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Investment with Impact

Midwest Fiber Recycling is a family-owned business specializing in the collection, processing, and marketing of recyclable commodities. The company traces its history back to 1990 when current owners Ron and Linda Shumaker responded to a newspaper advertisement which stated, “Local Business For Sale.” Little did they realize they were investing in a company that would have such a large environmental, social, and community impact.

When the Shumaker family purchased Decatur Paper Recycle Company in Decatur, Illinois, the business operated in a small 5,000 square foot building. They employed three full-time employees and only provided recycling services to businesses in Macon County. At that time, the company was recycling 600,000 pounds of material each month.

State-of-the-Art Expansion

In 1995, Decatur Paper Recycle Company moved its operation to a new 25,000 square foot building. This move consisted of not only investing in state-of-the-art equipment, but also allowed for the processing of material to be done inside. This greatly improved the general appearance of the business. The extra processing capabilities and the additional space quickly prompted the expansion of recycling services to companies outside of Macon County.

Decatur Paper Recycle Company purchased Weyerhaeuser Recycling in Normal, Illinois in 2001 and formed Midwest Fiber Recycling--the largest fiber recycling company in Central Illinois. Four years later, in 2005, the company opened a full-service collection and baling facility in Peoria, IL in order to better serve its clients in western Illinois.

New Company Division



Confidential On-Site Paper (C.O.P.S.) is a division of Midwest Fiber which began operations in 2003. This division of Midwest Fiber specializes in a valuable and proven method to securely dispose of your confidential corporate information, as well as employee and client information.

New Company Name


Midwest Fiber

In 2007, Decatur Paper Recycle Company changed its name to Midwest Fiber Recycling. The growth of the company has been beyond what Ron and Linda Shumaker ever anticipated. Their sons, Mike and Todd Shumaker, now play vital roles in the family business. Mike serves as the Chief Operating Officer, while Todd is the Director of Sales and Marketing.

Single-Stream Recycling


In 2011, the company grew exponentially with the construction of a new $8 million state-of-the-art single-stream Materials Recovery Facility at its Normal, Illinois location. The single-stream expansion enabled the company to increase participation and make recycling easier for its Central Illinois residents.

As the largest Central Illinois recycling company, Midwest Fiber continues to provide the local recycling industry with unique and effective solutions.

Brutal wars over natural resources, including timber and minerals, have killed or displaced more than 20 million people and are raising at least $12 billion a year for rebels, warlords, and repressive governments. Recycling eases the demand for the resources.