Wm. Miller Scrap Iron & Metal Co. was built on the reputation of quality local service, honesty and the passion for building strong relationships. At a time when horse and buggy was the main form of transportation, the company began when Louis Miller immigrated to Winona from Russia in the early 1900’s and formed Consumer Tire & Supply Co. They mainly sold tires, but also purchased rags, paper and scrap metals and sold them for recycling purposes. Louis’ son William and his wife Esther separated from Consumer Tire & Supply Co. in 1950 and formed Miller Salvage and Supply Co., which was located at 222-224 West Second Street in Winona. Miller Salvage became Wm. Miller Scrap Iron & Metal Co. in 1955 and continued in the ferrous and non-ferrous scrap business.
In the early 1960′s Miller Scrap expanded their scrap recycling operation into the garbage and roll-off dumpster business along with a small mixed solid waste (MSW) transfer station. In the early 1970′s Miller Scrap purchased 10 acres of industrial land from the Winona Port Authority and moved its entire operation to the current location at 1252 Trempealeau Drive.
Today, the fourth generation of Miller’s along with 20 employees are involved in a recycling operation that includes balers, shredders, shears, cranes, excavators, trucks, loaders as well as various types of other equipment. They also operate a licensed mixed solid waste and construction & demolition transfer station.
Miller Scrap’s growth has been made possible by maintaining and building a reputation of quality service, honesty, strong relationships and dedicated employees. The Miller’s are proud to be a family owned and operated business that dates back to 1910.
Miller Scrap still does business with many companies that they have been dealing with for over 50 years, many without any written contracts, only Miller Scrap’s good word and the other company’s good word.