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Coffman's collects and sorts the finds of more than 100 customers per day. Photo by Morgan Young.

Tony Coffman, Owner of Coffman's Metal's, uses a dehydrator to dry his purchased ginseng. In 1928, Guy Coffman, Tony's grandfather, started the business trading furs and natural roots. Photo by Megan Greco

Ginseng diggers and cultivators from all over Central West Virginia come to Coffman's to sell their finds. Coffman pays $675 per pound of ginseng at the moment, but that price fluxuates regularly with overseas markets. Photo by Megan Greco.

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Approximately 50,000 pounds of aluminum cans come through the doors of the Nicholas County-based recycling center each month. Photo by Morgan Young

Tony began working in the recycling business with his grandfather, Guy Coffman, when he was 14. After Tony graduated high school in 1981, he was made a full partner in the business. Photo courtesy of Tony Coffman.