First time poster here... names Josh, and i'm glad I found this forum. You'll be seeing me around for sure! My company is interested in buying the scrap material left over from manufacturing companies, for recycling/reuse in Asia. I would like to just setup a recycling plan with these companies where we buy/pickup the material as it becomes ready. However, it seems that most of these manufacturers have a bidding process, where companies regularly bid on the material instead. I would like a purchasing guru to help me to understand if there is a formal business process, or good way to "get in" on these bids? Or, even just who I would contact at the company (individual plant supervisors, sales, etc.) I'm not sure how to get invited to bid. Lately i've been having to deal with materials brokers, who bid at the plants and then jack up the price for me... Help!!! I sincerely appreciate everything in advance, Josh tl;dr - How do I "get in" on the bidding for a Manufacturing companies scrap material. Is there a formal business process? This is private industry.