Fourth generation’s £400k investment in scrap yard

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 17 Jul 2017

TWENTY-year-old Stallingborough scrap metal boss Ambrose Farrow has just got his hands on a £400,000 investment as he cleans up the industry’s act in fine style.

The fourth generation of his family to run a yard has just taken delivery of a huge new crusher, as he ramps up operations.

Stokesley Metals bought the Scandinavian Way site three years ago, and Ambrose was installed to head it up, then aged 17.

Now the past week has seen the arrival of a new Lefort 500 Conkest, a shear and baler as it is technically known.

“It is a big investment, and part of the big improvement we have made over the past three years,” Mr Farrow said. “It enables us to get more money for scrap, as the smaller it is compacted the more we can get on the lorries, the better it is for the environment, so it is a winner all round.

“What it does to a car, turning it into tiny pieces, is an eye-opener.”

The machine was transported by vessel from Lefort’s Belgian base to Humber International Terminal at North Killingholme, and was up and running within a day of trundling off the ship on a low-loader, making the short journey around Immingham.

A team of 50, from crane operators to mechanical fitters and lubrication suppliers, were there to ensure smooth reception, as well as the Farrow family.

Uncles run other sites in Malton and Pocklington, with another yard in Gainsborough just taken on, to be transformed from a waste site to scrap handling. 

The purchase will lead to a requirement for two or three more employees too, with roles for a scrap handler, operator and potentially another lorry driver identified by the five-strong team that includes sister Martina in the office.

“We have never had anything like this in the whole business, it is totally different,” Mr Farrow said. 

The Stallingborough site is now geared up to handle 300  to 400 tonnes of scrap a week, over and above the 30 cars that arrive at the end of the month – “it is when the tax and MoT is due,” Miss Farrow explained. 

Working with commercial and industrial customers, as well as the public, it has a strong customer focus, with free skip drops provided.

With scrap prices on the rise, but heavily impacted on by the Euro exchange rate, the Farrow family believe the increasing green credentials play into their hands too. “Scrap is recycling , after all,” Miss Farrow added.

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