As appeared in Recycling Today (3/20/2009 9:21:54 AM), Winning Combination by Jackie Gubeno
Dallas-based Texas Recycling/Surplus’s scrap industry roots may only reach back to the early 1980s, but the high-grade paper recycler has established itself as a prominent player in the market in that time. Many people assume that brothers Joel and Craig Litman, like many of their recycling industry colleagues, grew up in the business. And while the brothers have spent the better part of their adult lives in recycling, both started their careers on very different paths, as did their father, Stan, who got his start in the scrap paper industry in 1980.
After years of grueling travel as a sales manager for a large industrial chemical company, at 52 years old, Stan Litman decided he’d had enough, Joel recalls. While on sabbatical, Stan met a man who ran a paper and rag business in Dallas. Intrigued, Stan spent some time at the company and decided to try his hand in scrap. He ultimately purchased Daltex Waste Material Co., which provided the foundation for Texas Recycling/Surplus.