History




It all started with my grandfather, Jacob Solotken—a Russian immigrant who, at 15 years old, began recycling paper, cardboard, rags and metals in 1914. 

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Even as a boy, my grandfather displayed a remarkable work ethic: He’d work diligently from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m., and then immerse himself in his studies, laboring to master English and assimilate into the local culture. And so J. Solotken and Company and my grandfather’s legacy began.

I grew up following him around, soaking up his knack for business and a deep love of our Jewish heritage, whose values still impact how we conduct our business today.

Nearly 100 years later, four generations of our family have catered to the needs of the most demanding scrap metal suppliers and consumers many of whom remain with us since our founding.



Our specialty? Purchasing, grading and processing 
industrial and wholesale scrap metals at competitive prices. We’ve earned our spot as a leader in the scrap metal industry, and we’re well-equipped to help you realize more value for your scrap.

 




In early 2010, we moved into our new, 140,000-square-foot facility, equipped with energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly processes to help serve you better, faster and at greater value all while protecting the environment.

Imagine having a scrap metal advocate routinely looking for ways to increase your scrap value through century-old expertise and old-time values. Better yet, experience it for yourself.

My grandfather believed in leading by serving, and treating suppliers and consumers like family. So do we.

We’ll put the same values and expertise that built our business to work for yours. We look forward to growing with you.

Leo Selig, a Solotken family member, contributed much during 
his valued 52 years as Executive Vice President. Leo was recognized 
by his peers and served as President of the National Association
of the Secondary Materials Industry.

Wishing you much success,


Joseph M. Alpert
President, J. Solotken & Co.