RET3 was a vision of Ken Kovatch and generic cialis Patrick Holland – then, saw a concern and need growing for the proper disposal of e-waste. Concerned with throwing e-waste into landfills.
Ken Kovatch, an environmentalist was concerned with the growing number of electronic waste and the fear that it would simply end up in a landfill with the other “garbage”. Siting the need for responsible processing of electronic waste, he formed the “Benedict Group” in 1990.
The company first started with mainly Apple machines, then evolved to PC’s, printers, monitors and so on. The company’s first major client was SOHIO – later BP. BP’s warehouses were cleaned of e-waste all over the country. Computers started to became a mainstay in the business world. In order to stay current, it was easier to buy new or lease computers on a large scale rather than upgrade. This meant large quantities of CPU’s Keyboards, Mice and other peripherals began to build up with no place to put them.
With a big name client like BP, the company was gaining notoriety as a leader in the e-waste management industry and growing their client base. Recognizing the importance of e-waste management, large companies like TRW provided seed money to fund the operation and provided guidance on obtaining more funding from various foundations. Through this funding, the business was able to rent office and natural viagra garage space in Lyndhurst, Ohio resulting in being able to process more e-waste on a larger scale. The business grew exponentially and within 8 months, they had outgrown the Lyndhurst garages and moved to Perkins Avenue in Downtown Cleveland.
Mr. Kovatch had an idea that he took to then, Cleveland Mayor George Voinovich. Modeling after a prison program in California, he set out to start a computer repair program for Ohio Prison inmates. The first shop opened at Marion State prison where 40 inmates learned to disassemble, sort, clean & refurbish computers and were turning out 3000 refurbished systems the first year. This was a very successful program that spread rapidly throughout the Ohio Penal System. The Benedict Group had computer prison repair shops all over the state over an 8 year period. As the demand increased, prisons were unable to keep up and eventually the programs were dramatically scaled back. Further, Mr Kovatch had been running all over the state going from prison to prison and was getting ready for retirement.
As he was preparing for retirement, Ken received a call from his old friend and associate, Patrick Holland, then director of the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste district. Mr. Holland had long known that e-waste was a lingering issue and there was an ever growing need for e-waste organization in downtown Cleveland. And there was one man who had the knowledge and environmental connections of how to get this initiative off the ground. In 2003, the RET3 Job Corp was formed as a 501c3 non-profit organization with Ken Kovatch Sr at the helm along with his son Kenny Jr. and longtime friend Laura Gajdos.