We’re not your typical metal recycling company.
What We Do
We create customized recycling programs for manufacturing partners across a broad range of industries, in addition to trading our materials with consumers across the globe.Explore Our Solutions
Why We Do It
With a steadfast focus on transparency, sustainability, and service, we’re transforming our industry for the better to help business leaders like you boost revenue and growth. And, by creating a culture where our employees have a voice, we allow new ideas and innovation to flourish.See How We're Different
Our company takes root as Max Shapiro, Bruce’s grandfather, begins his one-man horse-and-wagon operation.
All in the family.
Melvin Shapiro joins his father Max in operating the business. The Shapiro family begins working out of a friend’s warehouse. Fun fact: many years later, Bruce would allow this same friend’s son to share warehouse space!
Putting down roots.
Shapiro moves into our first permanent location at 2937 Sheridan Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri.
Operations level up.
Forklifts are introduced at the Shapiro scrap yard. Prior to 1959, all scrap was handled manually and moved with wheelbarrows. Melvin Shapiro brings in Stan Dobkin to help run the business.
Passing it on.
Melvin Shapiro passes away, and Irv Shanke, Bruce’s uncle, takes over company operations. Bruce Shapiro begins working in the business and his vision for the future begins to develop.
Changing of the guard.
Bruce’s mother, Ceal Shapiro, makes a substantial investment in the business. Bruce Shapiro, along with Stan Dobkin, take over company leadership. Ceal also pitches in at the company handling the administrative work.
Taking the show on the road.
Shapiro’s first outside salesperson joins the organization and begins selling Shapiro’s services on the road.
Making room for growth.
Headquarters relocates to 601 E Red Bud Ave, where the current St. Louis plant still operates today.
Another new generation.
Rick Dobkin joins his father Stan at Shapiro, starting out working in operations at the St. Louis plant.
Technology taking hold.
Company transitions its office operations from handwritten records to computerized records.
El Paso plant opens.
Shapiro opens a plant to better serve customers in the southern U.S. and Mexico.
Another new plant, a whole new market.
Dickson, TN plant opens, and Shapiro begins processing ferrous scrap metal for the first time.
New cities, new materials.
Second Shapiro plant opens in Springfield, Missouri and begins processing steel for the first time.
Fitzgerald, GA plant opens.
A booming RV business creates increased demand for recycling.
Shapiro joins BIR (Bureau of International Recycling), an international organization for recyclers, and gains a global view of the industry and metal markets.
The Great Recession impacts the business as metal prices fall. According to Bruce, “This was a difficult time for business, but a good time to learn lessons.”
McAllen, TX plant opens.
Markets expand in the southern U.S. and Mexico.
Mobile, AL plant opens.
Shapiro expands operations into Mobile in order to better serve a partner generating a large amount of scrap in the area.
New location and new perspectives.
Shapiro opens a plant in Denton. Shapiro also looks outside the scrap industry to hire Chief Operating Officer, Bob Alvarez, who brings years of industrial operations and human resources experience.
Decatur, AL plant opens.
The company continues to grow as markets rebound.
Sales and service team expands to 12 employees in response to the company’s healthy growth.
Transforming the industry.
Shapiro continues to innovate, drive transparency, and create opportunities for its partners and employees in the recycling industry.
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