By Jessica Bruha
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Rectangular bales of shredded paper stacked as high as the ceiling line the walls and paper scraps are unavoidable in the warehouse at Absolute Data Shredding (ADS).
However, a large, metal paper shredder is where all of the magic happens inside the new location of the local company, 3505 N. Flood Ave.
The family owned business is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month with an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The public can tour the facility and learn how sensitive documents from all over the state are shredded and ultimately recycled.
No papers will be accepted for shredding during the open house to keep areas protected, but attendees can learn how it happens, co-owner Jim Maguire said.
The company shreds everything from canceled checks and pay stubs to tax returns and Social Security numbers. Many of their big clients include banks who trust them to handle the materials in a safe manner, which is what they strive for, Maguire said.
Co-owner Henry Jarvis said the company is currently shredding around 125 to 200 tons of paper per month. Business is booming.
The company already has become the largest independent shredding company in the state. It also has been named in the Top 50 fastest growing companies in the metro two years in a row.
There’s no plan of slowing down, either. Jarvis said the growth will continue. The company added a second sales person in January and soon will add a new driver.
Maguire said with the equipment they have right now, there is still a lot of room for growth. Their paper shredder only runs about an hour or two a day, which shreds enough paper for their current staff to handle.
He said he thinks one of the reasons they’ve grown so fast is because they are willing to go where other companies will not. With clients in Broken Bow, Pryor, Altus and some in west Arkansas and north Texas, ADS is making stops other companies won’t.
Traveling those distances is worth it, though, as they make several stops on the way to their final destination, Maguire said.
Jarvis said ADS also plans to provide employee training soon to teach companies about document protection laws, which will benefit those other companies.
Not only will they benefit companies by providing the service, ADS also makes sure the community benefits from their quickly growing company. Meals on Wheels and United Way are some of the organizations ADS has been supporting in the community.
For more information about Absolute Data Shredding, visit shredok.com.