In February 1998, in acknowledgement of the need for trustworthy scrap metals recycling in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Jay Robie engaged in the buying and selling of scrap metals. Word spread quickly of its honesty and integrity and it was not long before the company achieved notable success.
It was not long before Jay began accepting electronics recycling (E waste) in an effort to answer the growing necessity for an outlet by which to dispose of outdated technologies. In 2001, Jay purchased the company’s first building and began recycling both ferrous and non-ferrous materials. In the subsequent year, the first roll-off truck was purchased, and the recycling of scrap steel began.
Shortly thereafter, we began purchasing catalytic converters and selling them to processing facilities. In 2003, we started decanning and processing our own catalytic converters, becoming the only catalytic converter decanner in the state of Arizona. However, scrap automobiles are full of more recyclable parts than just the catalytic converters, so in January of 2004, a venture into a new area of recycling began - automotive cores. A new division was formed that would be named Phoenix Automotive Cores. Phoenix Automotive Cores’ mission was to educate and empower those in the automotive cores industry, and it has succeeded. Through knowledge and experience, Phoenix Automotive Cores has changed the way automotive cores are bought, handled and sold.
In July 2004, the Automotive Recyclers Association University invited Phoenix Automotive Cores to provide a training course for automotive recyclers. This invitation marked the first time an automotive core supplier had been invited to provide a training course that had the far-reaching potential to educate partners in the industry.
What began as an idea to help the environment through the recycling of scrap metals became a catalyst by which automotive recyclers can become educated and empowered. Through his willingness to share his knowledge, practices and experience with others in the industry, Jay Robie has made Phoenix Group Metals the success it has now become, and forever changed the face of recycling by continually championing education, integrity, partnerships and innovation.
- Today, the Phoenix Group Metals family of companies has grown to employ a staff of more than 45 and enjoys a market as far-reaching as Europe and South America, and provides the following services:
- Processes catalytic converters
- Purchases more than 45,000 automotive cores each month
- Stocks more than 500,000 automotive parts at any given time
- Supplies automotive parts remanufacturers on a global level