On Friday 21st November, Dudley South Parliamentary Candidate Natasha Millward visited Mason Metals Ltd scrap metal recycling operation in Brierley Hill, Dudley.
Ms Millward was able to see the range of metals processed at Mason Metals and get an insight of the types of application the scrap is created from.
Staff at the firm were able to express the huge changes they seen in the industry during past two years since her previous visit in 2012 with MP Ian Austin.
Mason’s Managing Director Andy Jones also explained their part in the local "circular economy" sourcing scrap from businesses locally and once processed seeking wherever possible to sell to the regions foundries - strengthening the local economy and increasing the environmental benefits of its activity.
Metaltrack director Paul Long was also on hand to demonstrate their locally designed, built and supported Scrap Metal Software. The Cradley Heath IT firm have worked with Mason Metals since the summer of 2012 to help them meet the likely cash ban and other foreseen issues such as ID collection and storage.
"It seems a long time since our collaboration began but the system immediately worked for Mason Metals providing the speed and admin efficiency they needed. Since then we've added faster payments, printed checks and many reporting programmes. We now support a national client base providing 24 hour support and all the firewall and security measures associated with handling sensitive data" said Mr Long.
Neil Woodall Commercial Manager at Mason Metals noted "Natasha remembered her last visit to us and it was great to show her the physical investments we've made for compliance, the impact of the IT system and how the initial software to transact the public custom has evolved into a commercial system.
"We now have large national customers who we communicate with electronically for waste transfer notes and payments; it's what they require and without it I doubt we'd have their custom."
Ms Millward commented "it was great to come back and see the changes and witness two local companies working together to such effect. Fantastic to see how they have turned a perceived negative for their industry into such a positive!"