In 1912 after arriving with his family in Vancouver, Joseph Yochlowitz began scratching out a living as a junk peddler and backyard scrap dealer. His sons, Daniel and Charlie, soon joined him in his labour and by the 1920’s the family business was established on Main Street as Service Auto Wrecking.
By 1935, 33-year old Daniel Yochlowitz was ready to invest in his own scrap metals shop, independent from his father’s. In 1949 he established ABC Salvage & Metal. In the following two decades, the company expanded to occupy multiple lots on Main Street, Prior Street and Union Street.
From the late 1950’s, Daniel’s sons, Harold and Melvyn, steadily increased their roles in the business, and over time, Daniel passed his values and expertise on to his sons.
ABC purchased its Burnaby property in 1964, relocated in the 1970’s, and began the shift from salvage to recycling. ABC began to amass the volume of materials required to sell directly to steel mills. The leadership of the company gradually passed from Daniel to Harold.
In the 1980’s, competitive pressures were building in the industry and threatening the health of the company. Harold and Melvyn’s sister, Helen, joined her brothers in tackling these new challenges. Thanks to their efforts and the company’s strong relationships with customers, suppliers and financial and legal advisors, ABC successfully weathered the storm.
In 1988, Harold’s son, David, joined the company full time – making him the fourth generation of the Yochlowitz’s to do so. Over the 1990’s the company grew more than fivefold as it developed new markets in non-ferrous materials and the global brokerage arena. Leadership transitioned from Harold to David who raised the level of professional management at ABC. Together with other family members who play important roles in the business – Harold’s son, Mike, Vice President of Operations, and Helen’s daughter, Karen, Manager of Community Relations – he continues to uphold the long-standing values inherited from the company’s founders. ABC has been an active member of Family Enterprise XChange (FEX), a national association providing best practices, tools and resources to support family enterprise in their journey.
Today, ABC has 9 locations throughout British Columbia and Alberta, and a far-reaching network of strategic partnerships, connecting clients from Western Canada to customers around the world.
At ABC Recycling, we strive to treat our people like family. One of our greatest sources of pride is that many lifelong friendships have been formed here through 4 generations.
We don’t just offer a place to work, we offer a career, a chance to build great relationships and a chance to give back to your community.
As we grow, we are committed to developing and advancing the careers of our people regardless of where they start with us and what their training/education is. Many of our current leaders were first discovered as labourers and operators in the yards.
We believe in ourselves and our people. That means following our ABC’s:
Act with integrity – We honour our commitments, and carry ourselves in an ethical and respectful manner.
Bring our best – We challenge ourselves to be industry leaders in safety and customer service. We strengthen our people, our partners and our community.
Commit to our future – We strive for continuous improvement and everyone has a voice in this.
We believe in strengthening the lives of our people and community. Giving back to the community is rooted in our family’s tradition tzedakah, or charity.
Over the past nine years, ABC Recycling and its employees have contributed over $370,000 to United Way. The strong support of employees in our Burnaby, Surrey and Campbell River operations has earned us Spirit Award for Employee Campaign Loyalty in both 2009 and 2010. We are also involved in the United Way’s annual Day of Caring, with ABC employees taking part in work projects at local not-for-profit agencies.
ABC Recycling purchases household, industrial and demolition scrap that might otherwise end up in landfills
or discarded without regard for the environment and process the material in our yards located throughout
British Columbia and Alberta. The recovery, processing and recycling of scrap metals has been the
company’s business for the past 106 years since being founded in 1912.
ABC Recycling accepts materials delivered directly to any one of our locations in BC and Alberta or picked
up through our container services.
ABC Recycling procures material throughout North America for distribution to consumers worldwide. – less