Meeting us for the first time seems to beg the question, “How did you wind up here?” So this is our story:
In the mid 1980’s Dave worked as a truck driver for an industrial scrap metal firm, where he learned the business. He eventually moved on to another job, but after a while wanted a better life for his growing family and was overcome with the desire to be self-employed.
In 1987, with far more passion than pocketbook, Fran & Dave started their business with $50 cash and a 1969 Chevy pick-up truck that Dave built out of parts from several other trucks. He began buying batteries from gas stations and car dealerships and sold them at a profit to a local scrap yard. Eventually, by constantly re-investing the profits, they went on to buying industrial scrap from machine shops and factories by day, and dismantling machinery and removing boilers by night.
While selling to different scrap yards Dave noticed that some of them needed a lot of improvement in customer service and attitude. Thinking he could do a better job at serving customers, Dave and three other partners purchased a scrap yard on Long Island in 2002. After a few years of hard work and implementing some innovative ideas, the four were able to turn a sleepy little yard, into one of Long Island’s busiest retail yards.
In 2009, the property was lost, along with others in the area, to eminent domain, for use in a public works project. In December of that year Dave and his wife Fran moved to Durham, N.C. to start anew. They bought a scrap yard that could best be described as “derelict”, and as partners, they committed to building a viable business.
You can read more about our philosophy at About Us.
-Fran & Dave Rush