Jason’s great grandfather, Abe Magazine began his career in the industry in the late 1920s, buying rags in Warsaw, Indiana, and later expanding into buying and selling scrap metal and coal.
In the 1950’s Jason’s grandfather Elmer Lewis learned the industry from his father-in-law and eventually started a scrap metal recycling business in Akron, Indiana, with his wife, Jeanette.
In 1995, Jason’s step-father Mooch Lewis went out on his own, starting ML Metals in Rochester, Indiana. In 1998, Jason joined the business, becoming the 4th generation of the family to work in the scrap metal industry. The business officially became Rochester Iron & Metal, Inc in 2002.