Large brown building with shipping and receiving docks at Quincy Recycle location in Chicago, IL

Major Upgrade to Chicago-area Plant

We’re hearing freight drivers are extremely happy with the improvements to our Chicago-area plant. Why?

Easier and quicker scaling and unloading due to a major upgrade to our Alsip, IL facility.

The two key factors:

  1. A new drive-on, drive-off scale
  2. A vastly larger staging and unloading area

Where previously drivers had to back off after weighing in, now there’s a clear, direct path to a drive-on, drive-off scale.

Once off the scale, drivers are in a large, paved staging area able to handle several tractor-trailers preparing to unload.

From there it’s a direct path to the 27 dock doors available for loading and unloading.

Quincy Recycle purchased the land adjacent to our loading area and created a wide, open, and paved area for the scale and staging.

This investment in our paper and plastic recycling facility in Chicago is part of a continuous improvement program. We look for ways to improve efficiencies and reduce friction. This means increased profits for our suppliers, customers, freight partners, and ourselves. A true win-win for all involved.

Employee Spotlight: Chad Crawford

“When I think of Chad Crawford and how he has impacted our business and culture, I think of two Core Values by the way he lives, works, and conducts himself – One Team One Dream One Family and Commit, Be Tenacious, & Compete to Win,” said Kurt McLaughlin, VP of Sales & Marketing.  Chad believes in the success and accomplishments in his team and the Company before anything else.  Since the CDR plant and team is fairly new and still learning they still show up every day under his leadership with the #1Team1Dream1Family mindset they have thrived and flourished.

Due to Chad’s entrepreneurial attributes and competitiveness, the Cedar Rapids team has been one of the fastest growing teams in the Company due to their willingness to #Commit, Be Tenacious,  & Compete To Win attitude every day of the week.  We are a highly successful business in IA due to Chad’s leadership and his highly talented team.

 

When did you start with Quincy Recycle?

February 2018

What was your job title when you started?

General Manager

What is your current title?

General Manager

If you had to pick one, which Core Value is your favorite and why?

One Team, One Dream, One Family. This sums up our Company’s culture perfectly. We win, lose and learn, as a team, and that’s why we’ve been successful. While we certainly like to compete against each other, at the end of the day, everyone here wants their teammates to be successful.

What was the most challenging thing to learn in your roles?

Just the recycling industry in general. It was all new to me when I started, and I quickly realized how fast market demand, economic factors, etc. can change. We have to constantly adjust and adapt our approach to ensure we’re offering the best solutions to our customer and vendor base. This is also what makes the job so fun, never a dull moment!

What was the most surprising or fun thing to learn?

It’s been really cool to visit our many different customers and see first-hand how the recycled materials we provide them get converted into everyday products that you see in stores, restaurants, hotels, etc.

What’s your favorite part about working at Quincy Recycle?

I love that we’re given the freedom to operate with an entrepreneurial spirit. We are not afraid to try new things and possibly fail at them. We learn, adapt and usually find a better way forward because of this freedom. We don’t follow the play book at Quincy Recycle. We create our own.

What would you like prospective employees to know about Quincy Recycle?

I couldn’t imagine working for a better company. If you’re a high-performing, team-first, problem-solver then this is the place for you!

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

I love to spend time with my family and try to sneak in a round of golf when I can.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever read or received?

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. We are in charge of our attitudes.” Charles Swindoll

If you had to pick a song to portray the culture of Quincy Recycle, what would it be and why?

Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

 

Employee Spotlight: Dan Parker

Dan Parker serves as an ALC (Account Logistics Coordinator) in our West Bend location. When asked about Dan, General Manager Marshall Harting said, “Dan has been a lifelong friend and someone I have always been able to count on to help with any task.  Five years ago he joined my team in West Bend and has brought that same mentality from day one.  He is always willing to go above and beyond his specific job duties and takes great pride in helping fellow team members be successful.  Dan is the embodiment of what it means to be a great teammate; all you have to do is ask any one on our team!” It’s easy to see that Dan embodies our Core Values and is a tremendous asset to the team!

 

When did you start with Quincy Recycle?

March 2019

What was your job title when you started?

Account logistics coordinator

What is your current title?

Account logistics coordinator

If you had to pick one, which Core Value is your favorite and why?

One Team One Dream One Family– This is my favorite core value because of the way I came into Quincy West Bend. We were a whole new team and learning together. We had a leader that made us a family.

What was the most challenging thing to learn in your roles?

Think the most challenging thing of learning the roll was to handle the day with all the ups and downs and still make sure all the I’s were dotted and T’s were crossed in Rimas.

What was the most surprising or fun thing to learn?

When I started i knew as much about recycling as any home owner with a recycling bin. I loved learning about all the different paper grades and commodities. Had an amazing person sit down with me and take his time explaining everything he could in the two hours we had. Since then I have made sure to go out and see every new item we bring in. It is always changing as the team brings in new accounts.

What’s your favorite part about working at Quincy Recycle?

The team/family I get to work with everyday. Our team in West Bend has such a family feel to it. May not always agree with each other but that leads to some of the best out comes because we work together. And our family has extended to our Wisconsin team. Great group of people just up the road that is always there to help or bounce ideas off. Plus six other teams i can call at anytime.

What would you like prospective employees to know about Quincy Recycle?

That you have a team behind you and a new family. Doesn’t matter what roll you have you matter to the team. I have never felt that so much any where else.

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

In my free time I love watching my son Weston play sports and practicing with him. Also enjoy hanging out with friends, hiking and being outdoors.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever read or received?

I have two, one that has stuck with me for years and one that I read a few years back. To make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful, or perfect. You have to care. My happiness is my reflection on the suffering during my journey and knowing that I never quit nor was I guided by anybody on this earth.

If you had to pick a song to portray the culture of Quincy Recycle, what would it be and why?

Good Day by Forrest Frank

Photo of Kelsey Hayes and her husband at the beach

Employee Spotlight: Kelsey Hayes

Kelsey Hayes truly owns her role as our Financial Controller and the respective scope of responsibilities she and her team share in ensuring the accuracy of our financial data and the integrity of our processes and transactions.  She has a thirst for knowledge and understanding in all aspects of our business, and she is committed to learning and continuous improvement.  In the 18 plus months that she has been our Financial Controller, Kelsey has built a strong, balanced, and dynamic team where voices are heard, strengths are leveraged, and internal controls are protected. Phil Hildebrand said of her, “Kelsey’s determination, sense of urgency, and high orientation for detail give me confidence that our team is on top of the day-to-day activities with a focus on making it easy for our vendors and our customers to do business with us.”

When did you start with Quincy Recycle?

July 2017

What was your job title when you started?

Financial Accountant

What is your current title?

Financial Controller

If you had to pick one, which Core Value is your favorite and why?

Alive & Well. Safety is the top priority at Quincy Recycle but this core value also represents work-life balance. I am happy to work for a company that values me as a person and wants to see me succeed in all facets of life.

What was the most challenging thing to learn in your roles?

Learning a new accounting system and the recycling industry in general was challenging during my first few years at Quincy Recycle. As my role has changed over the last 6 years, I have been continually challenged in new ways and never know when a new learning moment will arise.

What was the most surprising or fun thing to learn?

I am constantly amazed by the amount of companies Quincy Recycle works with. I think it is fascinating to walk into a store and recognize companies/brands of products on the shelves that I have worked with in my role at QRP.

What’s your favorite part about working at Quincy Recycle?

The people and the ability for unlimited growth.

What would you like prospective employees to know about Quincy Recycle?

Hard work does not go unnoticed at Quincy Recycle. If you put in the time, effort, and energy, you will realize great things at this company.

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

Spoiling my 8 nieces & nephews, playing volleyball year-round, and traveling! My husband and I are going on an Alaskan cruise this Summer!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever read or received?

Keep the mentality “If it is to be, it is up to me”. If you want something in life, you are the only one that can make it happen!

If you had to pick a song to portray the culture of Quincy Recycle, what would it be and why?

We Are Family” by Sister Sledge