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Ron Reich Honored for his Significant Contributions to Recycling

Recycling innovator, educator receives ISRI's Lifetime Achievement Award

(Las Vegas, NV) – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the Voice of the Recycling IndustryTM, today recognized industry veteran Ron Reich with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Over the course of his career, which began more than five-and-a-half decades ago at H. Kramer & Co., Mr. Reich became a leading expert in metals identification. Many of his methods are still in use today throughout the industry.

“Ron Reich is a recycling innovator and educator who has made numerous positive and long-lasting contributions to the industry,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “He is very well-respected throughout the industry for his honor and integrity. His depth of knowledge related to metals identification, and his corresponding willingness to share it with others, has proven to be invaluable to the field of recycling. ISRI is proud to recognize Ron Reich with its Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Mr. Reich's career in the industry began when he worked at H. Kramer & Co. while on summer college break. After graduating from Bowling Green University, and serving in the United States Marine Corps, he was employed by H. Kramer as warehouse manager. As manager he was responsible for receiving, processing and grading material for the furnaces producing brass ingot. After ten years, he was transferred to the El Segundo, California location as a buyer, later serving on the Board of Directors. In 1985, Reich began working as a nonferrous manager at Schnitzer Steel before moving on to Timco. This allowed him to expand his metals expertise into aluminum. After 20 years at Timco, Reich moved to Atlas Pacific, where he returned to his first love of brass. Throughout his career he has lived by his motto, “A good deal is a good deal for everyone.”

Reich is renowned throughout the industry for his knowledge of metal. In addition to the many seminars he taught on metals identification, he created a Metals Identification Chart which proved invaluable to the recycling industry. He was also very active in ISRI. He was a member of the West Coast Chapter for more than 45 years, serving as an officer and board member during that time. From 1972-1974, Reich served as the Commander of the Jewish War Veterans scrap industry association.

The award was presented to Mr. Reich during ISRI’s annual convention and exposition in Las Vegas. It is the largest gathering of recyclers in the world. Sam Proler, industry leader and head of Proler Steel, was posthumously presented with the award at the convention earlier this week.

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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 more than 40 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 nearly $117 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides nearly half a million Americans with good jobs.

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