The people and history of All Metals Recycling
All Metals Recycling's been serving Northern New England since 1974.
The business was founded by land surveyor Richard Towns as Green Mountain Sanitation, a waste handling company. It didn't take long for him to realize the real value in the business was in recycling, so he began focusing on recycling construction debris and metals.
By '95, metal recycling constituted most of the business's activity, so Richard sold the waste business; and his sons, Robbin and Ryan, founded All Metals Recycling, firmly focused on metal recycling.
Brother Randy joined the firm in 2007, and Rachel Towns, the company's third generation, came on board in '11.
The company's grown greatly over the years, becoming one of the largest private employers in Hardwick. In '95 we had just four employees and a couple of trucks. Now we employee 30 people and have an entire fleet of trucks and heavy equipment.
In 2008, we added another scrapyard: in Williston.
The oldest of the Towns boys, Randy lives in Hyde Park with his wife Debrann Valley.
He put his business degree from Champlain College to use as co-owner of Green Mountain Sanitation with his father, before becoming Division Manager at Casella in '95 and then joining AMR in 2007.
Inbetween he spent active time in the military from 1979-1984, and he remains involved with the local VFW post.
Lilly, the official AMR junkyard dog (a Boxer), belongs to Randy. But he's proudest of his grown children: Rachel, who became the third generation of Towns to join AMR; and Lindsey, an educator.
During his time off, you might see Randy cruising the Vermont countryside on his Harley.
Life-long Hyde Park resident Ryan Towns is AMR's Operations Manager.
He was in on the "ground floor" of AMR working with his father for the company's predecessor, Green Mountain Sanitation.
Ryan's a real "people person" and thrives in his role of running the day-to-day operations of AMR — interacting with people of all sorts on the customer- and employee-side of the business.
Like all the Towns boys, he ranks hockey and Harleys up there as some of his interests.
Robbin has the distinction of being the only Towns boy who's not a native Vermonter, though only by technicality. When Robbin's time came around, his father was working out-of-state as a land surveyor building Interstate 91. So Keene, N.H., is what the birth certificate reads.
No matter: As a resident of Hardwick, he's spent the rest of his life living and working among his neighbors here in northern Vermont.
Robbin's an '87 graduate of Champlain College who went on to work as an inventory manager and plant manager before joining his brothers in AMR in 1997.
He's the company's non-ferrous metals expert — just ask him! — and loves working locally with his family.
Back at home, he has two kids, Raine and Clover.
Morrisville native Mark lives in Swanton and manages AMR's Williston location.
He started way back in 1988 working as a driver for AMR's predecessor Green Mountain Sanitation. In '95 he went to work for Casella, but returned to AMR in 2007 as a salesperson, becoming Williston Site Manager the following year.
He holds a degree in Electronics Technology from New Hampshire Voc Tech College in Manchester; and loves to watch his two kids, Alyssa and Alex, grow.
Both kids love to play hockey, and Mark serves as a volunteer for the Missisquoi Amateur Hockey Association.
Lilly, Randy's loyal Boxer, serves as Vice President of Reception and Customer Care at our Hardwick scrapyard.