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Our story, through the years




  • Cascade launched a redesigned online store - our Cascade Marketplace. With more product options and an easier to navigate interface, product sales on this platform grew by 86% in 2018.
  • The Washington Post chronicled the hazards of smartphone reuse and recycling, especially when it comes to "exploding batteries." Cascade was featured in their Tech Column and also in a video story.
  • As part of the International E-Waste Management Network (IEMN), Cascade was invited to present its research and experience related to electronics reuse and battery safety. Officials from 11 countries participated in the 8th IEMN workshop in Manila, Philippines in September.
  • Cascade hosted an Open House at our Indianapolis facility, which included a workshop by a former FBI agent.
  • Madison's shredder was upgraded to allow for greater throughput and processing of SSDs for destruction.
  • More details on Cascade accomplishments are posted in our 2018 Annual Report.


  • Cascade participated in groundbreaking NIOSH study on brominated flame retardants (and other hazards) in recycled electronics
  • Published the third annual Benchmarking Study to assist clients and other ITAD professionals
  • The City of Madison, DANEnet, and Cascade distributed over 200 computers to low-income individuals as part of Connecting Madison.
  • Cascade installed new hard drive wiping arrays which contributed to an increase of 66.7% of terabytes of data sanitized this year. We also purchased new mobile device (smartphone and tablet) wiping hardware and software and added mobile and laptop charging stations to improve battery testing capabilities.
  • Cascade expanded our Indianapolis processing facility by 12,459 square feet to now cover 28,131 square feet, nearly doubling our production capability and providing more office and meeting space.
  • More details on Cascade accomplishments are posted in our 2017 Annual Report.


  • Cascade awarded INSHARP safety award for the second year in a row by the Indiana Department of Labor
  • Published the seond annual Benchmarking Study to assist clients and other ITAD professionals
  • Cascade recognized as a sustainability leader when chosen as a finalist for the Force for Positive Change award.
  • Gartner listed Cascade as a representative vendor on its ITAD Market Guide.
  • Cascade hosted Open House events at its Madison and Indianapolis locations with speakers from Kohler Company and Allison Transmission.
  • Cascade partnered with the City of Madison and DANEnet to launch a Digital Inclusion project for low-income familes in Wisonsin called Connecting Madison.
  • A new shredder was added to our Indianapolis facility to allow for faster procoessing of hard drives, SSDs and data tapes for destruction. The shredder is also portable and was deployed to customer sites for shredding at their facility.
  • More details on Cascade accomplishments are posted in our 2016 Annual Report.


  • Cascade receives INSHARP award from Indiana Department of Labor for exemplary safety performance
  • Published the first annual Benchmarking Study to assist clients and other ITAD professionals
  • Added to our refurbishment capabilities and capacity with more testing stations, loose hard drive wiping appliance, and hot plates for tablet and smart phone repair
  • Cascade chosen as the sole vendor to provide ongoing ITAD services to 120,000 hospitals and healthcare facilities through the Premier contract
  • Cascade and its customers collected and recycled over 176,000 pounds of computers and electronics through co-hosted employee electronics recycling events
  • Cascade and its customers donated over 600 refurbished computers to non-profits
  • Covance featured Cascade in its Environmental Sustainability Report
  • More details on Cascade accomplishments are posted in our 2015 Annual Report.


  • Cascade became certified to E-Stewards Version 2 – the toughest industry standard
  • Select staff earned IAITAM CHAMPs status, and are now able to serve you as Certified Hardware Asset Management Professionals
  • Cascade was awarded a five year GSA contract (GS-10F-190BA)
  • Cascade becomes NAID “AAA” certified for “Onsite & Plant-based Computer Hard Drive Sanitization Operations”
  • Introduced new pricing structure with no cost recycling of tablets and smart phones
  • Launched and expanded the Cascade Marketplace, an on-line shopping site for your employees and the public
  • Completed a build-out of a new mass wiping/imaging space at Madison facility
  • Cascade employees volunteered in more than a dozen community events with United Way agencies and DANEnet’s “IT Day of Service”
  • The company sponsored numerous community non-profits and donated more than 300 refurbished computers to schools & organizations
  • Cascade hosted Open House events with educational workshops at our Madison, WI & Indianapolis, IN processing facilities
  • Representatives presented research and shared expertise at industry events in Orlando, Denver, Ohio, Wisconsin and Ethiopia


  • Cascade awarded national contract with Premier Healthcare GPO, representing over 90,000 hospitals and clinics across the United States.
  • Cascade involved in e-Stewards Version 2.0 development through the CEO focus group and review team.
  • Mobile device refurbishing and data wiping program introduced at Cascade.
  • Cascade procures new Solid State Drive portable crushing tool that can be deployed at customer sites.
  • Cascade's Director of Operations earns a Certified Secure Destruction Specialist accredition.


  • Cascade participates as "end of life" representative on international standard development process for EPEAT server standard.
  • Cascade earns ISO 9001 Quality Certification in its facilities.
  • The company was certified by the National Minority Supplier Development Council as a Minority Business Enterprise.
  • Cascade's Operation Manager is appointed to NAID SSD task force.
  • Cascade initiates partnership with computer refurbishing program in Burkina Faso, Africa.
  • Cascade CEO joins steering committee of the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling.
  • Cascade procures a portable degausser for on-site hard drive and data tape destruction.


  • All Cascade facilities re-certified to e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling, as well as ISO 14001
  • Moved Indiana facility from Plainfield to neighboring Indianapolis.
  • Awarded "Wisconsin Company to Watch" by the Edward Lowe Foundation and Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Network for success as a second stage company.
  • EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson visits the Ethiopian Demanufacturing facility, built with technical assistance from Cascade, and claims it as "state of the art"
  • SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns visited Cascade's Madison location to learn more about successful small businesses.


  • All Cascade facilities certified to e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling, as well as ISO 14001
  • Listed by Gartner as a "Visionary" in its inaugural IT Asset Disposition Magic Quadrant - one of only 13 companies recognized on this elite list.
  • Cascade called into action to perform nationwide IT asset security sweeps and disposition for failed financial institutions across America
  • Processed ovr 213,590 assets for reuse or recycling.


  • Completed major national IT asset retirement project with major enterprise involving the collection of over 80,000 assets from more than 11,000 locations in 49 states
  • Wisconsin facility recertified to ISO 14001 standard
  • Cascade becomes E-Steward founder
  • Cascade performed significant on-site service projects, including supporting a major data center move with on-site hard drive wiping and equipment packing


  • Awarded with Best Place to Work in Madison area by Madison Magazine.
  • Recognized as one of the "Top 25 Best Small Companies to Work" For by the Society for Human Resource Management.
  • Set up and began operating six project based facilities across the country - in Delaware, Florida, Texas, Colorado, Washington and California.
  • Wisconsin and Indiana facilities pass ISO 14001 and Certified Electronics Recycler Surveillance Audits
  • Cascade's owners (Neil and Jessica Peters-Michaud) awarded runner up to Small Business Person of the Year in Wisconsin by the Small Business Administration.
  • Named by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies for the second year in a row. Cascade was ranked as the 25th fastest growing company in Wisconsin and was ranked 2,809 overall.
  • Seventy nine employees (as of Dec 31, 2008)
  • Processed over 9,985,797 pounds of equipment


  • Cascade Hard Drive Crusher introduced. First mission in Phoenix to destroy over 350 hard drives at customer site is successful
  • Received Outstanding Achievement in Recycling from the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin
  • 9,000 square foot office and training area expansion completed at Madison facility
  • Cascade installs a new VecoPlan shredding line to Madison facility to increase throughput and automate recovery of ferrous metals from low-value e-scrap.
  • Indianapolis facility independently certified for ISO 14001 and as a Certified Electronics Recycler by the IAER
  • Awarded grant by state of Indiana to support expansion of e-scrap recovery capacity in the state
  • Named by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. (#12 in Wisconsin and in the top 25 of all firms in the Computers & Electronics industry)
  • One hundred three employees (as of Dec 31, 2007)
  • Processed over 9,681,530 pounds of equipment 


  • Opened first out-of-state processing facility in Plainfield, Indiana - a 24,700 square foot state-of-the-art facility outside of Indianapolis
  • Achieved ISO 14001:2004 Registration for our Environmental Management System
  • First company to receive designation under the 2006 Certified Electronic Recycler® program of the International Association of Electronics Recyclers (IAER)
  • Introduced the Rapid Deployment Team (RDT) - Cascade's premier national logistics and on-site technical service solution
  • Kevin Myrant, Cascade’s Security Manager, named Member of the Year by the National Association for Information Destruction.
  • Cascade implements new data wiping technology
  • Seventy-three Employees
  • Processed over 9,781,300 pounds of equipment


  • Cascade opens new 32,000 square foot corporate headquarters and processing facility in Madison
  • Cascade accepted as first for-profit recycler into the MARs program allowing us to install low cost, licensed software on refurbished computers destined for donation to charities
  • Awarded Waste Reduction and Recycling Demonstration Grant by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for research into expanding markets for domestic plastic recovery and recycling for scrap electronics
  • Cascade becomes first computer recycler to be named a “Champion for Change” by Hospitals for a Healthy Environment
  • Forty Employees
  • Processed over 6,394,500 pounds of equipment


  • Cascade adds second shift
  • End of Lease return program introduced
  • Cascade chosen to process equipment for the Dell sponsored Milwaukee Community Collection Event (more than 175,000 pounds collected) -- Best Buy sponsors Cascade's Madison Round-up
  • Cascade named as IT Retirement Service Provider for Consorta, a health care GPO representing more than 2,000 health care sites across the country
  • Twenty-three Employees
  • Processed over 4,487,271 pounds of equipment


  • On-line Employee Sale program introduced: Cascade Marketplace
  • eBay Store opened
  • Cascade receives Customized Labor Training Grant to assist with costs for ISO 14001 training and certification
  • Cascade recognized with Dane County Small Business Award and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Business Friend of the Environment Award.
  • Retrofit Recycling begins shipping equipment to Cascade, expanding our geographic reach through their hubs in Minnesota and Indiana.
  • Twenty-one Employees
  • Processed over 3,140,000 pounds of equipment


  • Shredder installed in Seiferth Facility for electronic media destruction
  • Established relationship with Paragon Development Systems, thereby providing customers with Life Cycle Management Solutions
  • Moved from 10,000 square foot Jonathan Drive location to 20,000 square foot Seiferth Road processing center in Madison
  • Cascade is an original signer of the Pledge of True Environmental Stewardship
  • Re-started CRT cutting operation at 6001 Femrite Drive in Madison
  • Sixteen Employees
  • Processed over 1,500,000 pounds of equipment


  • Shut down Milwaukee facility and moved all operations back to Madison
  • Implemented bar code asset tracking system
  • Ten employees
  • Processed over 1,335,000 pounds of equipment


  • Opened 20,000 square foot processing facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Received Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Waste Reduction and Recycling Demonstration Grant for CRT processing technology - Began CRT glass-to-glass recycling on site
  • Eleven employees
  • Processed over 750,000 pounds of equipment


  • Cascade Asset Management registered as a Limited Liability Company in Wisconsin on April 20, 1999
  • Received $400,000 in start up financing
  • Moved into 10,000 square foot processing facility at 1009 Jonathan Drive in Madison on July 1st
  • Purchased first truck for hauling in August
  • Open House in November
  • Three employees
  • Processed 103,000 pounds of equipment in first 6 months of operation