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Personnel announcements from recyclers and those allied to the industry

September 3, 2019

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas adds finance manager

Scott Morrish

Norcross, Georgia-based Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas Inc. has announced the addition of Scott Morrish to the finance team. He serves as the finance manager and reports to K.S. Seo, the company’s chief financial officer.

Morrish has more than 23 years of experience working in the equipment finance and leasing industry, having received a bachelor’s degree in managerial finance from the University of Mississippi in 1996.

“Scott brings a unique skill set to our finance department that will benefit our dealers greatly in the months and years to come,” Seo says. “Our people, like our technology, are ‘Tomorrow’s Edge Today!’”

Lieutenant governor receives Recycling Impact Award

Jeff Millhollin and Mike Cooney

Montana Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney has received the first Recycling Impact Award in recognition of his work on recycling stewardship. The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, says it plans to present the Recycling Impact Award in partnership with the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA), Covington, Kentucky, annually to an NLGA member who is committed to working within a state, region or community to have a positive impact on resource conservation and recycling.

“Lt. Gov. Cooney is an influential public leader in our community, state and country promoting economic and environmental benefits of recycling,” says Great Falls, Montana-based Pacific Steel & Recycling CEO and President Jeff Millhollin, who presented Cooney with the award. “Furthermore, Mike has been instrumental in developing and supporting policy in the best interests of both his constituents and the recycling industry. This includes co-sponsoring the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries’ ‘Scrap is not Waste’ resolution in 2016, which the NLGA subsequently adopted.”

“Lt. Gov. Cooney is a champion of the recycling industry, not just through policy but also through the example he sets personally,” says Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “While working at the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, he collected recyclables from other employees and took them to a collection center himself.

“He also works at collection points throughout the state on his own time as a way of promoting recycling,” she adds. “The lieutenant governor is also an advocate for rural recycling programs throughout Montana.”

Cooney is the head of Montana’s SMART Schools Challenge. The program encourages schools to promote energy efficiency, environmentally sound practices and reduce waste by recycling. As a result of this effort, 82,000 pounds of material were diverted from landfills this year and into the recycling stream.

“As lieutenant governor, it’s been a priority to make recycling simple and accessible to more Montanans and encourage everyone, especially young people, to be thoughtful about their choices and impact on the planet,” Cooney says.

In memoriam: Samuel Simon

Samuel Simon

Scrap industry veteran Samuel Simon died June 30 at the age of 93. He served as president of Williamsport, Pennsylvania- based Simon Resources for many years and as a partner at Simon-Eastern Corp., Temple, Pennsylvania, until 1983.

Samuel Simon joined the family business in 1949 and became active in scrap metal recycling, industrial demolition and railroad construction. In 1973, he made the decision to install and operate an auto shredder in Williamsport.

Samuel Simon also was a longtime consultant to the Williamsport companies of Penn Recycling Inc., Chromagraphic Processing Co. and Coastal Aluminum Rolling Mills Inc.

“He was a visionary who possessed tremendous integrity, charisma, an iron will and dogged determination, a great sense of humor and typically said quite a lot with just a few well-placed words,” his eldest son, David Simon, recalls. “In addition, his humility, sense of fairness and regard for everyone as an equal, no matter what their personal circumstances, set a wonderful example for our family.”

In addition to David Simon, Samuel Simon’s other sons, Larry, Ken and Joseph Simon, are in the scrap business, owning and operating Coatesville Scrap Iron and Metal Co., Coatesville, Pennsylvania, as well as a number of other scrap companies with yards in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Samuel Simon is survived by his wife of 70 years, Sylvia; his daughter, Patricia; his four sons; six grandchildren, one of whom, Louis, is also in the family business; and two great-grandchildren.

Gannon & Scott appoints VP of sales, business development

George Lucas has joined Gannon & Scott Inc., Cranston, Rhode Island, as vice president of sales and business development. The company processes, assays and recovers precious metals at its facilities in Phoenix and Cranston, serving customers throughout North America.

Lucas previously served four years as the North American sales agent for 366 International, Somerset, Kentucky, which specializes in buying, processing and recycling precious metals from spent catalytic converters and electronic scrap.

Prior to his role at 366, Lucas was senior vice president for Rebuilders Automotive Supply in Coventry, Rhode Island, a supplier to the automotive remanufacturing industry. He also served as president of Max-Pax Inc., Cranston, a plastics manufacturer that specializes in thermoformed parts and packaging for the automotive, jewelry and cosmetics industries.