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Our History

Tom Norton, President of Turtle Plastics  attended John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio
majoring in History and Speech. After a 25 year career in the lighting and apartment industries,
he sold his business interest and retired. However, six months later, with not much to do and
concerned that all of his six children were attending college at the same time, he decided it
was time to start a new business.

Being a lifelong recycler and environmentalist, he started Cleveland Reclaim Industries in
1980. The goal of his company was to recycle plastic rubbish from industrial plants. Later,
Turtle Plastics was started to manufacture and market actual products made from this plastic
rubbish. The Magnificent Machinery Company was also started to design and build recycling

Tom was a longtime member of Sierra Club, Greenpeace, The Cousteau Society,T.A.C.
(Technical Advisory Committee) and Former Chairmen of the Household Hazardous Waste
Committee of Cuyahoga County.

Always pushing the envelope, in 1996 at age 60 Tom and his wife, Doctor Karen Bradley,
adopted Anna Polina, a 13 month old Russian child, who now at age 16 keeps her dad forever

And now Tom has closed the Recycling Loop with Turtle’s new Buy Back Program.
Tom’s message is a simple one:
“If we create a market for recycled plastics, in the form of products, then the rest of the issues,
such as collection and processing will take care of themselves.”

The Name Turtle

Tom was given a banner for his office many years ago with a picture of our current turtle. The
caption said, “The Turtle only makes progress when it sticks its neck out.” The giver thought
Tom spent a lot of time sticking his neck out in various business enterprises. When it came
time to name the new company, “Turtle” seemed appropriate because of the environmental
concern. But, the original saying didn’t fit, so a new appropriate one was chosen.

Turtle Plastics’ slogan is “Slowly, But Surely”.

See if you can find the mistake Tom made on the original artwork that has been faithfully
reproduced ever since!
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