Volunteering For Earth Day
April 25, 2013
On Sunday, April 21st, Pacific Steel & Recycling of Spokane, Washington helped the Dishman Hills Conservancy with its celebration of Earth Day! Our branch had a group of 16 employees and family members volunteer to help in the habitat restoration … Continue reading
Great Falls, MT
April 23, 2013
Here in Great Falls, Montana, our team at Pacific Recycling is pleased to announce they have brought back plastics recycling for the community! The branch won’t be paying for plastics, but its change in policy on plastics makes a big … Continue reading
Rapid City, SD
Earth Day in Rapid City
April 23, 2013
Pacific Steel & Recycling of Rapid City, South Dakota took Earth Day to a new level this year! We helped to sponsor renowned environmental advocate and magician Steve Trash to come to Rapid City and perform for local schools to … Continue reading
Why us? That’s a good question. Although it would sound strange to call this section “Why you”, that’s probably a more likely topic. You see, everything we do at Pacific Steel & Recycling has you, the consumer, in mind. Our mission statement even says “…to develop long-term, successful relationships with our customers.” That’s not just lip service.
Pacific is 100% employee-owned. When you do business with your local branch, you’re doing business with a friend or a neighbor. Our success is wholly determined by your success. Being an integral part of the community is important to us, so is helping to make our communities better places to live.
A major contributor to that business practice is how best to serve you. Amenities such as drive-through recycling, pick-up service and roll-off containers all have you in mind. Rest assured Pacific Steel & Recycling will continually strive to meet your needs in the best way possible.
When it comes to steel products, you’ll be “hard-pressed” (a little Pacific humor) to find another company that offers what we do. Our Ag/Livestock products are constructed to meet whatever your need may be. From bull gates to barbed wire, rest assured you’ll get the highest caliber product on the market.
There’s one other thing we’d like to mention: the future.
Not ours as a company, but “ours as a planet.” We are committed to continually pursuing knowledge and practices that lead to more environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible decisions for us, our employees, our families and our children. Protecting our resources is not just doing business, it’s just doing what’s right.
Mission & Vision
Pacific Steel & Recycling is driven by the desire to develop long-term, successful relationships with our customers, vendors, employees, communities and the mills, treating each as a vital business partner.
We strive to:
- Offer superior customer service.
- Maintain neat, well-organized, user-friendly work places.
- Listen and respond to the needs of each business partner.
- Make safety a top priority.
- Treat our employees as our number one asset.
- Uphold the highest levels of integrity, honesty, and ethical behavior.
- Show genuine concern for our communities and contribute to their advancement.
Realizing the full potential of this vision will result in a thriving business that will leave a legacy of achievement not only for future employees but for customers and other business partners as well.
Pacific’s road to becoming a steel and recycling giant began as a one-man operation in Spokane, Wash. Joe Thiebes emigrated from Germany in the 1880s and followed his family’s business tradition of trading hides and furs. Soon, Thiebes sent his son, also named Joe, to the wilds of Montana. And in the early 1920s, the younger Thiebes officially founded Pacific Hide & Fur Depot in Great Falls.
During World War I, the company expanded beyond furs and hides into collecting ferrous and nonferrous scrap. And this scrap metals venture eventually led the firm to branch out in the 1950s into sales of new steel products. The Thiebes family business continued into the third generation, with another son – again named Joe – joining forces with his father as the company steadily opened additional locations under the Pacific Hide & Fur name.
The Thiebes family owned the company and the senior Joe Thiebes continued to serve as chairman of the board until his death in 1988, though he wasn’t involved in Pacific’s day-to-day management. The end of daily family involvement in the business came with the death of the younger Joe Thiebes in 1982. However, Pacific is dedicated to carrying on the Thiebes family tradition of “shooting straight”.
Today, Pacific is an employee-owned corporation with 46 branch offices in Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Colorado, Montana, and Alberta, Canada.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Jeff Millhollin, a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University with Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, began his career at Pacific Steel & Recycling in 1999 as the Assistant Operations Manager. He was promoted to Regional Manager of Boise/Nampa, Idaho in 2001, and accepted the position of Vice President of Scrap Operations in 2007. In September 2011, he was appointed the President and CEO, by the Board of Directors of Pacific Steel & Recycling. He also serves as Chairman of the Board.
His previous experience in the scrap industry was with SimsMetal Management. His duties included postings in Australia, California, and finally in Canada before coming to Pacific in 1999.
Jeff has served as Treasurer and on the Board of Directors of the Association of Idaho Recyclers; President of the British Columbia Chapter of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries; committee member of the Northern California Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industry; a member of the Executive Leadership Exchange in Nampa, Idaho; on the Board of Directors for the Great Falls Rotary Club; Board of Directors for the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation and served on many other community volunteer organizations.
Jeff is married and has two children.
Vice President- Steel Operations
Ed began his career with Montana Steel Company, a steel fabricator in Billings, MT. In 1978 he joined Pacific as a salesperson at the Billings steel branch, becoming manager in 1985. In 1993 he was promoted to Vice President of the Steel Service Center Division at the corporate offices in Great Falls, MT.
Ed has served on Pacific’s Board of Directors since 1991. In addition, Ed volunteered for the Great Falls Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for six years. Currently, Ed serves as a board member for the Great Falls Development Authority and the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art. Ed is also a member of the Uptown Optimist Club.
Ed graduated from Montana State University with a B.S. in Business Management.
Vice President- Scrap Operations
Pat graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Business Management in 1977. He went to work for the State of Utah after college and was a Park Ranger with Utah State Parks & Recreation for 12 years. After obtaining an MBA from the University of Phoenix in 1991 he went to work for Western Coatings, which later became part of Farwest Steel. In 1995 he was promoted to Plant Manager of the Ogden, Utah Facility. In 2000 Nucor Steel Plymouth Division hired Pat as (DSM) District Sales Manager of its intermountain, five Sate territory.
Pat joined Pacific in 2008 as Manager of the Salt Lake City branch and was appointed Vice President Of Scrap Operations in 2011.
Vice President- Business Development
Stuart began his career in steel during high school working as a welder/fabricator for a repair crew. In 1998, he joined Pacific at the Rapid City branch before becoming manager at Gillette in 2002. In 2007 Stuart received his MBA from the University of Mary, North Dakota. Currently he works at the Great Falls corporate offices as the Vice President of Business Development.
Stuart has served on numerous community boards such as the Black Hills Builders Exchange, Dakota Star Credit Union, City of Gillette- Board of Examiners, and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) as the Image Champion of Wyoming. Currently he serves on the Military Affairs Committee of Great Falls and is a member of the Cascade County Planning Commission.
Stuart and his wife Rosie have three children.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
A 1976 graduate of Carroll College with a degree in accounting and economics, Tim began his career with Pacific Steel & Recycling in 2000. Previously he was the Audit Manager at JCCS, Controller at Bison Motor Company and Controller at Energy West.
His past community involvement includes Montana Diabetes Association President and Treasurer, numerous positions with the United Way of Cascade County, Great Falls Food Bank Treasurer, High Plains Development Authority Treasurer and serving as President of the Benefis Foundation Board of Directors. Tim is currently the Treasurer for the Meadowlark Country Club Board and holds a seat on the Loan Review Committee of the Great Falls Development Authority.
Tim and his wife have two children.
Chief Information Officer
Dave has been with Pacific Steel & Recycling since 1981. He previously served as Pacific’s treasurer for 15 years. The treasurer’s duties at that time included supervising both the accounting and computer departments. In 2000, a decision was made to split the oversight of accounting away from the computer department and Dave decided to lead the computer side of the business.
Serving charitable and non-profit organizations in a voluntary capacity is highly recommended at Pacific. In that capacity, Dave has served as director of the Quest International Users Group, a director for the Meadowlark Country Club and currently serves on the Benefis Medical Spectrum, Inc and Benefis Health System board of directors.
Dave, a CPA, graduated from Montana State University with a B.A. in Accounting. He is married and has two children.
Human Resources Manager
Jayne began her career in the industrial rubber goods division of Chardon Rubber and continued at National-Standard Company and Textron Fastening Systems. She has served as a human resources manager since 1984. Jayne joined Pacific Steel & Recycling in 2006.
Jayne has a professional membership with the Society of Human Resource Management. She volunteers as emcee, musician and singer for numerous community functions.
Jayne became certified as a Professional in Human Resources in 1993 and graduated from the University of Phoenix with a B.S. in Business Management.
Pacific Steel and Recycling is committed to pursuing knowledge and practices that lead to more environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible decisions and lifestyles, which help to protect the environment and sustain natural resources for current and future generations. A lead practice in this effort is keeping recyclable material out of our solid waste streams. This is accomplished through trade relationships with communities and the people we serve. This partnership is vital in reclaiming valuable secondary materials for reuse into new products, conserving natural resources and making better use of landfill capacity. By purchasing products at the end of their life and processing them back into raw materials, we reduce need for virgin materials, such as iron ore trees and other natural resources. For example:
- Did you know that recycling one automobile conserves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone? In partnership with our customers, we recycle tens of thousands of automobiles each year.
- Recycling one automobile saves the energy equivalent of 500 gallons of gasoline. Annually, with community support, we conserve over a million gallons of this precious resource.
- Recycling aluminum saves 95% of the energy needed to make new aluminum (including bauxite ore and electricity). With local backing, we recycle tens of millions of pounds of aluminum per year.
Beyond energy savings, there are equally significant environmental savings as well, including air emissions, water pollution, water usage and mining waste generation: For example:
- Did you know that for every ton of recycled paper produced (in lieu of raw manufacturing), over 50 pounds of pollution effluent is kept out of the air? In partnership with our customers, we recycle several tons of paper each year.
- Utilizing scrap steel (in lieu of raw manufacturing) reduces CO2 emissions by 58% and reduces water-related wastes by nearly 70%. Annually, with community support, we recycle hundreds of thousands of tonnage of ferrous scrap metal.
- Copper mining wastes constitute the largest quantity of metal mining and processing wastes in the United States. With local backing, we help to eliminate these wastes by recycling over a million pounds of copper per year.
Pacific Steel and Recycling is dedicated to using new innovation and technology in maximizing resource recovery and “clean processing.” With an environmental conscience in mind, we are reducing the operational impact of fluids and contaminants in inflow materials by installing “state of the art” drainage racks and improving housekeeping methods. In addition, we are constantly developing best management practices and instructive policies to prevent pollution, conserve resources and mentor stakeholders on how to pursue and achieve similar results. Together, with our loyal customers, we will continue balancing economic growth and environmental stewardship through an understanding that everything we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. And by “being green”, we’re creating and maintaining sustainability for the conditions under which we and nature exist.
Resources: Earth 9.11.com; EPA.gov; CityofInglewood.com; Recycling-Revolution.com; Institute of Recycling Industries (ISRI).
Pacific Steel & Recycling is 100% employee-owned, meaning when you do business with your local branch, you are doing business with your friends and neighbors. As such, we take pride in supporting our customers by providing quality steel products and processing capabilities as well as a variety of recycling services to fit their needs.
We support local groups and organizations, donating our time, money, and skills to help make our communities better places to live and work. Pacific supports a wide variety of organizations, including, but certainly not limited to:
- Big Brother Big Sisters
- Paris Gibson Square
- Boy Scouts of America
- Meals on Wheels
- Children’s Receiving Home
- Ronald McDonald House Charities
- Montana Meth Project
- Children’s Museum of Montana
- Walleye Unlimited
- Ducks Unlimited
- Rodeo Teams and Associations
- Special Olympics
- Boys and Girls Clubs
- Center for Mental Health
- C.M. Russell Museum
- John William Jackson Fund
- Food Banks
In addition to supporting these groups, Pacific also supports a number of events and fundraisers for local causes.