VANGEL PAPER IS NOW VANGEL
New name, same committed company.
After six cold calls to some key companies that used lots of paper, Valerie Androutsopolous got four clients – and that was the start of Vangel Paper in 1988. She and her husband Angelos, whose family had a family scrap paper business in Athens, Greece, decided to try their hand at a similar service in the U.S. Nearly 25 years later the family-owned business continues to thrive and expand its services.
In 1991, a D.C. recycling business offered them a small shredder for a $1000. Vangel began shredding for recycling clients – for free – when their convenience shredders were out of order or the job was too large. Realizing that clients were entrusting them with important information, the company became bonded and insured, long before it was an industry requirement, with what is now the PE&O industry standard.
In 1994, one of the tissue mills announced that they could take soft bound books, if the glue binding were removed or chopped up. Shredding was more efficient than cutting the binding off, so Vangel Paper’s foray into industrial shredding was born. Busy with recycling clients who had pallets of boxes in storage, there was no challenge too big for their industrial shredder.
In 1998, Vangel Paper attended its first PSI Conference and was wowed by the reception hosted by a company called Enron. The very next day there was a gaping hole in the exhibit hall, where the Enron folks had been. It seems the scandal had broken that night and they were gone. Little did they know how much impact this event would have on the industry – on-site shredding made its big debut and it was all about “on site done right.” Because companies were paying more attention to privacy and proprietary information that ended up as waste, having a bonded service provider to handle picking up confidential papers and taking them to a secure off-site location for shredding became much more important.
In 2000 Vangel bought its own facility and began the process of moving the equipment one mile down the road, all while anticipating a sibling for Maria.
The state-of-the-art, gated, camera-monitored facility with an enclosed shredding area was open for business. And then, stunned like the rest of the world by the events of 9/11, the company paused and reflected on the business’ direction. For the first time, they added a sales person to develop and service the growing number of off site shredding and destruction clients.
In 2009, at the request of a long-term client, Vangel added its first mobile truck and in 2011 added a second one to offer clients the option of on-site mobile shredding. In between, in 2010 Vangel purchased a dedicated electronics shredder to assist in secure electronics data destruction and e-scrap recycling.
No longer focusing only on paper, Vangel Paper recently changed its name to Vangel. Vangel offers a variety of services including shredding, secure data destruction, and office recycling programs. Vangel ensures that businesses have customized programs to suit the needs of their organization while complying with federal regulations and reducing their carbon footprint.