Born of Swedish decent, Dean’s grandfather moved to Astoria in 1922. Working on the Docks and in the woods, the Larson’s were raised with a strong work ethic and a “can do” attitude. Dean’s older brothers developed successful excavating businesses and Dean decided to follow their example, but with a unique twist. Dean’s idea was to do custom, or specialized, excavating work; hence the name. The idea was to gain a competitive edge amidst a literal sea of competitors, so Dean took his business from a single backhoe in 1992 to the company that it is today with over 30 employees.
During the past ten years, while excavating, demolishing, dismantling, salvaging and land clearing, Dean has always remained conscious of the impact that these, and other industry-related activities are having on our delicate environment. As an industry, the traditional approach to dealing with the by-products of these operations has been:
- Job Site Burning
- Landfill Disposal
- Long Haul Trucking to Remote Sites For Processing
It is well recognized that these methods have polluted our environment and crowded our roads. Trucking alone is a dangerous occupation. So in 2001, Trails End Recovery was born. Understanding the need for a change in work methods, Dean established a friendlier, local solution with the goal of reducing the negative impacts of pollution and waste caused by traditional methods of disposal.
The business had a rocky start because of a lack of public awareness and a lot of neigh saying; but by 2002, the name Trails End Recovery became a well recognized company in all of Clatsop County. Since that time, Trails End Recovery has introduced several innovative yet simple methods for sorting and handling waste materials and then recycling them into products that have genuine value. The added benefit is that the company is making a significant difference in the reduction of land fill materials as well as reduced trucking and fuel consumption; hence, reduced pollution. TER has saved over 30,000 tons of materials from the Astoria Landfill, since opening in 2004.
Our company is still fully functional in this economic downturn because we need to do it leaner, neater and cleaner. While there is not a lot of money in the recycling business, the rewards are great knowing that we are making a difference in helping to protect the environment.