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January 14, 2002

Scrap Directory Available

The 2002 North American Scrap Metals Directory is now available. The annual directory includes listing information on companies handling both ferrous and nonferrous metals. The publication includes more than 8,500 company listings.

The annual directory, produced by the Recycling Today Media Group, Cleveland, is extensively researched, and provides detailed information on companies, including address, phone and fax number, e-mail and Web site address, type of material handled, contact name, type of business, and rail siding used by the company.

"This directory gathers the contact information for thousands of scrap metal dealers in North America into one handy volume. In an industry that increasingly requires buyers and sellers to look beyond their accustomed geographic range, I can’t imagine trying to do business without it," says Dan Sandoval, senior editor of the Recycling Today Media Group and editor of the 2002 directory.

The cost of the directory is $85, plus $5 for shipping and handling. Discounts are available for multiple orders. International orders cost $10 for shipping and handling.

For those people interested in integrating the directory information into their own company database, the North American Scrap Metals Directory is available in CD-Rom format. The cost is $385, plus $5 shipping and handling.

Payment is possible by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card. Orders by check should be made out to North American Scrap Directory, 4012 Bridge Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113, attn: Books Department.

Telephone orders can be made by contacting the Recycling Today Books Department at (216) 961-4130, ext. 201. For more information contact Lori Skala at (800) 456-0707, or via e-mail at lskala@recyclingtoday.com.

Cleveland Scrap Dealer Pleads to Anti-Trust Charges

An ongoing federal Justice Department anti-trust investigation in the Cleveland area has resulted in a substantial fine for another northern Ohio scrap dealer.

Howard B. Bahm, former president of Harry Rock & Co., will pay a $1 million fine and faces a jail sentence of up to 37 months, according to a report in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The guilty plea is the second resulting from the Justice Department investigation into charges that scrap metal companies participated in schemes to divide up generators and rig bids for scrap metals in northeast Ohio.

The charges related to Bahm covered activities from 1993 to 2000 and involved about $104 million in purchases of scrap metal by Harry Rock & Co., according to documents in U.S. District Court in Cleveland.

Bahm eventually agreed to cooperate with the investigation. The court will determine the sentence and whether to accept the plea and impose the $1 million fine.

The same investigation resulted in Bay Metal Inc., Richfield, Ohio, pleading guilty early last year and paying an $850,000 criminal fine for participating in a conspiracy to rig prices paid for scrap metal. That dealer and two of its executives also agreed to cooperate with the government’s investigation.

Earlier this year, attorney Robert W. Doyle Jr. of Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy LLP, Washington, told Recycling Today that scrap generators are the likeliest sources of complaints to trigger investigations such as the Justice Department one in northern Ohio.

"The generator of scrap is the injured party," he remarks. "He’d like as many competitive bids as possible, but this exchange of information that occurs can diminish those prospects."

In addition to the Ohio case, a Florida case, United States v. Atlas Iron Processors, Inc., et al., resulted in two Miami-based scrap companies and four of their executives being tried and convicted in February 1999 for conspiring to fix prices of scrap metal in the Miami area immediately following Hurricane Andrew.

In the Atlas case, the companies’ fines and restitution payments exceeded $1 million. Each individual was also fined more than $30,000 and received a one-year prison term.

WABASH TO CLOSE SYRACUSE SMELTER

Wabash Alloys has announced plans to close its secondary aluminum smelter in East Syracuse, N.Y. According to a spokesperson for Wabash, the company expects to mothball the facility by the end of February.

According to published reports, the facility has been producing around 12 million pounds of ingot per month, with a large portion of the end product going toward the automotive industry.

The decision to shutter the plant follows Wabash’s decision, last year, to close other smelting operations in Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Alabama. Several other companies have also idled aluminum smelters to remove capacity from the market.

After the New York smelter closes, Wabash will continue to operate eight smelting operations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

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