Company History

Merritt Ames, a Vermont preacher, started the Ames Chemical Company in 1860. Ames loved the new art of photography, and he augmented his business by refining silver from scrap photographic plates. Ames Chemical was sold to GAF Corporation in the late 1960s, and was subsequently purchased by the Ames Goldsmith Corporation in 1979. The current company carries on the tradition of dedication to innovative technology and exceptional customer service. We've been recycling for nearly a century and a half, making the most of silver - a vital resource for industry, medicine, photography, electronic components and manufactured consumer products.

Ames Goldsmith remains a vibrant testimony to the vision of Merritt Ames, who established a thriving company by reclaiming silver. As the company grew, we diversified into producing silver nitrate, oxide powders and flakes. Today, Ames Goldsmith also refines ethylene oxide silver catalyst and other selected silver-bearing scrap. Ames Goldsmith is ISO 9000 certified (U.L.) and holds preferred supplier status with many of its customers.

In 1999 we acquired the Heraeus silver powder and flake business. In 2006 we completed a new building to house our powder and flake business. This facility has its own air and water treatment facilities and also has an applications lab for ensuring our products will work for each customers application. In 2006 we acquired the Kodak silver nitrate plant in Kirkby, England. This gives us base in the European market to expand our European sales and to ensure a better service for our existing customers in this region.

In 2007 we acquired a second site in South Glens Falls for copper powder production, silver flake production and catalyst sampling and storage.

In 2009 The UK site started silver oxide production.


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