WENDT CORPORATION announces the commissioning of a small non-ferrous system at Dartmouth Metals Ltd. The installation of the system represents part of Dartmouth’s growth strategy to recover a greater percentage of non-ferrous metals, opening additional markets for the valuable material.
Located in Nova Scotia, Canada, Dartmouth Metals is a third generation, family-operated business that has been serving the scrap industry since the 1960s. In 1979, Peter Giberson founded what is known today as Dartmouth Metals Ltd., while his son, Dave, joined his father full-time in 2003. As a company of forty employees, Dartmouth prides itself on developing relationships with customers and staying at the forefront of the recycling industry, both of which have contributed to their growth.
Dartmouth’s non-ferrous plant features a WENDT Tumbleback Feeder, Trommel, Fines Eddy Current Separator, J-Box and WENDT/TOMRA FINDER. The plant incorporates the companies two previously existing eddy current separators. Dartmouth operates a small shredder and was running their automobile shredder residue (ASR) through eddy current separators, leaving valuable non-ferrous metals uncaptured.
Dave Giberson, Dartmouth Metals Owner & Manager, said, “We were shipping away our non-ferrous materials to a friendly local competitor, but we knew what we were missing.” The company had their product sampled several times and should have been getting 11-14% metallic recovery but were only achieving 6% with their original setup. “We were missing half of the material we could have been recovering. When the door closed for shipping our fluff material without sorting it properly, we knew it was time to invest,” Giberson stated.
Dartmouth expects to recover the last 6-8% of metals; Zorba Fines, Zurik and Copper Wire, with their new system. The company also attributes the new system with increased labor savings and attracting higher levels of talent. “The WENDT system modernizes our yard and has made it a more appealing place to work,” said Giberson. “We have saved in labor because of the advanced technology but have also added higher level positions to operate and maintain the equipment. People are familiar with WENDT equipment, and it has attracted additional talent to my company because of it.”
WENDT specializes in developing the right solution that fits customers’ requirements from single pieces of equipment to small scrap processing plants to the largest plants in the world. “WENDT had a lot of ideas from the start and systematically took their time to make sure I was happy with the layout and that it would fit my current operation,” Giberson said. “We discussed what their goals were to grow his business and what available assets he wanted to reuse,” said Bill Close, WENDT Non-Ferrous Business Development Manager. “Together we collaborated to develop a solution unique to their needs.” Dartmouth had a 45-year-old existing building on-site the company needed to utilize to fit the non-ferrous plant inside. “The WENDT team engineered the system to maximize space and fit in our existing building. They were flexible and practical with the layout to account for the equipment, as well as the handling of material,” Giberson added.
Dartmouth’s non-ferrous plant was installed and commissioned, June 2022.