Harry Mallin grew up searching the Missouri countryside for scrap in a horse drawn covered wagon. He went on to be the founder of Mallin Junk Company in 1928. Handling everything from bones and bottles to metal and rags, Harry coined the slogan, “We are not undertakers, but we deal in remains.” In 1946, Harry’s younger brother, Joe Mallin returned home from serving in the armed forces and joined his brother in business, establishing Mallin Brothers Company, Inc.
In 1953, Harry’s son, Larry Mallin became the second generation to contribute to the family business. Twelve years after joining Mallin Brothers, Larry pursued the idea of the then “new and unpopular” wire chopping industry. At the time, burning insulation off the wire was the only way to recycle and recover the metal. Making the process easier and enhancing the value of wire, Mallin Brothers became one of the first wire chopping facilities in the nation.
Larry’s son, Jeffrey Mallin, joined Mallin Brothers in 1981 becoming the third generation to enter the family business. Jeffrey has worked alongside his father to streamline operations and efficiencies, create new opportunities for growth and profitability by diversifying into plastics recycling, creating a recycling consultation program and creative marketing.
Today, Mallin Companies is an established leader in the wire recycling industry and has proudly welcomed the fourth generation, Zach Mallin, son of Jeffrey, to the family business.