THE EARLY YEARS IN BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
In 1936, Russell K. Glover, purchased a small milk can coating company that was located in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. The main service was the hot-dip tin coating of steel, cast iron, and copper parts that belonged to other companies or individuals. Within a few years his two sons, Howell Sr. & Russell, Jr., took over all of the daily operations of that little company, named National Can Retinning Co. With the population growth and better roadways to the west, the Company began to make giant strides in dairy customer growth. With the extra business, it was decided that the company would have to relocate to the mid-west to continue growth and survive among its growing competitors.
THE MOVE TO LIMA, OHIO
The National Can Retinning Co. sold its property in Baltimore, and moved to Lima, Ohio in 1949. Early in 1950, a special division was formed to perform "virgin" tin coatings for new milk cans and food preparation equipment parts. The name of that little division was "The Metal Coating Co."! It had 4 employees and a very small production area.
The early 1950's were times of extreme growth and prosperity, like the rest of the country. But by 1957, the dairy-ware industry had begun to follow the new technology of glass lined and stainless steel bulk tank systems now in almost universal use today. As fast as the dairy business had propelled the Glover family business, it was almost as fast into recession. By the early 1960's, business volume had dropped so much that the two brothers, wanting to go different directions with the business, decided to split the business. The Lima property, with The Metal Coating Co., was then "spun off" to be owned separately by Howell D. (Hal) Glover and his son, Howell D. Glover, Jr.
THE CHANGING BUSINESS
Changing with the "times" was nothing too new or difficult. It was simple, either changed to meet the needs of our customer's, or go out of business!! The new name was "Re-Cycling"…but it was what we had been doing for the past 50+ years. Receive your old rusty item, recondition and retin it with pure Grade A tin, and then return it to you in like new condition. Recycling….saves money, energy, and the environment!!
Because we were the O.E.M. coater for most of the most established food equipment manufacturers, we began to promote our coating services to retail customers, established food equipment dealers, and internet customers. Our low prices and fast service gave them a new way to save their old equipment and not have to buy new. Saving money . . . what a great idea! Also offering a repair & reconditioning service that astounds our customers for getting obsolete parts back into usable and resalable condition. We offer rewiring of your old mixer wire whips with stainless or carbon wire. It's a great way recycle them and keep your cost of operation low.
A NEW CENTURY BEGINS
Our newest service, "Custom Powder Coating", was started in late 1999. With our new "batch" type production equipment, we had the capability to clean, coat, and cure most items. This new service has expanded our customer base to include industry, farms, and individuals. Racing car frames and farm implement components have become a specialty. And for our existing food preparation equipment customers, we offer "FDA" approved powder coatings. It's the perfect coating for those steel and cast iron parts that need a tough and long lasting coating for those harsh working conditions and unfriendly environments. (Tables, meat saw & meat grinder stands, freezer & refrigerator racks, etc.) As in the past, the offering of highest quality coatings at a fair and competitive price with service customized to our customers’ needs confounds our competitors and delights our customers. We offer "custom color" powder coating to individuals, business, and industry without requiring large quantities to get a low price.
J.M. HAMILTON GROUP, INC.
The Glover family sold the business to the J.M. Hamilton Group, Inc. in January, 2013. The new owners are comprised of several employees and their family members. J.M. Hamilton Group Inc. is led by former General Manager, Jamie Hamilton. With the addition of several new regional customers and a very promising outlook for the future, we have added new machinery and doubled our workforce to 40+ employees.
THE FUTURE . . .
As a small business, we value each and every customer, regardless of the size of the order. Any color…any size is our new offer. It may sound corny…but we try to earn your business with each order. And we still operate with our simple moto:
"Quality and Service" … our Priority and Promise.
RETINNING & RECONDITIONING SPECIALIST SINCE 1936