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Founder Gerry Rains

Gerry Rains

Gerry Rains

Leaning on his past experience as a QC manager at a consumer health product manufacturer Gerry’s purpose was to establish a contract manufacturing company that assisted other businesses with their outsourcing needs.

 

Company founder Gerry Rains and wife Cherry, started Midway Manufacturing in 1982.

First Contract:Degaussing coils

Manufacturing Starts

Manufacturing Starts

Midway won its first contract to manufacture degaussing coils for Tabuchi Electric Co. of Jackson, TN, who then sold their products to television manufacturers Sharp® and Sanyo®. These coils went into millions of televisions around the world.

Midway Manufacturing Inc. -1982Midway, TN

Humble Beginnings

Living and working out of a small five room farmhouse that belonged to Cherry’s grandfather, Aldon Edwards. Cherry’s mother Eldridge Edwards loaned her truck for Midway’s first deliveries and was one of the first employees at the new company.

 

Garage Addition 1983

Six months later the company quickly outgrew their small house while trying to keep up with customer demand.

 

Plans were made to expand by adding on a garage to increase production and to accommodate the ten new employees by building a break-room and a office above the garage.

After setting up production inside the owner’s garage, the small company started to grow faster and other contract opportunities became available.

1984 Gadsden, TNOld high school building

Midway Mfg. Moves to Gadsden, TN

As the company began to flourish, the need for additional space was necessary. Midway leased a 4,000 sqft space inside the retired Gadsden, TN High School building. It was there they started the assembly of typewriters, keyboards, microwaves, photo albums,  office products, and expanded the manufacturing of degaussing coils. Sales that year exceeded $500,000.

Recycle Inc. 1989Bells, TN

Recycle Inc. is Incorporated.

In early 1989 Gerry Rains decided to move the company from Gadsden, TN to Bells, TN and built a new warehouse and manufacturing facility located alongside the newly constructed Hwy 412.

He formed the company Recycle Inc, to handle returns, including the sorting, inspecting and repacking for a variety manufacturers producing consumer products.

1989 Regulatory Approval GrantedState of Tennessee

Aerosol Recycling Gets The Green Light

Aerosol Recycling Gets The Green Light

State of Tennessee approves Recycle Inc. methods of aerosol can recycling

1989 - 1991

Pioneering Aerosol Recovery

Recycle Inc. creates a new system that is leading the aerosol industry into its next phase -total recovery of aerosol products.  The only system in the country that recycles aerosol products without generating hazardous waste.

1992Aerosol Line Expansion

Aerosol Line Expansion

Aerosol Line Expansion

Phase two is completed. A second aerosol recycling machine was built to expand and increase aerosol recycling production.

1993Discovery Channel "Today's Environment"

Discovery Channel Spotlight

This historic video was produced by the Discovery Channel network television show “Today’s Environment” in 1993 and is showcasing the recycling process at that time.

 

Recycling 100% of aerosol cans: Liquid, Propellant, Plastic, and Metal are all recovered and recycled for use.

1993 Environmental Stewardship AwardTennessee 1993

Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award

Recycle Inc. wins the Tennessee Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award – For helping its customer with Hazardous Waste Reduction of aerosol cans

1996 Founder Gerry Rains Passes

Founder Gerry Rains

Founder Gerry Rains

Founder Gerry Rains passed away in 1996, but his legacy lives on. To this day, Recycle Aerosol remains the leader in the aerosol waste industry due to his vision and leadership.

1996 Cherry Rains becomes President and CEO of Recycle Inc.

Cherry Rains

Cherry Rains

Wife Cherry Rains succeeds Gerry Rains as President and CEO of Recycle Inc.

1998 Company Renamed Recycle Aerosol, LLC

Rebranding

Recycle Aerosol Logo

Company name changed from Recycle Inc to Recycle Aerosol, LLC.

2011 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship AwardHonorable mention

Governor’s Environmental Stewardship

Governor’s Environmental Stewardship

2011 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award – Waste Reduction of Customer’s Aerosol Can Hazardous Waste

2011 Rising Star AwardTSBDC Award on behalf of Governor Haslam

Rising Star Award

2011 Rising Star Award

CEO Cherry Rains awarded the 2011 Rising Star Award on behalf of Governor Haslam TSBDC

2012 Aerosol Recycling ExpansionBells, TN

Plant Expansion

Plant Expansion

In 2012, Recycle Aerosol finished construction on a new Aerosol Processing Facility. The new facility increases processing capacity to 270,000 cans a day, giving it the largest capacity in North America.

2012 Rosie Award winnerWaste & Recycling News

President Wins Rosie Award

President Wins Rosie Award

Rosie Award winner in Environmental Management – Waste & Recycling News.

2018 Rains brothers are named Co-CEO of Recycle Aerosol, LLC

Rains Brothers

Rains Brothers

Adam and Noah Rains are named Co-CEO of Recycle Aerosol, LLC

2019 Large Business of the YearCrockett County Chamber of Commerce

Large Business of the Year

Large Business of the Year

36th Annual Chamber of Commerce Membership & Awards Banquet

Since 1989

Pioneering Recycling Since 1989

Since 1989, Recycle Aerosol’s facility in Bells, Tennessee has gone on to recycle tens of millions of aerosol cans over the past 30 years. Reclaiming a variety of commercial and consumer aerosol and non-aerosol products that are deemed unsaleable and removed from the supply chain for a variety of reasons such as off-spec, out of date, damaged, or seasonally-packaged.

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