A FAMILY AFFAIR—Monster and Mom’s Hauling owner Debbie Rankin with grandson Dom Walker use their recycling business to help others. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)

A FAMILY AFFAIR—Monster and Mom’s Hauling owner Debbie Rankin with grandson Dom Walker use their recycling business to help others. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)

Obstacles are a way of life, but if you ask Debbie Rankin, her son Charles Tarrant and grandson Dom Walker, the owners of Monster and Mom’s Hauling they will testify that obstacles are also a way of doing business.

Within their two years of operation the trio has endured family sickness and death, a shortage of funding and most recently difficulty with former employees that were also family members conducting fraudulent activity. They illegally dumped tires on a site Monster and Mom’s was renting, causing the business to be cited by the Department of Environmental Protection. But through it all Rankin said the obstacles have made them stronger, taught them lessons and the DEP is allotting them time to clean up the area. Also as a result of what happened Monster and Mom’s now operate from a warehouse in Lower Burrell and Oakmont Rentals has assisted them in purchasing a 26-foot storage truck.

Monster and Mom’s Hauling, described by Rankin is a business that hauls used tires for recycling purposes.

“We pick up the tires and store them until they are picked up by a recycling company.”  She said her company is identified by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania DEP staff as the only female- and Black-owned in Pennsylvania with a hauling permit. A typical client consists of businesses like Good Year, Fire Stone, gas stations, garages, auto dealerships or any business that has to dispose of scrap tires.

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