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History

Perhaps the best testament to our sustainable business model is the simple fact that we’ve been around for 130 years. That’s what happens when you take care of people and the environment.

Our Story

   The David J. Joseph Company traces its  roots back to 1863,

when German immigrant Joseph Joseph opened a hide and fur trading business in djj-josephjosephCincinnati, Ohio. Joseph’s brother Samuel soon joined him and The Joseph Joseph and Brothers Company was born. In 1885, when demand for scrap began to soar, the brothers wisely switched from hide and fur trading to scrap metal recycling. Their djj_davidjosephjrbusiness was located on Front Street in Cincinnati. No one could’ve guessed back then that this emerging scrap business would one day be a global leader in scrap recycling.

After Joseph’s death, son David J. Joseph became manager of the company’s entire scrap metal operation. On January 1, 1921, the company was renamed The David J. Joseph Company (DJJ). In 1938, David Joseph, Jr. joined the company, becoming president in 1945. Following David Joseph, Jr.’s vision, the company embraced innovation in management and communications, and steadfast integrity in all business practices.

DJJ is proud to be America’s oldest, full-service scrap recycling company. And we’re proud of our humble roots. Our company was built the old-fashioned way…with loyal customer relationships, smart business sense and hard work. Since the early 1900s, DJJ has played a pivotal role in advancing the American recycling movement. Today, we’re one of the world’sdjj-4-5-1-HQ-1906 largest scrap brokers and recyclers, with 60 scrap recycling facilities and 12 brokerage offices worldwide. Our parent company, Nucor Corporation, is North America’s largest recycler of steel. From those early days on Front Street, we’ve grown to a billion dollars in assets, a strong equity base and no debt. We think Joseph would be proud.

A History of Making History: The David J. Joseph Company

Railroad Spike
1869

Transcontinental Railroad completed

1875

First Kentucky Derby

1876

Telephone patented

Statue of Liberty

1885

Statue of Liberty arrives from France

Wright Brothers

1903

Wright Brothers fly (12 seconds)

Titanic sinks

1912

RMS Titanic sinks

1918

World War I ends

1929

Great Depression begins

1939

Television introduced at New York World’s Fair

World War II ends
1945

World War II ends

First computer
1946

First Computer (30 tons, 5,000
calculations/second)

1954

Polio vaccine invented

1958

The Edsel

1962

John Glenn orbits the earth

First man on the moon
1969

First man on the moon

1975

Watergate
U.S. leaves Vietnam

1976

U.S. Bicentennial

1981

First IBM PC introduced

1984

AIDS virus discovered

Berlin Wall Falls
1989

Berlin Wall falls

1991

DJIA tops 3,000
Gulf War

2000

NASDAQ falls 39%

Berlin Wall Falls
2001

World Trade Center collapse

2004

First commercial suborbital space flight



Berlin Wall Falls
Harvard names first woman President in its 371-year history
Apple debuts the iPhone

2007

Obama President

Global Financial Crisis
Barack Obama elected as first African American U.S. President

2008
2010

Greece Debt Crisis

Libyan crude oil prices rise dramatically causing energy crisis

2011

Berlin Wall Falls
2012

Facebook IPO

Berlin Wall Falls
2013

Nelson Mandela dies at 95

2014

World oil price plunges to historical low

2015

First interest hike since 2008

Berlin Wall Falls
2016

Great Britain exits EU “BREXIT”

1863

Joseph Joseph emigrates from Germany and settles in Cincinnati, Ohio, trading hides and wool.

Joseph Joseph
1885

The Joseph Joseph & Brothers Company focuses on scrap iron.

1904

First sale to American Rolling Mill Co. (AK Steel), Joseph Joseph dies

1905

David Joseph becomes manager of scrap trading

1914

Company has offices in most major cities, plus 7 scrap yards

1921

Joseph Joseph & Company integrated into the David J. Joseph Company

DJJ Exporting
1932

DJJ begins exporting

1938

David J. Joseph, Jr. graduates from Yale and joins the Company.

1945

David J. Joseph, Jr. becomes President. Company has 7 offices and 1 scrap yard.

1948

Senior team of business officers put in place

1950

DJJ has 5 offices and 2 scrap yards

1954

David Joseph, Sr. dies

DJJ first agency account
1956

DJJ’s first agency account established

1960

DJJ has 6 offices, 4 scrap yards

DJJ first shredder
1964

DJJ installs its first shredder in Tampa, FL

DJJ brokerage volume doubles

1970

DJJ’s brokerage volume doubles since 1963
Company has 9 offices, 6 scrap yards

1971

DJJ installs NCR Century 100 computers

1975

Company is sold to SHV Holdings, N.V of Utrecht, The Netherlands

1980

DJJ becomes America’s largest scrap company
NF Division formed
Company has 14 offices, 14 scrap yards

1981

DJJ forms Railroad Equipment Marketing division (now Rail Equipment Group)

1982

U.S. Steel Industry operates at 48% of capacity, but DJJ remains profitable

Centennial
Celebration

1985

DJJ Centennial celebration
DJJ returns to deep sea trading after 45-year hiatus
Quality Department formed (becomes Mill Service Group)

DJJ brokerage volume doubles in 1990

1990

DJJ’s brokerage volume doubles again
Company has 12 offices, 7 scrap yards

1991

David J. Joseph, Jr. honored as a
“Great Living Cincinnatian”

1996

Western Metals Recycling (WMR) LLC formed

1998

River Metals Recycling (RMR) LLC & Trademark
Metals Recycling (TMR) LLC formed
David J. Joseph, Jr. dies

2000

DJJ Metals Group formed. Gemini formed

2001

DJJ Ferro-Alloy Group formed

DJJ brokerage volume doubles in 2002
2002

DJJ’s brokerage volume doubles again
Tampa mega shredder installed

2004

TMR acquires 3 Orlando facilities
RMR acquires Somerset, KY facility

2005

U-Pull-&-Pay, LLC established with purchase of Orlando property
RMR acquires Owensboro, KY facility

2006

U-Pull-&-Pay (UPAP) LLC established in West Palm, FL; Texas Port Recycling (TPR) is formed RMR acquires facilities in Paducah, KY and Metropolis, IL; TMR acquires facilities in Tampa (Ybor) and Sarasota, FL

2007

TPR installs Mega Shredder; RMR acquires facilities in Xenia, OH and Greensburg, IN; U-Pull-&-Pay greenfield stores open in Cincinnati, OH and Orlando, FL; U-Pull-&-Pay acquires stores in Albuquerque, NM, Colorado Springs and Aurora (Denver), CO

2008

Nucor Corporation purchases DJJ
Advantage Metals Recycling (AMR) LLC formed
Metal Recycling Services (MRS) acquired
Opened Hong Kong Office

  DJJ Celebrates
     125 Years

2010

DJJ 125 year celebration
TMR acquires 4 Ocala, FL recycling facilities
Opened Switzerland office

2011

Metals Group opened Phoenix office
TMR opened Sanford, FL and acquired Valdosta, GA recycling facilities

2012

TMR acquired Tampa, Gainesville, and Sarasota, FL recycling facilities
WMR acquired Grand Junction, CO recycling facility
MRS acquired Gastonia and Marion, NC recycling facilities
UPAP acquired Indianapolis, IN and Phoenix, AZ self-serve auto parts stores
AMR acquired Higginsville, MO recycling facility

2013

AMR opened Lawrence KS facility

2014

TMR acquires 5 Tampa FL area recycling facilities
WMR aquires Salt Lake City and Orem, UT recycling facilities

2016


12 District Offices
6 Recycling Regions with 57 facilities
(15 automobile shredders)
Metals Group
Scrap Management
Rail Equipment Group
Ferro-Alloy Group
Gemini
9 U-Pull-&-Pay stores
1,800+ teammates worldwide