Commodity Resource & Environmental, Inc.

Challenge – Cost-effective structure to launch new company venture
Solution – Hercules Truss Arch Building
Size – 60′ wide x 50′ long
Application – Secure document destruction facility

Founded in 1980, Commodity Resource & Environmental, Inc. is a successful silver recovery and refining company catering predominantly to the medical industry. The company offers payment for the extraction of silver from scrap file X-rays from hospitals, medical centers and doctors’ offices across the United States. Their silver refinery occupies 5 acres in Mojave, CA, where 15,000,000 lbs. of scrap X-rays are refined for silver annually.

In accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act enacted in 1996, Commodity Resource & Environmental, Inc. is required to provide document security and destruction for both the X-rays they recover as well as their associated packaging, such as envelopes. This requirement sparked a company idea to expand their services and create a new business enterprise in the paper shredding business. As President Larry DeWitt explains, “The document destruction department was a new operational venture. We needed an additional structure to house the equipment and serve as the facility.”

While driving along an interstate highway in Missouri, DeWitt noticed a ClearSpan structure being used as a hay storage building, and decided to look into the company online. “Since I was driving through a tornado belt, I knew the building had to be strong enough to withstand severe weather conditions. I decided to research this type of structure to see if it would work well as our facility,” DeWitt says. After extensive internet research, he decided that a ClearSpan Hercules Truss Arch Building was the best option for the company.

Since the company was embarking on a new business endeavor, there were clear risks involved and they were set on a restricted budget. “We chose a ClearSpan Fabric Structure over a traditional wood or steel building because of the cost effectiveness,” says DeWitt. He is also extremely pleased with how the building has worked out for the company, both functionally and aesthetically. He explains, “The cosmetic and structural design of the building, inside and out, has impressed both employees and visiting customers. It looks and works perfectly.”

The company plans to focus on the medical industry at first, and eventually expand to offer their document destruction services to more clients. With the versatility of a ClearSpan building, they are free to do so, as the buildings can be expanded or relocated as necessary. The company is very happy with their decision to choose ClearSpan for their facility, and DeWitt states, “We were highly pleased with the sales and technical support we received from ClearSpan throughout the purchasing and installation processes. The building has worked out great.”
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