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September 3, 2014

MetalX adds to staff

MetalX LLC , Waterloo, Indiana, has announced that industry veteran David Riddell has joined the company’s management team. In his senior management role, Riddell will focus on nonferrous metal marketing.

Riddell brings experience in the aluminum and zinc sectors, including roles in scrap purchasing, brokerage and commercial management for companies in secondary smelting, international metals trading and sheet mill operations.

Previously, Riddell worked for Spectro Alloys Corp., Rosemount, Minnesota; Aleris International and the former IMCO Recycling in Coldwater, Michigan; the former Samuels Recycling in Madison, Wisconsin; and Imperial Zinc Corp., Chicago.

Riddell joins MetalX as the company adds wire chopping, metal extraction technologies and the production of customized melt products to its existing nonferrous scrap processing capabilities. The company previously announced it has started building a new nonferrous facility in Auburn, Indiana, where it plans to operate a nonferrous metal plant.

In recent months MetalX has installed a Steinert metal extraction and fluff processing line, and the company says it will soon commission a new MTB wire chopping line. MetalX says it expects run rates at the facility to exceed 100 million pounds annually by the end of 2014.

“We are excited for David to join the MetalX family, as his extensive knowledge, solid relationships and outstanding personal reputation will augment our current group at a time when we’re growing rapidly,” says MetalX CEO Danny Rifkin. “In addition, his business philosophy and style are so compatible with our culture that we expect him to hit the ground running.”

Riddell says, “I’m happy to be part of an exciting and energetic organization that looks at this industry in such a positive light. The company’s ability to develop clear strategies and then execute them offers a new challenge, and the focus on relationships, integrity and fundamentals is consistent with my approach to this business.”

Danny and Neal Rifkin, third- and fourth-generation members of a family with a history in the scrap industry that includes overseeing OmniSource Corp., Fort Wayne, Indiana, for several decades, founded MetalX in 2012. The company now employs more than 140 people at three northeast Indiana facilities.


PSC Metals names new CEO

PSC Metals, a scrap metal recycling firm headquartered in Cleveland, has named Ronald Kline its new CEO. He replaces Robert Brewer, who will remain with the company for the duration of 2014 to help Kline with the transition.

Brewer, a former executive with the scrap metal recycling firm OmniSource, was named CEO of PSC in September 2012.

Kline joined PSC earlier this year in the role of COO. He also has worked for EMR Holdings USA and Alcoa.


GBB hires project engineer

The solid waste consulting firm Gershman, Brickner & Bratton Inc. (GBB), Fairfax, Virginia, has announced Bradley T. Kelley has joined the firm as senior project engineer.

Kelley brings more than 20 years of engineering and design experience and has worked on a multitude of processing systems for municipal solid waste (MSW), single-stream, construction and demolition debris (C&D), biomass and waste-to-energy (WTE) projects.

As a design engineer, Kelley has used computerized drafting technology and has hands-on skills with system installations and experience with hydraulics, electrical and logic programming.

Prior to joining GBB, Kelley was sales design engineer at Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), Eugene, Oregon, a firm that manufactures and installs sorting and handling systems for the recycling, solid waste, demolition and power generation industries. Previously, he also was senior mechanical engineer at West Salem Machinery Inc., Salem, Oregon, a manufacturer of grinding, screening and conveying equipment for the biomass industry.

“Brad brings to GBB a wealth of solid and relevant engineering, design and processing equipment experience that will prove highly valuable for us going forward with evaluations and procurements of ‘one bin for all’ facilities and MSW processing plants before alternative conversion projects,” says Bob Brickner, executive vice president of GBB. “Having experience working at integrated solid waste equipment systems providers, like I did early in my career, is definitely a great background for the consulting niche that GBB performs for our clients.”

Kelley says, “The opportunity to use my technical background and skill set to focus on solid waste handling systems and equipment from a consultant’s perspective is an exciting and logical new development and expansion of my career. I look forward to helping GBB’s clients develop efficient, cost-effective solutions and working with colleagues that have different and complementary solid waste expertise.”

Kelley will work from GBB’s headquarters. He can be reached at and at 800-573-5801.


Soundview Paper appoints fiber division vice president

Soundview Paper Co., based in Elmwood Park, New Jersey, has named William Schlenger vice president of its newly formed fiber division.

In this new role, Schlenger will be responsible for the development of the company’s trading business in North America and abroad. Additionally, he will be in charge of fiber supply for Soundview’s New Jersey and Vermont paper mills, managing the company’s parent roll business. The pulp business also will be part of the fiber division.

Schlenger can be reached via email at