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Jeff Pople Presented with ISRI’s Golden Wrench Award

Pople Demonstrates Exemplary Commitment to Safety

(Washington, DC) - For exhibiting outstanding efforts, achievements, and contributions during a career in vehicle maintenance, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) presented its Golden Wrench Award to Jeff Pople.

“ISRI is very proud to honor Jeff with its Golden Wrench Award,” said ISRI Senior Safety Director Commodor Hall. “Jeff’s commitment to ensuring vehicles are safe on the road is paramount to the overall success of his company and positively impacts the recycling industry as a whole.”

Jeff is a 21-year employee of Exit 40 Truck and Trailer Services, a subsidiary of Page Trucking (Weedsport, NY). In addition to his recognition as ISRI’s Golden Wrench Award winner, Pople was previously honored for his truck maintenance skills and experience. He won first place in the annual inspection procedures category and second place in the written exam category of the Trucking Association of New York’s 2019 SuperTech competition.

“Jeff shows a continual pursuit of perfection in his field and his award-winning performance is a huge contribution to our continued success here at Exit 40 Truck and Trailer Service,” said former Regional Safety Manager Roy Gregory.

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, etc.
  • 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.
  • Member company CSA vehicle maintenance performance score cannot exceed the CSA Threshold of 80%.
  • No member company record of CSA intervention letters/alert notices within the past 24 months (in any of the CSA Seven Basics).
  • Non-mandatory, 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).
  • Non-mandatory, a current Commercial Driver’s License (CDL– A, B, or C Class).

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 Golden Wrench Award was presented to Mr. Pople during ISRI’s 2020 Virtual Awards Ceremony on October 21.


The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ISRI represents 1,300 companies in 20 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 $110 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides more than 500,000 Americans with good jobs.

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