The Schapiro family has been a leader in the recycling industry for over 100 years. In 1907 Solomon Schaprio immigrated with his young family to Baltimore, Maryland from the city of Lemberg, in the old Austria-Hungarian Empire. A prosperous wool merchant in the Old Country, Solomon started over in the United States in the “junk business” and family lore tells of him on a horse and buggy traveling Baltimore’s streets, collecting everything from scrap metal and paper to bottles and rags.
The latter ended up being the item that built the family legacy. Over the years, the Schapiro family focused on and became world-recognized leaders in the textile recycling industry. The Schapiro family name has become known in the industry for expertise, integrity, and reliability.
Today, the family business, now called Whitehouse & Schapiro, is still based in Baltimore, Maryland and is headed by Solomon’s great-grandson William Schapiro, an industry leader, who carries on the family’s longstanding tradition and reputation while expanding and adapting the company to the ever-changing modern marketplace.
At the heart of the company has been a commitment to developing enduring and meaningful relationships. The notion of family extends beyond the Schapiro family. Employees’ families are in second and third generations with the company. Suppliers and customers become intimate members of the Whitehouse & Schapiro network as the company serves as a long-term partner, often supporting and investing to strengthen them, building connections that last for many years.