Michelle Coffino, owner of Queen City Metal Recycling & Salvage, is using her business to give back to the community in many ways. We had a chance to talk with Michelle to find out more about Queen City Metal Recycling & Salvage and all of the wonderful things she is doing right here in Charlotte!
Charlotte Business Resources (CBR): To start, tell us a little about yourself.
Michelle Coffino (MC): I am originally from Michigan, but have lived in North Carolina since the early 90s. Besides being the owner of Queen City Metal Recycling & Salvage, I am a single mother of triplets! I have also been a hairstylist for over 30 years. I am passionate about helping others succeed and about giving back to my community. I want to set a positive example for my children about giving and receiving.
CBR: So what exactly is Queen City Metal Recycling & Salvage?
MC: Queen City Metal Recycling & Salvage, LLC is the only 100% woman owned full service metal recycling company in the southern region! We have been in business since 2013. Queen City accepts any scrap metals and electronics. Some of the things we can recycle that people don’t always think about are:
- Pots and Pans
- Metal Bowls
- Cars, Trucks, Buses
CBR: How did Queen City get its start?
MC: I reached a place in my life where I wanted a challenge so I decided to step out of my comfort zone! In 2013, after years of being a hairstylist and owning/operating my own salon and spa, I decided to make a change. I opened Queen City Metal Recycling & Salvage — a 4.5 acre yard that receives thousands of tons of metal each month.
CBR: Do you have advice for new businesses?
MC: The best advice I can share is give it 100% because you believe!!
CBR: How can other businesses take advantage of your business?
MC: By using Queen City Metal as a vendor, many companies could possibility take advantage of the diversity credits that are available when they work with a 501c3, WOSB, DBE, HUB and CBI certified company.
Companies can also contact us to find out about a new revenue stream that may be available to them. They will find out from us what they are currently throwing away but could be recycling!
MC: By having a daughter diagnosed with a mental illness, I saw first-hand the high costs associated with treatment, as well as the lack of places to turn to for help. This was a strong reason for me to form a 501c3. The not-for-profit 501c3 is called Queen City Metal Recycling Salvage Inc. The cars, electronic scrap, or scrap metal donated to this non-profit foundation goes to support mental illness, and the Second Chance program.
The Second Chance program assists in employing formerly incarcerated people back in to the workforce. Many people that are or who have served jail time are mentally ill, so this again supported my desire to help that segment of the community. I am hopeful that this program helps give people a new way to live their life!
Queen City Metal has just launched a new program in Charlotte that allows us to partner with local schools called Recycle for the Children. This program gives a portion of the money from a school’s recycling back to the school. In this program, the school that raises the most money in a 90-day period will receive a scholarship from Queen City Metal that will provide a student with an opportunity for growth and education. Charlotte Latin was our first school and we are hopeful that CMS will be participating soon.
CBR: Would you change anything about your business if you could go back to the beginning?
MC: I WOULD NOT CHANGE ONE THING! I believe in our mission—it’s all about what you give!
CBR: Do you have any plans for the future?
MC: Queen City Metal plans to help educate the next generation on the benefits of recycling!
You can learn more about the company by watching this video:
Thank you Michelle for taking the time to talk with us! If you want to learn more about Queen City Metal Recycling & Salvage, give Michelle a call at 704.332.9752, visit their website or “Like” them on Facebook.