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The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), presented the ISRI Lifetime Achievement Award to three people

who demonstrated dedication to the success of the association and the industry: Stanley Kramer, Kramer Metals; Howard Meyers, Quexco; and Sandy Shapiro, Cambridge Iron & Metal.

In the early 1950s, Kramer left school to join his brother, Howard, in operating the family’s scrap business to support the family. In the late 1950s following Kramer’s return from military service as a ship’s baker in the South Pacific, Kramer and Howard slowly transformed the business into a full service scrap yard. The business grew and the materials diversified, enabling the brothers to invest in their first yard in 1967. Kramer soon became very active in ISRI and one of its predecessors, the Institute of Scrap Iron and Steel (ISIS). He served all leadership positions in the Southwest Chapter, vice chair of the ISRI Convention Committee, chair of the ISRI Chapter presidents’ Council along with numerous committee positions.

Howard Meyers started working at age 13 doing yard work and other hourly jobs. While attending college he worked at Revere Smelting and Refining and began his education in the metals business. By 1970, Meyers purchased the company and became its president and chief executive officer. Throughout the decade, Meyers transformed his initial purchase of Revere into a highly successful holding company, Quexco. Today, Quexco operates 17 nonferrous smelting and refining facilities, three anode and flat roll producing facilities, and a variety of plastic-related and mining businesses around the globe. One of the company’s affiliates it is the largest lead producer in the world. Meyers was committed to the industry through his association activities and was instrumental in forging the merger between the National Association of Recycling Industries (NARI) and ISIS in 1987 to form ISRI. He has the unique distinction of being NARI’s last president and ISRI’s first.

Sandy Shapiro got his start in the industry when he entered the family scrap business, Cambridge Iron & Metal. As the business grew, Shapiro became actively involved in association work, first with ISIS where he served as Chapter president and later Public Relations Committee Chair. In 1982, Shapiro was elected as first vice president of ISIS and then in 1984 became ISIS president. It was during this time that Shapiro was involved in secret negotiations with representatives of the NARI to merge and form a single, stronger association. Later that year, Sandy was one of the leaders who negotiated the purchase of Scrap Age Magazine to become the new association’s magazine. Now called Scrap magazine, it has a circulation of more than 10,000 global readers.

Published in the May 2014 Edition of American Recycler News