Assay on Wheels® (AOW) was founded in 2011 with a vision to revolutionize the precious metals recycling market.
Founder and CEO, Chris Noyes, was a pawnbroker who was tired of feeling like something was missing
from the returns he received from his precious metals scrap. After building one of the largest independently owned pawn chains in Virginia,
Chris knew he could develop a better business model for the industry.
He developed a mobile assay platform that is now fully patented and trademarked in the USA, patented in Mongolia, Columbia, Russia, Mexico, Philippines, China and patent pending in over 90 additional countries. These applications cover every type of mobile platform imaginable; including aircrafts, boats, trains, shipping containers and automobiles.
In late 2014 AOW adjusted its objective to address international markets. In addition to AOW's mobile business platform, AOW's In-house developed software proved to solve several major problems in the artisanal mining sector. Having the ability to be in remote areas with assay equipment is a major convenience for small scale miners. Extensive vetting process and data collection aids in formalizing artisanal miners, keeps gold transactions within the country of origin, and ensures credible reporting while also retaining tax revenue in country.
AOW is an avid supporter and enforcer of OECD guidelines and the principles of the UN Global Compact. Vetting, frequent mine site audits, and extensive data collection are just some of the ways AOW insures any gold that is processed is conflict-free and does not contribute to any corruption, environmental destruction, acts against human rights, or unfair labor practices.