Metal Conversion Technologies, LLC (MCT) was founded in 2003 by John Patterson. Today, MCT, the second largest battery recycler in North America, remains a family owned and operated company, supplying the best in battery recycling services.
John Patterson was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the steel manufacturing industry. Both sides of his family were longtime steel workers, who helped to inspire John in the culture of the American Steel Industry at a very early age. When John was just five years old, his father took him to visit a neighborhood steel operation located across the street from their home in Carnegie, PA. During the metal casting process of a massive electric furnace operation, the young John Patterson saw and felt the heat from the molten metal used to form alloy steel beams. From that unforgettable day with his father at the casting and forging plant, John took with him memories of energy and molten metal that would one day help him realize his dreams. As John grew to learn the intricacies of the industrial metal works, he concluded that the processes, despite their power and productivity, tended to be wasteful and inefficient. He took a personal interest in conservation, efficiency, and recycling within similar industrial systems.
John Patterson graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, completing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. With his formal education, John combined his knowledge of metal alloying with practical and efficient metal recycling technology and processes. He realized that in order for America to thrive and compete in the generations to come it would need to develop new resources, instead of raw materials, to be used as substitutes addressing the depletion of our own natural resources. His green commitment matured.
John spent the better part of the next three decades working in the electroplating, metal recycling, and rechargeable battery industries. He observed that the continued use and increased demand of portable power was an integral part of our lives. He also realized that discarded batteries and battery-containing devices embodied metals which had a usefulness extending far beyond the life of the batteries themselves. This became the premise used to develop a process to safely transform discarded resources into highly sought-after commodities. The transformation process would separate the discarded batteries and their devices into their elemental components making recycling an achievable outcome. John invested time and monies into creating his own technology for the most efficient and effective battery recycling process. “The remelt alloy and metal concentrate products are derived from the spent batteries recycled by Metal Conversion,” explains Mr. Patterson. “The metals captured by our High Temperature Metal Reclamation Process (nickel, iron, and chrome) and the concentrates (cadmium, zinc, and manganese) are reclaimed from the batteries for use as raw materials in the steel industry.”
In the year 2000, Mr. Patterson and his family relocated to Georgia, where John continued to work as a consultant and engineer in the rechargeable battery industry promoting battery recycling as a sustainable and necessary practice.
In the fall of 2003, with Janet acting as co-business owner, John incorporated their company and opened their plant in Cartersville, GA. This completed his lifelong dream of developing his own business that incorporates the premise of “sustaining America’s natural resources.” The birth of Metal Conversion Technologies is a classic story of American determination and hard work.
MCT’s full service battery recycling facility is specifically equipped to handle all levels of battery recycling from collection and sorting to melting and alloy production. In MCT’s first year, John’s prayers were answered when he was able to acquire a state-of-the-art induction furnace for use in his innovative melting process.
In the early years of MCT, John and Jan, with their sons, Christian and Evan, staffed the entire plant. John took care of inventory, sales, and engineering, as well as running the furnace. Jan tirelessly managed MCT’s shipping and receiving operations, while their sons sorted, separated and prepped batteries for melting. One of their first clients, a large cellular phone supplier, delivered eight truckloads of discarded, discontinued cell-phones and batteries to MCT, nearly filling the entire plant. As high school students, after school, Christian and Evan completed their homework at the plant, then helped their parents prepare the batteries for recycling. In the first two years, even with the part-time help from their sons, John and Jan worked 12 hours a day, six days a week in order to keep up with the “battery recycling demand.”
Since 2003, MCT’s battery recycling services have grown from a national business to one that now services customers in four other continents. Mr. Patterson has hired a select staff of trusted and skilled individuals with a similar passion for the recycling industry. “As a business owner, hiring good people who share your dream is very rewarding. You can rest easier when you have good people working for you.”
Metal Conversion Technologies has proven to be a social and financial success, as well as staying abreast of the latest industry standard certifications.