Although Marsha didn't know a thing about the scrap metal business, she says she thought if the man driving the truck could do it, then she could do it.
Marsha began visiting scrap metal yards, where workers laughed and told her women didn't collect scrap metal. But nothing deterred this desperate mom. "I went to industrial parks, and I looked for companies that manufactured metal products and asked if they would do business with me," Marsha says. "It was never beneath me to pick up aluminum cans or even pick up hubcaps along the highway. Everything had value."
When Marsha wasn't with her kids, she was in her truck collecting all sorts of metal. She worked around the clock to put food on the table and pay the bills. "I needed to survive," she says. "I wasn't going to let anything stand in my way. Most men thought, 'You can't stay in this business. ... You'll never make it.' [Now] they're gone, and I'm here."