Our Vision: Customers always come first – that’s our philosophy. We work with our customers toward the same goals: increased revenues, great service, and integrity. Unlike many recycling companies, we strive to make money by increasing your revenues!
Experience has proven that our success is consistently the result of our excellent service, so as our customer, your interests always come first.
Our History: Founded in 1914 as a rag and scrap paper sorting operation in St. Louis, we expanded into the national brokerage business in the 1940′s. By the 1950′s, Federal was helping some of the nation’s largest printers market their recyclables. During those years, we were known as a company where honesty and integrity always came first.
During the 1960′s, Federal became a leader in the foam trading, recycling, and manufacturing businesses. Over the next 20 years, we built companies in England, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Puerto Rico, Nigeria, Uganda, Italy, Canada, and the United States. Today our foam division still owns plants throughout the U.S. and Europe and remains the leading marketing company of scrap foam for recycling.
By 1980, Federal’s Recycling division grew to become the premier waste paper marketing company for printers, box shops, grocery distribution, and convertors. We also acquired recycling plants and helped others build plants by providing equipment and material marketing.
We have over 95 years of exceptional service, great prices, and intgrity in everything we do. Call us today to learn more!
Federal Today: We employ over 350 people worldwide, and last year our revenues exceeded $135 million. Our Foam Division operates facilities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Holland, Belgium, and Italy – each one manufacturing foam parts and products. Additionally, they market scrap foam throughout the world as a raw material in carpet underlay.
Our Recycling Division, based in St. Louis, MO, has sales offices in Minnesota and Texas and recycling plants in Missouri and Texas. We service customers throughout all of North America – from Vancouver and Maine to Miami and Los Angeles. Our partnerships with local recycling plants allow us to service all of your recyclables throughout the U.S. and Canada.
We have the highest credit rating offered to a company of our size by Dun & Bradstreet.
Steve Tucker has 30 years of finance and operations leadership experience in waste and recycling, manufacturing, and service industries. Steve started his career with Ernst & Young, a Big 4 accounting firm, and is a CPA. He has negotiated numerous M&A transactions and is experienced helping growth-oriented multi-site businesses succeed.
Steve leads the administrative functions for the company and manages operations for the waste consulting division. He understands the value of fostering win-win relationships with business partners, customers and suppliers and strives to utilize Federal’s strong financial position and entrepreneurial spirit to provide creative solutions for its growing partner relationships.
Claire Newton has developed exceptional skills over the past 21 years with Federal – not only in accounting and customer service, but in managing supply and marketing material as well. In her current roll as CFO, she manages all aspects of our accounting and customer service. Her ability to develop strong processes is one of the keys to our outstanding customer service, prompt payments, and strong collections management.
Claire has successfully implemented our E-Service – which allows 24 hour access to any information our customers could want. This information is available for download in Excel, or can be put into a customized format.
Born and raised in Patagonia Argentina, Edgardo Wente has spent the last 25 years as one of the premier marketers of waste paper in the Southwest U.S. and Central America. He has an exceptional understanding of the Mexican markets and has relationships spanning two decades with many of the buyers.
Edgardo managed the marketing of all the recyclables in the Southwest for both Smurfit Stone and BFI during the 90's and supplied to most paper mills in the central SW and Mexico until joining Federal International in 2001 where he further expanded to domestic, Asian and European markets.
Edgardo is fluent in German, Spanish, English and French.
Jim began his career in the solid waste industry in 1978 first as a mechanic then as a front load garbage truck driver. Moving into solid waste sales in 1992 he became a top performer with USA Waste winning the prestigious presidents club award in 1998. He began his recycling career shortly thereafter working for The Peltz Group as a national sourcing broker and then WMRA as the Director of Midwest sales. Now spanning 36 years in the industry, Jim continues his passion for the business by mentoring and developing new talent, developing and implementing new sales tools and marketing Federal as the leader within the industry. – See more at: http://www.federalinternational.com/federal-internationals-100th-anniversary-walk-of-fame/#sthash.mUvnU5dO.dpuf
Sometimes life can take you on an unexpected journey. This is the case for Kendra Kemp. From growing up on horse farms to working in the paper industry, it is no surprise that Kendra is a woman of many hats. Kendra has played a crucial role in the development and growth of Federal’s recycling facilities in both Jefferson City and St. Louis.
After 11 years working in 3 different paper mills, Kendra worked her way up to become Federal International’s Missouri regional manager. Nearly 10 years later, Kendra has shown dedication to Federal’s core values. She is a team player who always works to please her customers.
David has over six (6) years of recycling and solid waste industry experience, he has been part of the Federal International team since 2012. He heads the solid waste mitigation department’s analytics and business development. In this role, his primary responsibilities are to analyze all new opportunities and drive revenue through cost mitigation, pricing and contract term negotiations and increased diversion of recyclable commodities.
His attention to detail and analytical approach ensures an in-depth understand of the operational requirements of each opportunity, this means each customer receives a customized program that fits their needs.
Sofia Welsh has over 18 years experience in managing recyclables’ supply from generators at the local and national level as well as buying for a paper mill. Her understanding of the needs faced by suppliers includes the importance of pricing, service, and relationships. She has proven that by excelling at these three items, our suppliers’ satisfaction will always be exceptional.
Her previous positions include mill buyer at the McKinley linerboard mill, National Accounts manager, and regional accounts manager. Sofia speaks Spanish and English and works from our office in El Paso, TX.
Rhonda Pegg brings over 20 years’ of customer service experience to Federal International, joining our team as Customer Service Representative after moving from Charleston, IL. She works from our corporate office, handling supplier and customer accounts from scheduling loads to logistics to processing and handling.
She loves sports, especially baseball and the Cardinals, plays softball, and bowls.
Though I hold an Associate’s Degree in Medical Billing and Coding and credits towards a Healthcare Administration Degree life took me on a journey that landed me in the recycling field. I have 24 years of Customer Service experience including receiving an Exemplary Customer Service award from the late Governor Carnahan. I started with Federal International as a temp in March of 2011 and have learned more in the last 5 years than I could ever imagine. I am currently the Plant Administrator. My favorite part of working for Federal is that it is something different every day. I dispatch and schedule all inbound and outbound loads as well as paying our metals and pallet customers. I do what needs to be done on a daily basis to make sure all of our customers are happy and continue to partner with Federal International as well as striving to find new customers to grow our Jefferson City location.
Bob Boaz has over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, and customer service. His career includes being an account manager for AT&T Yellow Pages as well as Verizon Yellow Pages. Before joining the Federal International team in 2016, Bob worked in material sourcing for a startup company that produced an alternative fuel to coal from non-recyclable post industrial waste materials. In this position, Bob gained valuable skills and experience in helping clients gain “zero landfill” status, reduce waste expenses, and achieve sustainability efforts. By combining his skills and experience with Federal Internationals resources and abilities, he is able to help companies in unique ways.
Bob loves consulting with companies to help them efficiently reach sustainability goals while also improving their bottom line.
Federal International provides customized recycling programs to meet any company’s needs. Our daily goal is to divert more than 90 percent of our customers’ waste away from landfills and always look to recycle the remainder.
We firmly believe in the Four Rs:
Did you know?
One ton of recycled paper can save:
Keeping reusable resources out of landfills goes a long way toward reducing pollution and contributing to a greener world.
Did you know?
In 2010, Americans sent more than 300 million tons of “garbage” to the nation’s landfills. That’s enough to cover the great state ofTexas – twice. Of that amount … 75 percent was recyclable.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
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