machines is to just buy new and have it delivered. Many are set up on automatic delivery services. This is all fine and well, but why not bolster your bottom line by thinking outside of that industry trend…
Harding Metals is not
only effectively bolstering the health of the environment by recycling scrap – they’re also recycling coolant and other operative “life-blood” – opening a state-of-the-art processing plant in 2017 dedicated solely to revitalizing coolant and assorted oils.
Starting with metal chips they can extract anywhere from 5% to 25% of the weight from fluid. From 100 pounds of chips Harding Metals can effectively recover 1 to 4 gallons of reusable cutting fluid after it has been revitalized. In fact, in addition to their technologically advanced coolant recycling facility, they’re also extracting these operative liquids from their onsite scrap turnings containment area which is set at a pitch and outfitted with a grate system that captures, stores, processes, and reconditions (with the help of
an evaporation unit) metal working fluids (which also helps clean the scrap prior to processing and bailing it).
There’s a lot going on at Harding Metals, Inc. They are far from a mere “scrap yard.” They are setting rejuvenated industry trends as their place of the largest family owned scrap recycler in the Northeast and thrive off of doing right by their customers, making recycling a painless endeavor, and, in the process, doing their part to make the world a cleaner, and better place.
Harding Metals happily meet with their existing and prospective customers at their location for a no- obligation consultation to conduct an invaluable needs assessment, evaluate scrap management process, and recommend ways to improve efficiency and increase financial revenue from the byproducts you’re creating as a part of your everyday working routine.
If you’re off-putting any of the following, they want to hear from you:
- Stainless Steel
- Low Grade Scrap
- Aerospace Alloys
- EDM Wire
- High-Temp Alloys
• Ferrous/ Nonferrous Chips
• Anything malleable that can be compacted
If you’ve got scrap, there are better ways to deal with it than simply scrapping it…