Scrap Processors Inc.
With only a pick-up truck, Texas-native Myer “Mike” Silverstein began to collect and sell scrap metal. While cruising through Webster City on the hunt for metal, he saw his opportunity. He bought some land and set-up shop, Webster City Iron & Metal Co.
Through the years, Mike acquires additional property. In 1951, he relocates the business to what is now Scrap Processors, Inc. (SPI), at 505 Seneca Street in Webster City, Iowa.
Mike’s sons, Ben and Kenny, join the team. Together they expand the company to include not just scrap yards, but auto parts and convenience stores, too — all located in Central Iowa.
SPI celebrates 30 years of serving Central Iowa’s scrap- metal-recycling needs.
In the wake of both Mike and Kenny’s retirements, Ben shifts SPI’s focus back to scrap-metal processing and recycling.
Top: The Silverstein family spans four generations.
Bottom: Mike and grandson David at the Des Moines location
Ben retires and his son, David, begins expanding SPI’s services with modern and eco-friendly options, such as demanufacturing and recycling cars and appliances.
After just three years, David grows the business to include a third location devoted to recycling appliances.
Ninety percent of our staff has been with us for 10 years plus.
Top photo: Des Moines staff
Bottom photo: Webster City staff
David’s sons enter the family business by helping out when they are not in school.
Together, with the loyal, hardworking SPI staff, David continues to explore new, innovative and sustainable ways to serve the communities that have supported SPI for over 70 years.
Come visit us at our new and improved facility at 608 SE 30th Street in Des Moines. (Just West of the fairgrounds)