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Forrest Matheny Presented with ISRI’s Golden Wrench Award

Cohen Recycling employee exemplifies commitment to vehicle safety 


(New Orleans, LA) – Forrest Matheny of Cohen Recycling in Middletown, Ohio was presented with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Golden Wrench Award for exhibiting outstanding efforts, achievements, and contributions during a career in vehicle maintenance that spans more 25 years. 


“Through a strong track record of safety, training background, and mentorship of others, Forrest Matheny exemplifies the meaning behind the Golden Wrench Award,” said Commodor Hall, transportation safety director for ISRI. “Not only does Forrest have the credentials that exceed the award’s requirements, but the strong testimonials from co-workers, customers, and vendors on his behalf show him to be quality, caring human being that takes safety to heart. It is with great pleasure that we honor him with this award.”


Matheny has been an employee at Cohen Recycling since 1993. He serves as a shop supervisor with responsibilities that include all maintenance on the company’s fleet of equipment. In addition, Matheny purchases equipment and supervises a team of mechanics.


“The ISRI Golden Wrench award to me, is more than being a great mechanic, it is about being a leader,” said Todd Will, transportation manager for Cohen Recycling. “Forrest leads by example with a strong work ethic, and for reinforcing core values of respect, appreciation, and dedication. Forrest’s safety record has been nearly perfect for his entire career. Forrest uses his experience and knowledge to mentor and to help train our company’s younger, less experienced mechanics, drivers, and managers. Forrest lives our mission every single day, and has quickly adopted ISRI’s Circle of Safety Excellence’s mantra, ‘Safely Or Not at All.’”


The Golden Wrench Award is based on the following criteria:

  • Nominees must be full-time employees (employed by the member company for a minimum of one year) whose primary responsibility is to maintain commercial motor vehicles. 
  • Nominations must be made by someone familiar with the nominee’s work history, such as a supervisor, safety director, and so on. 
  • No more than five vehicle maintenance technicians may be nominated from the same member company. 
  • Nominees must meet the minimum requirement of five years of verifiable employment as a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) maintenance technician. 
  • Nominees must have a minimum of 40 hours qualified medium/heavy and or auto/light truck maintenance training (within the last three years). For example; training provided by a licensed technical school, community college, automotive technician training program, or qualified equipment vendor. 
  • National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) medium/heavy truck and or auto/light truck test completion and current certification (within the last five years). 
  • A current Commercial Driver’s License (CDL– A, B, or C Class).
  • Member company CSA vehicle maintenance performance score cannot exceed 60% (CSA Threshold 80%).
  • No member company record of CSA intervention letters/alert notices within the past 24 months (in any of the CSA Seven Basics).

Other criteria taken into account are contributions to improving company vehicle maintenance, letters of appreciation, deeds of heroism on or off the job, and civic and fraternal organizations.


The award was presented to Mr. Matheny at ISRI’s 2017 Convention and Exposition in New Orleans. In addition to travel to and lodging at the Convention, he received a crystal award and a personalized certificate. 


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The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ISRI represents more than 1,300 companies in 21 chapters in the U.S. and 35 countries that process, broker, and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute provides education, advocacy, safety and compliance training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment and sustainable development. Generating more than $105 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides nearly half a million Americans with good jobs. For more information about ISRI, please visit www.isri.org.

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