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THINK Business with Jon Dwoskin

Jun 24, 2019

Michael Bassirpour is on a mission to become the largest metal recycler in the Midwest, and he’s making moves in the right direction. Since taking the helm of GLR in 2014, Bassirpour has expanded the family-owned firm from one site and 40 employees to six sites and over 100 employees.

He attributes his success to humble beginnings that helped him forge a strong work ethic. Driven by the grit that elevated him from scrapping amateur to top brass, Bassirpour hopes to eventually be in all major cities in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana with at least 1,000 employees.

“I guess some people operate like, ‘I hope this works,’ and some people operate like, ‘This has to happen,’” he said. “You grind, you hustle and you treat people with respect, honesty and dignity and do what you say you’re going to do, and that goes a long way.”


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