Metalman New Zealand
Where does one even begin with a local company as accomplished as Metalman.co.nz?
Its history spans four generations, encompassing over 100 years of combined experience in the scrap metal trade. It began in 1945 Wellington, as entrepreneurial Bob Proctor began trading as Proctor’s Reclaim, salvaging army surplus stocks in the post-war years. With his son, Bert, joining the team in 1964, the company’s reputation only grew. Bob passed away in 1974, handing the reins over to Bert and his son, Clark. After the duo realised the potential afforded by aluminium can recycling, Can-man Recyclers was born in 1988, offering the public fairer prices and better service than their contemporaries. Five years was all it took for the small company to grow into a respected and successful recycling and exporting operation with customers throughout the country and overseas.
In 1993, Sims Pacific Metals purchased the business and, after 30 years in the scrap metal industry, Bert called it quits and retired. Clark would go on to become Sims’ key metal trader and, after 20 months, was approached by Tasman Pulp and Paper to head their recycling division.
Information Clark gathered in his roles consistently suggested that customer service in the scrap industry was lacking. With old customers from the Can-man days approaching Clark to purchase their scrap metal, he soon found himself back in the scrap metal trade — this began with a small scale operation in 1999. With the help of a hardworking manager, this was soon expanded to a small Mt Wellington depot to gauge public interest.
Overwhelming success forced Clark to search for a more permanent, and larger scale, arrangement — turnover had hit $600,000 within six months! When he could not find any suitable existing site, Clark purchased a bare lot of land in East Tamaki and, following months of legal formalities, work began on the site in 2001.
Unprecedented growth forced Clark to look for land again in 2005; this time, it would be in Takanini, adjacent to the Southern Motorway. >
2007 saw a branch open up in Waikato, and with two branches now in Christchurch, along with a branch in West Auckland, and a new branch in Whangarei, this takes the network to six strategic locations. Further improvements have seen Metalman.co.nz’s sites brought well into the 21st Century and they continue to provide the excellent service and prices that built their reputation using the most modern technology without compromising safety or the environment.
To help facilitate growth of the Metalman.co.nz business, they have joined forces with H W Richardson, the owner of Allied Concrete and Allied Petroleum. With 2380 heavy vehicles, trailers and ancillary gear in their fleet, Metalman.co.nz was a perfect fit to the group. The scrap metal dealer that you know and trust is here to stay, and so are the prices and service that built the Metalman.co.nz reputation, so please support the New Zealand-owned group that also supports your love of vehicles and motorsport.