National Recycling, Inc. celebrates opening

Residents in the Isanti County area and beyond have another option to bring their items for recycling.

National Recycling Inc. opening its newly constructed metals recycling retail drop-off center in Cambridge last week, and is owned by Rick Mark and his wife Melissa.

During a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, April 26, NRI Vice President Dave Schoenecker thanked the city of Cambridge, as well as the community, for its support.

National Recycling, Inc. owner Rick Mark and his wife Melissa officially cut the ribbon for the opening of the Cambridge facility on Thursday, April 26. Joining them is Cambridge Chamber Member Bernie Audette and Cambridge Mayor Marlys Palmer (on left) and Chamber President Eric Champion and Chamber Member Karen Muhlhauser (on right). Photo by Rachel Kytonen

“We are excited to be here,” Schoenecker told the large crowd gathered for the ribbon cutting. “We would like to acknowledge Cambridge Mayor Marlys Palmer and all the city staff for the wonderful support you have given us. We would like to also acknowledge City Administrator Lynda Woulfe, Economic Director Stan Gustafson and Cambridge Chamber President Eric Champion for their support. We are thrilled to be here, and we are going to have a successful business here in Cambridge. A lot of people helped us get to where we are today.”

The new Cambridge facility has state-of-the-art scales and convenient drive-thru service, as well as a host of efficient processes to facilitate full service metals recycling. The facility is 45,000 square feet and was constructed by BJ Baas Builders, Inc. of Cambridge. The facility also has a security system, staff offices, and a comfortable customer waiting area.

Schoenecker thanked Mark for his vision.

“Thanks to Rick [Mark] for having a vision and having so many employees between the facility here in Cambridge and Industrial Support Services in Hugo,” Schoenecker said. “We wouldn’t be where we are unless the business has good people behind and next to Rick. We have a lot of great people working for us and have brought a lot of great people on board. We have come a long way and we look forward to the journey ahead of us.”

Schoenecker said NRI has been a life’s work for Mark.

“Rick Mark is really an exceptional person,” Schoenecker said. “Rick, thank you for dedicating your life to these companies and thank you for giving us the chance to have a better economic life.”

Schoenecker noted the economic benefits about bringing NRI to Cambridge.

“We are bringing jobs to the area,” Schoenecker noted. “When we advertised in the local newspapers we received nearly 1,000 applications. We have hired 15 people so far, and we will be successful and have a need to hire more good people.”

After customers turn in their items, they receive their cash payment on site.

“Not only are we bringing needed jobs to the area, but every person who works with us will leave with their cash in hand to spend with the local businesses in the area,” Schoenecker said. “We hope to bring an economic lift to the Cambridge area.”

Schoenecker explained a full-time environmental engineer was hired for the project and NRI is the first fully environmental friendly scrap company in the state of Minnesota.

Schoenecker gave much credit to the NRI staff, as well as its customers.

“We would like to thank our NRI customers,” Schoenecker said. “We wouldn’t be here and this would not be possible without our customers. Thank you for being an NRI business partner.”

Mayor Palmer said it has been exciting watching the NRI building being built.

“This is exciting for the Cambridge Opportunity Industrial Park to see this building go up in our community,” Mayor Palmer said. “It’s absolutely beautiful and you have constructed an outstanding new facility and we wish you a healthy, warm and sincere welcome to the city of Cambridge.”

Mayor Palmer said the residents are fortunate to have another option for bringing their recycled materials.

“The citizens of Cambridge have been eagerly awaiting for this opening and extend their best wishes for a success recycling partnership with you now and in the future,” Mayor Palmer said. “We would also like to thank NRI for your faith and investment in the community and for the opportunities of employment you have provided.”

Mayor Palmer said the city and NRI has had a good working relationship.

“We thank you for your commitment to the city and for also being good environmental stewards of the community,” Mayor Palmer said. “We look forward to your participation in community events, and being a partner with us in the future growth of the community. In talking with city staff, they said the working relationship with NRI has been really great.”

Metals commodities that are brought to the new Cambridge facility are transferred to companies in the United States for processing and fabrication into final quality metal products, which are delivered around the world.

NRI is a Minnesota-based, family-owned business and has operated in the metals recycling industry for more than two decades.

National Recycling, Inc. is located at 1505 11th Ave. NE, in the Cambridge Opportunity Industrial Park, and can be reached at 651-407-0092. More information can be found at