Our vision here at Metalman is to be the most proactive, professional, privately-owned recycling organisation in the world.
In 2011, we completed our new two story office facility that incorporates our dual lane, drive-thru, public purchasing facility. Adjacent to that, we have also built a huge store house for the consolidation of high value material prior to exporting
In early 2012, we installed a new 130 tonne fully automatic bailing machine in our Christchurch facility and bolstered up the fleet down there with two hook trucks, a tipping trailer, a brand new wheeled excavator and another compliment of new bins to further try to cater for the growing demand for services due to the earthquakes in the region.
In order to facilitate the growth of the Metalman business, we have agreed to sell a portion of the company and have joined forces with one of the largest privately owned enterprises in the country, the H.W. Richardson group of companies from Allied Concrete and Allied Petroleum fame. They own many, many businesses and in fact have 680 trucks in their current fleet. When you add our fleet, that puts the figure up around 750 trucks, 450 trailers, lots and lots of graders, excavators, front end loaders!
Our goal is to grow the Metalman business by at least 50% over the next three years through acquisition and green-field start-ups. It is a very, very exciting time for the Metalman group, all of our hard working staff and all of their families, and our existing clients. The future is bright.
In October 2000, Clark purchased a bare section of land in East Tamaki, on the corners of East Tamaki, Preston and Ormiston Roads, high profile and perfect to begin the realisation of his dream – a recycling facility for the 21st Century.
Nine months of planning and obtaining consents followed, with the ground being broken in May 2001. It was the start of something big…
In 2005 Clark could no longer maintain just the one site for his operation which had grown by more than 50% per year since the opening of the new facility. He went looking again for land on which to build a further facility. He found it in Takanini adjacent to the southern motorway.
In 2006 when demand was once again surpassing capacity he opened a branch in Tauranga. Later in 2006 the South Island beckoned and a further branch was opened in Christchurch.
2007 was the opening of another Branch in Waikato to accommodate the demand in the area. Again this was a reflection for the need of a good, consistent service provider in the region.
2008 has seen the expansion of and installation of a 220 MT baling press at the Takanini site. A second weighbridge has been installed and once again having purpose built the yard Clark has been able to produce a modern, technologically up to date recycling facility.
In late 1999, after trading independently on a small scale, Clark, along with the help of a hardworking Manager, opened up a scrap metal depot in Mt Wellington to gauge public support for a potential new scrap metal recycling venture. Within 18 months, they had put together a committed team of workers and, with turnover up to $600,000 within six months of opening, it soon became apparent that a more permanent arrangement would be required. With this in mind, Clark spent many months scouring South Auckland for a suitable high profile site to purchase, in order to begin trading on a larger scale.
When Clark could not find an existing site suitable for the set up he envisaged, he realised it was time to pursue the ultimate scrap trader’s dream: to purchase bare land and build a purpose-built recycling facility
However, the lure of recycling was entrenched in the Proctor blood and in the late 80’s Bert and his son Clark, having seen first-hand the impressive growth of the fledgling recycling industry in Australia, recognised the potential of aluminium can recycling in New Zealand.
And so, in 1988, a new father and son enterprise – Can-Man Recyclers – was born, one of the fore-runners in New Zealand for the collection and recycling of aluminium cans.
Initially operating as can collectors under the Comalco “Cash for Cans” programme, it soon became apparent to the Proctors that they could offer the public fairer prices and better service by operating as independent collectors, recyclers and exporters of aluminium cans. As the public quickly grew to trust their reliability and integrity, it was inevitable that Clark and Bert would have to resurrect their legacy, and so Drew Metals was brought back into being as the scrap metal partner to Can-Man Recyclers.
Within five years, with the help of quality staff, the small can collecting business that started out in a garage had grown into a respected and successful recycling and exporting operation with customers throughout the country and overseas. Within a few years some of the big players in the scrap market started to view the Proctor’s booming business with acquisitive eyes. In 1993, with an “if you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em” approach, Sims Pacific Metals made Clark and Bert an offer they couldn’t refuse and the business was sold. After 30 years in the scrap trade, Bert took the opportunity to retire and Clark became Sims’ key metal trader as part of the sale agreement.
After 20 months with Sims, Clark was approached by Tasman Pulp and Paper to head up their recycling division, the brief to supply paper for a 100 million dollar recycled fibre plant. Clark set up a recycling facility incorporating a dual internal rail siding, 60m weighstation, offices, machinery and stores people. Due to falling world prices, this project was mothballed after a short time and for the next two years, Clark was responsible for sourcing and organising collection of materials for Tasman.
Whilst working for Sims and latterly Tasman, from conversations had and from keeping an eye on the markets, it was evident to Clark that customer service was waning in the scrap industry. The quality of collection receptacles, vehicles and public relations offered by existing scrap traders was poor and the market appeared to be crying out for good old fashioned values and service. A lot of Clark’s old customers from the Can-Man days were continually asking Clark to purchase their metal, knowing from past experience that Clark offered both fair prices and good service.
Accommodating one customer soon became several, and before long the word spread through the grape vine that Clark was back in business. It would seem that Clark had no choice – whether he liked it or not, the scrap trade wanted him back.
In 1964, having established a successful company with a solid foundation spanning 20 years, Grandpa Proctor decided it was time to solidify the company as a family business and so Bob’s son, Bert Proctor, joined the company, which continued to flourish.
Father and son proved to be a strong business combination, and their honest and fair reputation won them many large contracts, such as salvaging the Wahine, demolishing the Palmerston North and Miramar Gas Works, and scrapping the original 1902 Blenheim Fire King and Queen fire-fighting engines.
In 1974 Robert Proctor passed away, leaving his legacy to his son Bert. In the early 80’s Bert moved up to Auckland. Wanting a clean break from the world of scrap, Bert moved into the engineering arena for the next six years.
Metalman’s history spans four generations, encompassing over 100 years combined experience in the scrap metal trade.
Entrepreneurial Wellingtonian Bob Proctor started trading in 1945 as Proctor’s Reclaim. The war years were ending and Bob Proctor recognised the opportunities offered during this time of revitalisation. Salvaging surplus army stocks was a vital part of his start up phase.