The Albert Bros., Inc. Recycling History and Story
In 1891 Nathan and Lewis Albert came to Waterbury, CT from their native country of Lithuania. Traveling by horse and wagon throughout the Connecticut countryside, they began their livelihood by selling tin goods and buying scrap metal. In 1895, the Albert brothers began their own scrap yard. Like many immigrants before and since, they had the entrepreneurial spirit to seize newly presented opportunities.
In 1917 Albert Bros. moved to Judd Street in downtown Waterbury to a 5,000 square foot building on 2 acres. As Waterbury continued its industrialization and reputation as the “Brass Capital of the World”, trucks and cranes with magnets replaced brute strength and horses. In 1919, 14 year old Sidney, Nathan’s oldest son, entered the family business. Ten years later he became president of the company at the passing of his father. During Sidney’s era, the company was revitalized by his hard work and his long hours. As his father before him, he made integrity and customer service a hallmark of the business. In 1958, Sidney’s older son Burt, entered the business and for the next three decades, Burt devoted his energy toward expanding the processing of industrial scrap. The company continued to grow becoming one of the most well respected companies in the region.
Spending 50+ years on Judd Street, Albert Bros. survived both the Great Depression, the 1955 flood, and many other setbacks including the slow demise of the brass industry. Despite these challenges, the company continued to prosper and eventually outgrew the Judd Street location. Albert Bros. moved to its present location on East Aurora Street in 1971 which today comprises over 100,000 square feet and 21 acres of processing and storage area.
The 1980’s brought the fourth generation of Alberts into the business. Eric, Burt’s oldest son, joined the company in 1985 and Jonathan followed two years later. Today, Eric serves as President and Jonathan serves as Executive Vice President. Under their leadership, the company, along with one of the most experienced and professional group of employees in the industry, has grown and expanded with an ongoing commitment to invest in both its people and in ongoing capital improvements. This includes continuous training for all employees and the purchasing of state-of-the-art equipment such as shearing machines, balers, briquetters, cranes, material handlers, loaders and analyzers. As a result, they have reached far beyond New England to serve manufacturers throughout the country and now provides high quality scrap materials for recycling to customers around the world.
Our Vision stems from our History:
- Provide the highest level of customer service available.
- Commit to fair market pricing and prompt payment.
- Continue to seek ways to provide cost savings, which we can pass along to our customers.
- Adhere to the highest standards of integrity.
- Adhere to the highest standards of safety.
- Adhere to the highest standards of environmental compliance.
Albert Bros., Inc. strives to be a solid citizen. We are proud to be an active part of the community through employee involvement and by lending our direct and financial support to a wide variety of civic organizations and causes.
Year Founded: 1895
Location: Waterbury, CT
Product / Service: Industrial and Retail Scrap Metal Processing and Recycling