Belmont Trading Co., an independent distributor specializing in reclamation services, has doubled its U.S. office space and expanded to Guadalajara, Mexico.
Belmont has moved into a 43,000-sq.-ft. facility in Northbrook, Ill., about seven miles from its former offices in Morton Grove, according to company president and chief executive Igor Boguslavsky.
The new corporate headquarters will house offices, warehouse space, and a production area where the company will process recycled circuit boards, and test and refurbish used components and computer peripherals.
The company will retain about 5,000 feet of space at its former location to warehouse inventory overflow.
In Mexico, Belmont has launched a start-up operation for collecting, sorting, and distributing materials from about 50 of Belmont's U.S.-based customers that have set up shop in Guadalajara.
Belmont has been working informally with companies in Guadalajara for approximately two years, according to Boguslavsky, and began formal operations about a year ago.
Six Belmont employees are now at the facility, working under general manager Jose Amadour. Amadour previously held positions at Motorola, including plant director for an operation in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Boguslavsky said the 10,000-sq.-ft. Guadalajara operation focuses primarily on component recovery. "Our primary service to customers is to offer a one-stop-shop solution," he said. "We can take anything from packaging materials, low-grade materials, and circuit boards, to components and systems."
He said the Belmont facility is set up as a maquiladora, which will allow Belmont to import and export product on a temporary basis without being subject to Mexico's substantial value-added tax.
In addition, the company has received the necessary environmental licenses from the Mexican government to dispose of the excess material it acquires from customers. Reclamation companies retain salvageable materials from OEM products and dispose of the rest within the guidelines outlined by governmental agencies.
Founded in 1988, Belmont operated until recently as a memory-trading company. Today, the company has diversified into OEM asset-recovery services, including recycling of computer peripherals and board-level products such as microprocessors, flash memory, and other devices. These components are used by manufacturing, operations, and repair (MRO) customers, as well as by OEMs that use obsolete technologies in their product manufacturing.