Our Story

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.


Our vision is to become one of the largest precious metal purchasers in the world through our advanced, streamlined operations and become the industry standard for precious metal and gemstone processing.


Our mission is to become a market maker for silver, gold, diamonds and other exotic metals through our innovative, revolutionary mobile platform that provides complete transparency and convenience to the customer.

Core Values
  • Integrity:

    AOW is honest and principled in all business dealings.

  • Transparency:

    AOW’s process and business model is open and transparent.

  • Client Focused:

    AOW strives to be a model of excellence and is committed to providing clients with secure, accurate, timely, consistent, and reliable service.

  • Innovative:

    AOW strives to be on the cutting edge of technology and create processes to revolutionize the precious metals and scrap buying industry.

  • Teamwork:

    AOW is committed to fostering a supportive and collaborative culture for its team development.

  • Safety:

    AOW is dedicated to making the safety of its’ employees and clients a top priority.

  • Communication:

    AOW will break down communication barriers to ensure open and straight forward dialogue.

The AOW Advantage
Online Transaction History
Instant Payments
Realtime Reporting
Mobile Platform