The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, D.C., presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to three scrap industry veterans who have contributed to the success of the association and the recycling industry in general. ISRI honored Stanley Kramer of Kramer Metals, Los Angeles; Howard Meyers of Quexco, Dallas; and Sandy Shapiro, of Cambridge Iron & Metal, Baltimore, with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. The awards were presented during the organization’s annual convention, which was April 6-10 in Las Vegas.
“This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winners helped lay the foundation for ISRI and establish the recycling industry as a powerful force in today’s economy,” ISRI President Robin Wiener said. “Stanley Kramer, Howard Meyers and Sandy Shapiro all demonstrated unparalleled service commitment to not only this industry and association but also to their country and communities.”
Wiener continued, “We are proud to present Stanley, Howard, and Sandy with ISRI’s Lifetime Achievement Award for all they have and continue to accomplish for our industry and his community.”
Kramer started in the recycling industry in the early 1950s, helping to transform Kramer Metals into a full-service scrap yard. He also became active in ISRI and one of its predecessor organizations, the Institute of Scrap Iron and Steel (ISIS). He served in all leadership positions in the ISRI Southwest chapter, as vice chair of the ISRI Convention Committee and as chair of the ISRI Chapter Presidents’ Council, along with holding numerous committee positions.
Meyers, who parlayed his work at Revere Smelting and Refining into the holding company Quexco, and Shapiro, who started working at his family-owned scrap business Cambridge Iron & Metal, were instrumental in merging the National Association of Recycling Industries (NARI) and the Institute of Scrap Iron and Steel (ISII), into ISRI, according to the association.