For more than 129 years, Garfield Refining has been one of America’s favorite precious metal refineries. We began our journey in 1892 and were originally named Eastern Smelting. The Garfield family purchased the company in 1928, and we’ve been family-owned and operated ever since. Read about our proud history and check out the timeline below!
PRECIOUS METALS SINCE 1892
How We Started
Eastern Smelting was founded in 1892 by Isaac Garfield. The refinery was housed in a small office in downtown Philadelphia. The company was bought out and rebranded as Garfield Smelting and Refining in 1928.
Growth In The 1930s
Despite the Great Depression, Garfield’s business expanded in the 1930s. The company moved in 1932 into a warehouse at South 18th street in Philadelphia, a building better equipped for a refinery’s industrial needs. In addition to recovering precious metals, Garfield was for many years also a silverware manufacturer. The company maintained Garfield’s Antique Silver until 1951.
Re-Location & More Growth
Philadelphia decided to build a new convention center in 1976. The Reading Convention Center site was selected as the location, making Garfield’s HQ the epicenter of what’s now the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Garfield became the first business to be relocated by the city. Matthew Garfield, who took over as CEO in 1981, led the company through the subsequent re-location process. In 1985, we moved to our current location at 810 E. Cayuga Street, and in the process, upgraded our melting and analytical capabilities.
Garfield Launches in Canada
Expansion to Australia
Today – Over 1 Million Customers
Today, Garfield caters to various industries and has served more than one million clients worldwide. We continually strive to improve our techniques and operations to bring you the best refining experience in the industry.