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Frustration Leads to Electronics Recycling Business

Allen Peltzman
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

When you have an old, broken computer or other piece of electronics that doesn’t work anymore, you’re not supposed to throw it away.  You are supposed to recycle it.  But that means finding a drop-off place or waiting for a local electronics recycling event offered by your city or county.  Our next guest thought there must be a better way so he started his own electronics recycling company.

Mike Switzer interviews Allen Peltzman, founder of Allen Recycling in Columbia, SC.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.