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Recycle. Reboot. Repeat.: Charlotte computer-salvage company reaches for national role (access required)

By Sam Boykin Brett Rhinehardt was dressing up like a blue saber-toothed tiger and swinging from the rafters of a Nashville hockey rink when his dad, John, asked him to help run his Charlotte business, Computel. That was in 2001, when the  computer-recycling company was a precocious six-year-old. Now 15 and burgeoning into robust early adulthood, it annually recycles about 7 million pounds of computers and electronics collected from across the Southeast, and it is maturing from its family-run beginnings into an ambitious, expansion-minded company with designs on a national presence. Computel was born in 1995, just as another company was dying. ITT Financial Corp. was going out of business, so its inventory of computers, crammed into a Charlotte warehouse, was for sale. In walked John Rhinehardt with a plan.

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  1. I always had a much grander vision for the company than my dad, and that requires time and energy,” he said. “That was not his plan. His plan was golf. Mine was working harder and getting the company to do more

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