National Salvage & Service Corporation began operation in 1980 in Bloomington, Ind., as Midwest Railroad Tie Sales, a railroad track removal and recycling company. During more than 30 years of operation, National has grown to become a multi-service corporation with four offices across the country and has worked in almost every state.
Midwest Railroad Tie Sales became two companies — National Salvage & Service Corporation, the parent company, and National Environmental Services Corporation — in 1988, expanding into the demolition and environmental remediation industries. It was then that National’s corporate strategy shifted to “Remove, Recover, Restore,” offering comprehensive services to cover all stages of demolition and remediation projects.
National has performed demolition and environmental remediation projects ranging in size from $50,000 to $60 million in 43 states. These projects include the demolition of active power plants, bridges over navigable waterways and sports arenas and the remediation of Superfund sites. National has achieved and continues to earn a stellar safety performance record while performing more than $20 million in demolition and environmental remediation projects each year.
Although it expanded, National never lost focus on its core business — railroad tie removal and recycling. National grew to become the country’s largest recycler of treated wood, and many of its first clients still hold contracts with them.
Still based in Bloomington, National now also has offices and grinding operations in Selma and Montgomery, Ala., and is developing a plant in North Carolina. It has 125 employees and more than 100 subcontractors at any given time. It is a trusted national leader in railroad tie removal, recycling and sales, as well as demolition, asset recovery, environmental remediation, utility pole recycling and sales and the production, sale and track preparation of new railroad ties.