Recycling for our Future

Brian Imbrey

TEL.: (704) 364-2970

Brian spent a good deal of his childhood in Europe and Africa, as the son of a U.S. foreign service officer. He went to French schools and became fluent in Italian and French. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Industrial Relations he got his first taste of the metals industry in 1978 at Commonwealth Metals in New Jersey. As a novice non ferrous semi finished metals trader Brian benefited from being surrounded by knowledgeable industry vets.

After a 10 year stint in the lingerie business in Seattle, Brian came back to metals when he joined Charles Bluestone Company as a stainless buyer and non ferrous trader representing this Pittsburgh company in the South in their Charlotte office. He enjoyed 9 years with Bluestone where he had a chance to develop lasting friendships and business relationships with scrap dealers and consumers.

In 1998, shortly after Metal Management purchased Bluestone, Brian joined Powercom Services in Atlanta and in 2000 fulfilled his dream of owning his own business and started Amity Metals.

Meryl Imbrey

TEL.: (704) 364-2970

Born in Port Chester, New York, Merry grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and pursued a graduate degree in International Relations at Johns Hopkins' SAIS Institute in Bologna, Italy. After working in retail management at Lord & Taylor in New York City Merry and Brian got married, moved to Seattle and represented  intimate apparel companies for 9 years in the Pacific Northwest.

In 1988 the family moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. While raising three kids Merry has been teaching English as a second language part time for many years and became a full partner with Brian at Amity Metals. Merry primarily handles financing and paperwork.

Charles Myers

TEL.: (336) 510-4657
CELL: (336) 253-3349

Born in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1947,  Charles was influenced and instructed by his late father who was always the carpenter and taught him a lot about woods and more importantly metals.  From his early years, he remembers going with Dad to "THE YARD".  It was an imposing and dangerous place in the fifties.

He attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and worked to get a business degree, met his future wife and went to work with his father at Myers Brothers Inc.  He managed to find different training for a couple of years in Chicago to expand his knowledge in the business.

In 1985 his father fully retired from Myers Brothers and moved to south Florida.

He purchased the company and acquired a partner who became an equal owner. They rapidly grew their account base and pushed for expansion by buying a new non-ferrous facility. They maintained the business till 2002 when they sold.

In 2005 Charles joined Amity Metals as a broker. His knowledge of the markets coupled with his extensive experience in running yard operations including a large aluminum sweat furnace can help his clients find the best markets for their metals.

Jim Hurlburt

TEL.: (919) 526-3983
CELL: (704) 989-0313

Jim Hurlburt began his career in the Scrap Business in 1989 working with Goldsboro Iron and Metal Company.  During his time there, he learned how to identify and process various grades of scrap metal. In 1997, Jim was offered a Scrap Buyer position with Colonial Metals Co., a brass and bronze ingot maker located in Pennsylvania. While there, he was responsible for purchasing copper and brass scrap.

In 2004, Jim joined Global Recycling Inc, purchasing scrap electric motors, shredder pickings and various copper/aluminum bearing scrap. In 2005, Jim and his family relocated to Charlotte, NC and Jim took on a more demanding role with Global Recycling, becoming Vice President of Operations.

Jim joined Amity Metals in early 2012 and is excited about the opportunity to grow and serve his customers in the scrap metal brokerage business.

Jim has served in various ISRI related boards and committees. He has conducted and taught several Metals Identification Seminars for ISRI National and Local Chapters.