BEGINNINGS OF THE COMPUTER PARTS BUSINESS
The founders of KruseCom began their careers in the scrap business. The original company was involved in moving heavy scrap out of Manhattan. Typical jobs could include filing cabinets, desks, chairs, or any kind of metal. It also involved the collection of precious metals including copper, silver, gold, and palladium. The company would recover copper wires from deconstruction sites. Silver was collected from film processors and hospital X-ray facilities. Gold scrap came from jewelers. A standard practice was to remove the carpet from a jeweler’s workshop, throw it into the furnace, and smelt out the gold dust.
Eventually, the company started taking on the job of removing early generation mainframes from Wall Street data centers. The mission was to recover the gold, silver, palladium, and other precious metals built into the computer chips and circuit boards. In that process, the scrap company built a substantial inventory of surplus mainframe carcasses.
Then, one day, a magical call came in. A data company in need of spare parts had heard about the company’s mainframe scrap business, and called in search of parts. They had a need for spare power supplies, fans, chips, memory, and other features. With the first transaction, the parts business was born.
Today KruseCom feeds the spare parts market. Many of the computers that KruseCom buys are not in demand in their current working state. They are just a little too old to attract interest for initial deployments. But there are many companies that still have those older units in their working data centers. They need spare parts to keep their legacy systems working. Therefore, KruseCom deconstructs these older computers. We sell the chips into the used chip market. Power supplies fail frequently, and are in high demand in the replacement market. Memory upgrades can delay purchases of new replacement machines. Feature boards can be especially valuable to support the current installed base of working machines. Data grows approximately 50% per year, and data centers need hard drives.