Northwest Industrial Sales was created in 1975 by two brothers Michael and John O’Regan who had moved from New Brunswick to Kamloops BC in search of business opportunities. The yard at 717 carrier st focused on used steel sales and also bought and sold scrap metal.
In 1983 the yard and assets were sold to the Brigden family. Central Salvage Ltd was created later in 1983 by Michael and John with the goal of servicing industrial clients scrap metal needs. It was during this year that they began to build roll off containers and begin a mobile scrap metal company. They started using a small rail spur in Heffley Creek BC to reload scrap metal bound for steel mills.
Michael’s son Mark joined the company in 1999 and continues on as 50% owner today.
John’s son Kent joined the company in 2004 and is now the other 50% owner today.
Around 2010 money was invested into adding a truck scale to the Heffley creek site to accommodate customers from the Kamloops area. A car baler was added and business began to boom.
In the summer of 2013 we bought our first external scrap business, Williams Lake Scrap Metal Recycling from Brent Judd and Wyatt Bednarz. Later that fall the property at 4105 Frizzi Rd was purchased and the business relocated there. This property had a rail spur and a large shop and fit perfectly into a scrap metal yard.
In Sept of 2015 Central Savage Ltd purchased the original Northwest in Kamloops back from the Brigden family. Extensive yard paving and improvements were completed by the summer of 2016 to improve efficiency and traffic flow through the yard.
Hinton Scrap Metal was purchased from Schnitzer Steel in Feb of 2017 with Mark’s brother Eric joining the business as managing partner where he remains today.
Knox Mountain Metals was purchased by Central Salvage in the fall of 2020 and is currently managed by Jayden Herzog.
Construction of a new yard in Edson Alta at 723 54th St. South begins in the spring of 2021.
Allen’s Scrap & Salvage was purchased in Aug of 2021. Clayton Moznik joins the Central Salvage ownership team and is currently General Manager and part owner of the Prince George and Terrace operations.
The Alberta division, Hinton and Edson, changed their name to Rocky Mountain Salvage Inc. in the winter of 2021.