Where Did All the Oil Go?

Where Did All the Oil Go?

A funny thought hit me the other day while I was standing in my office. I was scanning something on one of the printers and it occurred to me that everything was made out of plastic and I said to myself “how many miles could I have done with my car if all of...
The End of Society as We Know It

The End of Society as We Know It

For some reason or other, we humans seem to value progress over all else. Is progress all it’s cracked up to be? There are some disturbing trends out there, I fear that the people putting these events in motion may have not have given much thought to the...
Lessons from My First 6 Months in the Metal Industry

Lessons from My First 6 Months in the Metal Industry

Having joined Globe Metal back in May I really didn’t know what to make of the company or the metal recycling industry. I grew up around construction and plumbing but spent most of my career in advertising and branding. Besides a good feeling about the company and its...
The Rise and Fall of the Scrap Industry in North America

The Rise and Fall of the Scrap Industry in North America

I remember when I first started working in the metal recycling industry in 1974 and I would tell somebody that I was in the scrap business, the first response was always” Wow, everyone in the scrap business makes a fortune!”. That probably was true at the time. Many...
Is Your Receptionist Killing Your Business?

Is Your Receptionist Killing Your Business?

One of the most damaging things that can befall a business is the receptionist who feels it is his/her job to screen calls with no discretion. Why do I say this is the most damaging? At our company, we have a trading floor where many buyers are on the telephone cold...
5 Tips to Maximize the Value of Scrap Metal

5 Tips to Maximize the Value of Scrap Metal

The troft in metal prices that we’ve seen in the metal industry over the past few years has been painful, we’ve felt it, and if you’re reading this, you’ve likely felt it. Tungsten, Molybdenum are all trading at less than half of what they were just 2 years ago. This...