Craig Yarde founded Yarde Metals Inc. in 1976 when he established a small office in the basement of his home in Bristol, CT and began brokering metal over the phone with $1000 from the sale of his motorcycle! The phones seldom rang and were usually answered by his wife or his three year old daughter. Metal orders were picked up and delivered by family members in his station wagon. Craig partnered with his brother, Bruce Yarde, the following year and moved into a small rented factory on South Street in Bristol, CT. In 1986, Yarde Metals moved to an 85,000 square foot facility to accommodate the growing product line, services and sales. The company quickly outgrew this space and moved to a completely renovated state of the art 500,000 square foot facility in Southington, CT in June of 2003. Our corporate headquarters is more like a museum than a distribution warehouse and its unique style supports Craig's out-of-the-box business philosophy that has facilitated his success.
Yarde Metals now has ten service centers in addition to its corporate headquarters. They are located in: Albany, New York; Happauge, New York; Syracuse, New York; Pelham, New Hampshire; East Hanover, New Jersey; High Point, North Carolina; Streetsboro, Ohio; Limerick, Pennsylvania; Mendon, Massachusetts; Livonia, Michigan. Yarde Metals has expanded internationally throughout Europe and Asia and processes the majority of international business through our Happauge, New York facility as well as our corporate headquarters. We have representatives in Korea and China to help support our international sales business.
Yarde Metals carries a multi-metal inventory specializing in aluminum, stainless, carbon steel, brass and copper in a wide range of standard, unique and hard to find sizes. Yarde offers a variety of modern processing services to ensure quick turnarounds and fast deliveries. Yarde Metals adheres to universal quality standards by maintaining ISO 9001:2008 and Aerospace AS9100:2004 certifications. Our greatest asset is our team of 600 highly motivated associates working to support our loyal customers and our business philosophy.
Yarde Metals was acquired by Reliance Steel and Aluminum in August of 2006. Craig's daughter, Tracy Yarde Smith, successfully led the company through the transition from a private to a public company from 2006 through 2008. Today, Yarde Metals continues the traditions and philosophies of the Yarde family under the leadership Matthew Smith, President & COO.
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