In the aftermath of the Great Recession, a local business owner is battling back, not just to survive, but indeed to thrive.
Businessman Matt Wierman launched "Secure Recyclers" right around the same time the Great Recession started six years go.
His company, located in Lincoln, recycles computers and other electronic equipment tossed out by local companies, including banks, hospitals and legal firms. He has hundreds of clients.
"We de-manufacture everything right here in our facility...," Wierman told 1011 News in a recent interview at his warehouse.
What he pulls out of old equipment, like precious metals, he sells to vendors down the e-cycling chain.
But because, Wierman believes, businesses are holding on to their hardware and computers longer, his recycling business, which he began in his own basement, has been feeling the impact.
"We've seen quite a decrease...in the volume of equipment that we receive from companies," he said.
But Wierman, who started the business because he saw a need for it, won't settle for waiting until the economy picks up.
Like so many other businesses, he's knocking on doors, making cold calls, networking...whatever it takes to drum up new clients in a slow economic climate.
"We do a lot of cold calling," he said.
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