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Celebrating 55 Years:
Our Founding and Heritage

On May 10th, Comal Iron and Metals marks its 55th anniversary, a significant milestone rooted deeply in our family’s history and dedication. This special date coincides with Mexican Mother's Day, chosen to honor the formidable partnership of our founders, Grandpa Pasqual and Grandma Mary Ann Villanueva, who was the matriarch of our family. Our journey began with Grandpa Pasqual’s vision and a single GMC flatbed truck—depicted in our legacy logo—symbolizing our humble beginnings and the grassroots efforts that shaped our future.

 

This anniversary is not just a celebration of years but a tribute to the family whose relentless spirit and unity have been the magic behind our business.

Interactive Timeline of Our Legacy

2005

Mary Ann Passes Away

1978

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September 29, 1978

The birth of Roger, who would carry forward the family legacy with pride and innovation.

1915

May 21, 1915

An inspiring journey begins, underscored by a newspaper highlight stating “Metal values at nearly 60 million dollars recovered from junk and waste.”

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1923

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May 1, 1923

A look at our early days within the local industry landscape, exploring other "junk" companies present in New Braunfels.

1956

February 9, 1956

Celebrating the birth of Johnnie Sr. (AKA Pops), a pivotal figure in our story.

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1967

1967

“City's Junk Yard Ordinance Upheld in 22nd Dist. Court” – A testament to our resilience and commitment to sustainable practices.

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1972

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1972

Our first advertisement in the local phone book, marking our community presence.

1975

November 18, 1975

Remembering Pasqual, whose legacy at age 37 left an indelible mark on our mission and values. Unbeknown to him, he didn’t just start a business to provide for his family, he ignited a movement of suitability and responsibility in his beloved New Braunfels Community. 

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September 3, 1975

Celebrating the birth of  Micko.

1977

March 31, 1977

“Junkyard must move or close, Council Agrees” – A crucial turning point, featuring a historical snapshot of our original location.

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1980

 1980

Our strategic move to the Semler location, expanding our operations and scope.

1989

March 17, 1989

The incorporation of Comal Iron & Metals, with Johnnie, Mary Ann, and Rosa at the helm, strengthening our business foundation.

March 5, 2005

A significant family transition as Johnnie Jr. and Roger inherit their mother’s share, ushering in a new era of leadership.

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Join the 20 Million Pound Challenge!

In honor of our 55 years in metal recycling, we set an ambitious community goal to collect 20,000,000 lbs of metal. We invite everyone to join us in making a significant environmental impact. 

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Check our progress thermometer regularly on our site and see how you’re helping us reach this monumental goal!

Track Your Contribution

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Launching the Anniversary Punchcard

This year, we’re excited to introduce a new tool to enhance your recycling efforts—our Anniversary Punchcard. Each visit you make to drop off metals helps fill your card. Complete your card and choose from exclusive Comal Swag as a token of our appreciation.

You can also pick up a copy during your next visit at our location!

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Join Us in Celebrating!

As we reflect on our past and look to the future, we thank our community for being an integral part of our journey. Let’s continue to recycle, innovate, and celebrate together, building a sustainable world for generations to come.

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