Precious Metal Refining

     Precious Metal Refining – A Glimpse Through the Smoke

Wednesday September 30th @ 2:00 PM

Jack Brown, Co-Owner and Operations Manager of Mid-States Recycling and Refining will provide a detailed explanation of what happens inside a Precious Metal Refinery.  He explains the science of the process from start to finish and provides the audience with a firm understanding of the “red flags” that can affect the yields from their Karat Gold and Silver materials.  Through this in-depth video tour you will gain a firm understanding of “proper industry practices” for melting, sampling, analytical processes and the appropriate reporting of final a settlement.  You will also be invited to a fascinating look and explanation into the wet chemical process of how the diamond and gemstone recovery process works.  Frequently referred to by some of the most influential Pawnbrokers as “the most educational presentation on Precious Metal Refining they’ve ever seen” this is a presentation you should not miss.


Jack Brown is co-owner and Operations Manager for Mid-States Recycling, Inc., located in Des Plaines, Illinois.  Mid-States, a family owned business began operations in 1981 under the direction of Jack’s father Ellis Brown, former President of the Simmons Refining Company of Chicago.

Jack, having a background and firm understanding in technical sales joined Mid-States shortly thereafter in 1982.  Over the course of the next 35+ years Jacks’ responsibilities have grown to include all Plant, Laboratory, Gemstone Recovery, Refining, Purchasing and Marketing functions of the company. 

Jack has previously served as a Director for the NPA, has recently served on the NPA Vendors Advisory Committee and is the current president of the Central States Chapter of the International Precious Metal Institute.

Contact information

847.298.0010 ex:320