In a 20,000-square-foot warehouse, where visitors are required to trade in a driver's license for a visitor's badge, some of the nation's secrets are torn apart, reduced to sand or demagnetized until they are forever silent.
"We make things go away," said
The company's clients include the
In a state that's become a center for federal intelligence organizations and private contractors gathering top-secret information, e-End has carved out a niche by destroying the hardware on which such organizations gathered classified material.
With high-profile information leaks from the
"It is definitely a growing sector," Johnson said.
The Chafitzes said e-End has annual revenue in excess of
Need to destroy a rugged Toughbook laptop that might have been used in war? E-End will use a high-powered magnetic process known as degaussing to erase its hard drive of any memory. A computer monitor that might have some top-secret images left on it? Crushed and ground into recyclable glass. Laser sights for weapons? Torn into tiny shards of metal.
E-End adheres to the government's highest demilitarization standards and NSA guidelines,
"They've done work for us several times, and we'll definitely use them again," said
Leaks of classified information - most notably revelations by former CIA employee and NSA contractor
"Our job is basically to keep our nation safe," he said. "Our goal is to get them to get all this equipment out before they have another Snowden event."
The company has had contracts with the
"We have been pleased with the thoroughness of the work done by e- End," said
E-End's clients also include health care insurers and providers, who worry about losing patient information - and drawing investigations and fines.
"Our last delivery to e-End was 1,884 pounds of miscellaneous electronics, mostly computers, hard drives, DVDs and CDs," she said. "We particularly like the fact that e-End provides certificates guaranteeing data sanitization and recycling."
Last year, BlueCross BlueShield of
In recent weeks, authorities have arrested an Iraq War veteran accused of stealing information on about 400 members of his former Army unit so he could make fake IDs for a militia, and a state employee in
Even as reports of data mismanagement or theft proliferate, agencies and corporations might not realize the danger of not disposing of their equipment properly, said
"I think we're still doing a lot of educating," she said. "It's tough because even my state groups think it's not going to happen to us. Well, that's a risk I'm not sure you want to take."