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About Us

 

Our Approach

 

Joseph and Company is a family owned and operated business that has been serving the local community since its founding in the year 1880. Throughout our history, we have been committed to the core values of accountability, integrity, and respect. This, together with a strong reputation for fairness and personalized service, has allowed us to form strong relationships with our customers. Today, we are as determined as ever to become the most trusted name in the region for scrap metal recycling and waste management.

 

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Our Business

 

We recycle and pay top market prices for all types of ferrous and non-ferrous metals and alloys. We also offer a full range of services for your waste removal requirements. Our experience, equipment and capabilities allow us to offer efficient, flexible, and cost-effective solutions for your scrap metal recycling or waste management needs.

 

Our Customers

 

We offer scrap metal recycling and waste management solutions to all types and sizes of operations from industrial, commercial, government, and not-for-profit organizations to tradespersons, dealers, and individual residents/homeowners. Big or small, we can help you determine the best way to handle your waste or recyclable materials.

 

 

Your Benefits     

convenience        cost savings        peace-of-mind


 

Mission & Values

 

Our mission is to create value for our customers by diverting as much non-waste material from the landfill as possible. We are always looking for markets and constantly improving on our process to provide our customers with the best value for their recyclables.

 

Our Values

 

The driving force behind everything we do starts with these three core values:  

Accountability: We take pride in what we do and stand by our actions. 

Integrity:  We play with all the cards on the table. When you work with us, everything will be laid out clearly and concisely so that you know exactly what you’re getting: the best service at the best price.

Respect: We respect and value each and every customer we see every day. 
 

Contact us today to see how we can add value to your organization!

 


 

History

Joseph & Company traces it roots back to 1880, when John Lewis established his business as a second-hand dealer from his premises on Victoria St. N. by Ellen St.  By 1907, his wife was running a second-hand store at 104-6 Kind St. E. (corner of Queen and King today in downtown Kitchener).  This business was then purchased in 1910 by Barney Joseph, who had recently emigrated from Poland and continued the operation from the Victoria St. N. location.

 

A visionary entrepreneur, Barney laid the foundation for the future success of Joseph & Company, expanding its recycling business.  This growth required additional help and Barney’s brother Isaac and cousin Isadore Norris joined in the 1930’s, eventually purchasing the company from Barney in 1943.  After Isaac’s untimely death a year later, his sons joined, Alex joining in 1945 and after their service in the second world war, Ben and David followed.

 

With a solid management team in place, Joseph & Company experienced tremendous success and growth from the 1940’s to the early 1980’s.  The business was expanded from our Victoria St. location with the acquisition of our ferrous yard on Lancaster St. (which at that time was operated as an Auto Wrecking recycler) and our maintenance facility on Breithaupt St. (which at that point would have been warehousing and storage).  In addition to our ferrous and non-ferrous recycling, Joseph & Company was a major recycler of paper and boxes, bones, glove leather and wool.  Our business reflected the recycling needs of our community.

 

As the early 1980’s approached, a new generation of leaders emerged, with Isaac’s son Max entering the leadership role and David Tsarfati, his cousin, handling the operational management of the company.  During this time, Joseph & Company’s growth centred on its commitment to commercial accounts recycling services as the region’s industrial base grew.  The company further diversified their service offerings as it expanded its solid waste recycling programs.  As the 2000’s approached, there were very few parts of the region that did not have a red bin supporting their recycling program.

 

Our current generation of leadership emerged in the early 2000’s when David’s son Amichai entered the business in leadership role.  Having ‘grown up’ in the business, he has been able to transition the business to meet the modern recycling needs of our customers while keeping the values that have made Joseph & Company the recycler of choice in the Region.  Supported by Ken Norris, his cousin and brothers Efraim and Aaron, the company’s management team has the diversity and depth to spearhead Joseph & Company’s future chapters!

 


 

Our Team

 

Max Norris

 

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Amichai Tsarfati

General Manager

 

Amichai scrapped a career in financial services for a career in scrap.  His experience with both ‘Main Street’ and ‘Bay Street’ ensures that he brings our customers value, integrity and a commitment to service. 

 

His commitment to his business is matched by his commitment to his community, as an active Rotarian and his involvement with many local not for profits.  When he’s not negotiating with the mills, he’s negotiating play time with his children.

 

David Tsarfati

 

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David Tsarfati

Vice-President

 

David’s ingenuity and ‘can do’ attitude ensures that we always have a solution for our customer’s needs.  With over 30 years in the business, there isn’t a lot that he hasn’t seen and is always ready to help. 

 

In addition to being a leader at Joseph & Company, he lends his energy to many local and international charities and non-for-profit organizations.  When David is not crunching steel, he is busy playing with his grandchildren and traveling with his wife.

 

 

Kenny Norris

 

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Kenny Norris

Operations Manager

 

Ken’s focus on detail and hard work ensures that our operations run smooth and our customers needs get met without a hitch.  Whether he is working with the drivers or analyzing metal, Ken has his hands on many aspects of our operations. 

 

Ken’s hands on approach extends to his passionate support of animal welfare through his adoption of rescue dogs.  

 

 

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Paul Richards

Ferrous Manager 

 

Paul’s relaxed approach to managing our dynamic ferrous operations is evident immediately when one observes the cranes pulling loads apart. 

 

He ensures consistent quality is delivered to the mills all the while ensuring that value is given to our suppliers.  When Paul’s steady hands are not on the crane’s controls he is busy with his family and their many adventures.

 

 

Aaron Tsarfati

 

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Aaron Tsarfati

Marketing & Operations Coordinator 

 

Aaron’s smile and laugh are the first things that you will notice when you meet him at our non-ferrous yard.  His ability to bring a fresh perspective to managing our non-ferrous operations will immediately impress you as much as his approach to making sure that all stakeholders are winners when working with him. 

 

When Aaron isn’t shearing copper, he is supporting community projects and enjoys cheering for the Colorado Avalanche.

 

David Tsarfati

 

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Efraim Tsarfati

Business Manager

 

Efraim’s ability to approach unique challenges with innovative solutions ensures that our customers are always getting the best value when working with our team. 

 

His attention to detail ensures that our recycling solutions for your business will not only meet your budget and requirements but most importantly your expectations.  When Efraim computer is turned off he’s enjoying the music scene and jamming on his Fender Telecaster.

 

 

Max Norris

 

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Max Norris

President

 

Max’s experience in recycling and commodities trading dates back to his time in diapers.  With over 80 years of experience in the industry, he is truly a grandfather of recycling in the Waterloo Region. 

 

His passion for his business is only matched by his commitment to his community, being involved with the Optimist’s and other local and international charities.  Although he has hung up his goalie pads several years back, he is active supporter of KW old timers and the Kitchener Rangers.  

   

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