DAMASCUS - The more it weighs, the more it pays, according to Christian Barth, owner of the All Alloys Recycling Center that opened Feb. 27 on U.S. Route 62, just east of Damascus.
Barth has been in the scrap business long enough for 26 years of experience to help him form three businesses while collecting his share of hot rods, muscle cars and a couple of plain old classics.
He also owns Pick-A-Part.com and B2 Auto Crushers both located on Keystone Street in Alliance.
"Most people grow up wanting to be join the police or be a firefighter," Barth said. "I wanted to be a scrap man, it's my passion. I've done this just about all my life."
It's a passion that clearly sees business on one side and beauty on the other.
While the business grows, as scrap is more in demand and available, Barth took advantage of the vacant garage in Damascus that was home to Coy Automotive for years and turned it into a recycler.
"We buy everything but glass, plastic and paper," he said, adding non-ferrous metals like aluminum, copper, wheels, catalytic converters are paid for with cash.
"We buy cars," Barth said, explaining if the 5,000 pound scale at the Damascus facility can't handle, it can be driven or towed to Alliance where there is a 20-ton scale.
"Later models go to Pick-A-Part," he said and the others go to B2 Auto Crushers.
Again, he says, "We pay cash ... the more it weighs, the more it pays" which is a slogan he dreamt up one night.
Something woke him and with the words still in mind and he was smart enough to write them down.
"The next day it was in an ad," Barth said, noting that All Alloy is looking for industrial accounts and offers a pick-up service, like the sign inside said: "Free removal, fast service."
Pick-A-Part.com offers a parts search section and Barth said, "If we don't have it, we can get it."
Barth considers the car collection as a part of the business and on Wednesday had a number of the cars lined up front of the business so people driving past could get a look.
There were some heads turning, he said.
The collection, in part, includes a 1969 Super Bee, a 1963 Studebaker Avanti, a 1939 Chevy, with a four-inch chop and a 355 small block, a 1937 Dodge, 1936 Chevy pickup, 1974 Monte Carlo and a gold 1963 Chevy two-door with a "283" and 36,000 miles on it "that runs and drives like new."
Barth adds, "It's a pleasure to drive too" noting he doesn't like "trailer queens" and understands that cars need to be driven.
Oh, there's also a black 1963 Corvette convertible that he renamed "Frankenvette" because it's been partially reconstituted with scavenged parts from other 'Vettes. He drives it a lot and uses it for business.
"When I drive up, people come out to see me," he says of the advantage he gains by wheeling up in a classic sports car or hot rod.
The bright orange Dodge "383" Super Bee is a head-turner.
At the Salem Super Cruise last year, Barth said cell phone cameras were popping everywhere when he drove by.
The family-owned business employs two people and if things pick up, Barth said he might add more.
All Alloys is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. everyday except Sunday.
For more information, call 330-257-3811.
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