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Personnel announcements from recyclers and those allied to the industry

February 8, 2017

SMS names new president

Scrap Metal Services LLC (SMS), Burnham, Illinois, has promoted its former President of Mill Services Kevin Crary to a president of the overall company.

“Kevin has already proven to be a valued member of our management group, and this new role will allow him to focus more on the big picture to help sustain the ongoing viability of the business,” says SMS CEO Jeffry Gertler.

In his new position, Crary will maintain management oversight of all SMS’ operations. As a former procurement manager for ArcelorMittal and having worked in various roles with SMS since 2012, Crary is “well-suited for this new challenge,” says Gertler.

Replacing Crary as president of the mill services division is Jeremy Kirchin. Before joining SMS, Kirchin worked for about 15 years in positions of increasing responsibility at Harsco Corp. and its predecessor Multiserv. His experience includes roles in continuous process improvement, revenue growth, purchasing (including supply chain) and launching new programs and initiatives, SMS says.

Kirchin formerly lived, obtained his degree and worked in the United Kingdom.

SMS and its various subsidiaries and affiliates operate scrap processing, steel mill services, ship dismantling and recycling, intermodal/truck/railcar and dismantling facilities in the U.S. and Mexico. The company has more than 15 operations in the U.S. and four operations in Mexico. Its mill services division performs on-site mill services at locations for several customers.

Eriez names new export sales director


Andrew Goldner has been promoted to director of export sales at Erie, Pennsylvania-based equipment maker Eriez. The announcement was made by Eriez Vice President of Sales and Marketing Charlie Ingram.

Goldner rejoined Eriez in 2012 as its export market development manager and served most recently as senior manager of exports.

“This expanded role acknowledges Andrew’s continuing success and development of Eriez’s market-focused selling strategies in Central and South America as well as selected Middle Eastern and Asian countries,” says Ingram. “The outstanding leadership and direction he has provided in effectively managing Eriez’s international sales representatives have been key to Eriez’s growing market share and sales diversification.”

Goldner holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Rochester and earned a master’s of international affairs from Columbia University.

Eriez designs and manufactures magnetic lift and separation, metal detection, fluid filtration, flotation, materials feeding, screening, conveying and controlling equipment for applications in the recycling, metalworking, packaging, plastics, rubber, food, mining, aggregate and textile industries.

Bunting Magnetics Co. appoints leadership roles


Bunting Magnetics Co., Newton, Kansas, has announced two staff appointments.

Steven Peiffer has been named chief financial officer, while Suzanne Hurst has been appointed human resources manager.

Peiffer brings more than 10 years of experience to Bunting Magnetics, including a background in accounting, finance, analysis and acquisitions.

He will oversee financial reporting, budgets, accounting and human resources for all four Bunting Magnetics divisions: Bunting Magnetics Co. (Newton); Bunting’s Magnet Materials Division, including its e-commerce site, (Elk Grove Village, Illinois); Bunting Magnetics Europe (Berkhamsted, U.K.); and Magnet Applications Inc. (DuBois, Pennsylvania).


He also will serve on the company’s executive team and report to President and CEO Bob Bunting.

Based in Newton, Peiffer most recently served as senior manager, assurance services, at Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, a leading accounting firm in Wichita, Kansas.

Hurst brings more than 10 years of experience to her position with Bunting.

In her new role, Hurst will be responsible for recruitment, benefit negotiations, employee performance management and conflict resolution for Bunting Magnetics Co. and its Magnet Materials Division. In addition, she will provide human resources guidance for the company’s Bunting Magnetics Europe and Magnet Applications Inc. divisions.

Hurst will report to Peiffer.

Metso Recycling North America adds to staff


Metso Recycling North America, headquartered in San Antonio, has hired Randy Gibson as regional account manager. He will cover the Southeast and East Coast of the United States and will be based out of southern Georgia.

Gibson brings 25 years of sales experience within the recycling industry with a strong emphasis on shears, balers and shredder product lines. His background has been with suppliers such as Harris, International Baler Corp. and American Baler Co., where he has worked in the roles of director of sales and marketing, regional sales manager and sales engineer.

In memoriam: Henry “Hank” Render

Henry “Hank” Render, who in 1983 co-founded the former Maine Plastics of Zion, Illinois, with his son Robert Render and with Gene Cohen, died Saturday, Nov. 3, at the age of 87. He was born Nov. 2, 1929, in Brooklyn, New York.

At its height, Maine Plastics employed more than 300 people and processed more than 170 million pounds annually. The company, which closed in early 2014, offered recycling solutions for companies that generate postindustrial and postcommercial plastics. Its services also included toll processing, grinding, sorting and color separation of commodity and engineering-grade plastics; metal and paper recycling; and certified destruction.

Robert says Hank worked as a painting contractor until 1968. After that, he entered the scrap metal business with a boyhood friend in Des Plaines, Illinois, forming Maine Scrap Metal Inc.

He met plastics recycler Stanley Gershon on the golf course in 1982, and, by the 18th hole, the men had a business plan for a plastics recycling company. Hank ran Maine Plastics until 1994.

Hank is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Marc (Ellie) Render, Ellen (Julian) Sims, Robert (Deborah) Render and Renee (David) Kaplan; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Waste Management appoints new CEO

Houston-based Waste Management Inc. has named James Fish Jr. the company’s president and chief executive officer. He succeeds David Steiner as CEO.


Fish also has been elected to sit on Waste Management’s board of directors.

Robert Reum, nonexecutive chairman of Waste Management’s board, says the Nov. 10, 2016, announcement was “the culmination of a succession planning process we started 18 months ago with the support of the entire board. Over the last 15 years at Waste Management, Jim has consistently delivered results and has the skills and leadership qualities that make him ideally suited for the role. He has a deep understanding of our strategy, impressive financial and operational acumen and strong support from employees, customers and investors.”

“It is a privilege to be named CEO of Waste Management, and I greatly appreciate the board’s confidence in me,” says Fish.

Steiner will remain a member of Waste Management’s board of directors.

Kripke adds to marketing staff


Kripke Enterprises Inc. (KEI), a nonferrous metal brokerage based in Toledo, Ohio, has announced the addition of Patrick Richardson to the its marketing staff.

Richardson graduated from the University of Toledo College of Business in 2014 with a degree in marketing and is a lifelong resident of Sylvania, Ohio.

“We are very excited about Patrick joining our team; his skill set positions him for tremendous success,” says Andy Golding, KEI vice president of sales and marketing.

Founded in 1993, KEI has locations in Toledo and in Boca Raton, Florida. The company says its sales will top more than $95 million in 2016.

ISRI adds senior director of international relations

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, has added Adina Adler as senior director of international relations.


Adler’s responsibilities include leading ISRI’s international priorities and outreach efforts to benefit the association’s members.

Prior to this new role, Adler worked in the aluminum company Alcoa Corp.’s Washington office where she served as director of global government affairs. She gained insight into trade associations during her time with Alcoa, working closely with The Aluminum Association, Arlington, Virginia.

Adler also has worked at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), where she was director for South Asia. In addition to these roles, she worked at the Department of Commerce.

Adler can be reached through email at and by phone at 202-662-8514.