North American Dismantling Co.
Tim Seagraves • 810-664-2888
Tim Seagraves, sales and marketing
director of North American Dismantling Co. (NADC), started with
the company in April of 2005.
Prior to working for NADC, Seagraves had worked
as a manufacturer’s rep in the automotive industry, but said, “I
have always been fascinated with demolition.” While some people
might see only the destructive nature of the business, Seagraves
sees it as a natural evolution. “The old must be removed to make
way for the new,” he said.
When he joined NADC, Seagraves saw a trend in
America, going from “labor-intensive industrial” to “a new high-tech
process.” He compared this current shift to the industrial revolution
in the 1700’s and 1800’s when mechanization replaced manual labor
and many of the industrial districts were built.
“Some of these facilities, grandfathers and great
grandfathers worked in there,” he said of some of the buildings.
But, like the industrial revolution that changed the landscape,
the high tech revolution is making its changes. “They are coming
back in a full circle,” Seagraves said.
Even the demolition business has evolved. Seagraves
pointed out that the company’s logo is a wrecking ball, which is
“pretty much obsolete, although we still sometimes use it.”
Pummeling a building with a wrecking ball might
be traditional – and dramatic – but it also runs the risk of throwing
particulates into the air, including asbestos that might be found
in old buildings. NADC prefers to “strategically take it down,”
with excavators equipped with shears and jaw-type concrete crushers
that do the job better and cleaner. A mini-concrete crusher is
also available to go on-site when needed.
The destination of the demolition material has
also changed since wrecking balls were king – now, the metal is
sorted and sent to scrap yards and mills; equipment like tanks,
light fixtures, furniture and machinery may be salvaged and sold,
and the un-recyclable debris is sent to state-approved landfills.
Rules and regulations have also evolved. Seagraves
said, “We realize it is for a very good reason,” and added that
safety of both the workers and community is of paramount importance.
At the same time, Seagraves said that part of
what makes the dismantling business so interesting is that each
job is different, and each can have “hidden dangers” that must
be addressed. Each project has an on-site job superintendent, and
that superintendent knows that help “is only a phone call away,”
whether the help needed is more or different equipment, or more
On 9/11, different sorts of phone calls were
made when NADC joined the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center.
At that time, a crew was working at a General Motors (GM) facility,
and NADC asked GM if they could leave the GM job to help with rescue
efforts. Without hesitation, GM said, “Go – this can wait.”
NADC loaded up the equipment they had at GM,
including a high-reach excavator, for the trip to New York. “You
just drop everything and mobilize. You just make it happen.” Seagraves
said. Unlike most projects, where so much time is spent in preparation
and planning, “We just needed to do what we needed to do.”
While Seagraves is relatively new at NADC, he
has seen significant growth in that short time. “It has been absolutely
fascinating to observe,” he said. The company, founded in 1984,
has about 50 “core” employees, but can employ as many as 250 workers
at one time.
As far as his own challenges, he said that as
soon as a job is done, there has to be another one, and it’s part
of his job to find those projects. He said that Rick Marcicki,
the company’s owner, has told him, “When we’ve got work, we don’t
know who you are, but when we don’t, you’re the most popular one
here.” The best part of his job, he said, was that it “allows me
the opportunity to interface with very different companies.”
“NADC will never short-change a project,” Seagraves
said. “The more difficult the job is, the better the opportunities
to get that job because we’re not afraid to get the people and
equipment.” He said that if a piece of equipment is required and
the company doesn’t already own it, they will buy one or lease
one for the job.
Seagraves said that the company’s tagline is,
“In pursuit of progress,” but he almost feels a little embarrassed
because along with that progress comes the need for the remnants
of the industrial boom “to go out for the new high tech to come
in.” However, he sees the change as good and said that he believes
that NADC is playing its part in “reshaping America and the world.”