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Pile of Scrap Podcast

Ep. 14: The Scrap Life – Brett Ekart, United Metals

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 1/15/20 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 14: The Scrap Life – Brett Ekart, United Metals

The recycling industry is notorious for family-owned businesses and United Metals Recycling is no different. Starting from the time Brett Ekart was watching cartoons in his grandpa’s office all the way to graduating with his MBA, he always knew scrap was in his blood. As the third generation Ekart to own United Metals, based in Boise, Idaho, Brett joins Pile of Scrap to talk about the incredible journey he’s had in becoming CEO and how the generations before him have helped pave the way to the successful business it is today.

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Topics: Recycling, Scrap Recycling

Ep. 13: Changing the Dynamic – John Sacco

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 12/30/19 11:19 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 13: Changing the Dynamic – John Sacco

As the year comes to a close, John Sacco sits down for Pile of Scrap’s final episode of 2019 to talk the importance of spreading the word on what is and what isn’t recyclable. Whether you’re a legislator on Capitol Hill, a big-brand retailer like Amazon, or just grabbing groceries at your local market, John says it’s time to start changing the dynamic on the education of the recycling industry and take action. With 2020 around the corner, there seems to be no better time than now.

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Topics: Recycling, Scrap Recycling, Paper Recycling

Ep. 12: Put It on Paper – Leonard Zeid

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 12/18/19 4:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 12: Put It on Paper – Leonard Zeid

Ever wonder what to do with that empty paper cup after finishing your morning coffee? Pile of Scrap host John Sacco travels to St. Louis, Missouri to ask paper recycling master, Leonard Zeid, just that. As Executive Vice President of Midland Davis Corp. and President of Paper Stock Industries (PSI), a national chapter of ISRI, there’s no doubt he knows the business. Everything from determining what to put in your blue bin, the increase in corporate environmental sustainability, and the unnecessary “go paperless” phenomenon, Zeid answers it all.

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Topics: Recycling, Paper Recycling

Ep. 11: Scrap Never Sleeps – PNW Metal Recycling, Inc.

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 12/5/19 12:00 PM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 11: Scrap Never Sleeps – PNW Metal Recycling, Inc.

Servicing throughout the Oregon and Washington regions since 2013, PNW Metal Recycling (PNW) is a conjoined family-owned business with years of experience in the industry. Whilst maintaining their reputation for the utmost level integrity, this company works every day to stay efficient in their region and becoming the lowest cost producer of the commodities they produce. In this episode, John Sacco travels to Portland, Oregon to speak with owners Fouad Daoud, his son Sean Daoud, and Hank Doane about PNW’s story, the burden of operating a facility in an environmentally conscious state such as Oregon, and their involvement with ISRI.

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Topics: Recycling, Scrap Recycling

Ep. 10: The Aluminum Guru - Matt Kripke

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 11/19/19 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 10: The Aluminum Guru - Matt Kripke

Toledo, Ohio-based Kripke Enterprises Inc. (KEI) has become one of the most notable non-ferrous scrap brokerage firms to serve North America. Having been known as the “go-to guy for aluminum,” President of KEI Matt Kripke joins Pile of Scrap host John Sacco to explain the rapid growth of the aluminum industry that has been overall prominent in autos and electric vehicles with examples as pronounced as Tesla and the Ford F-150. Announcing his appreciation, Kripke describes how economically viable and environmentally responsible ISRI has been in educating for the prevention of that aluminum going into landfills in the future.

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Topics: Recycling, Scrap Recycling

Ep. 9: Economically Impacted with Jason Schenker

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 11/7/19 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 9: Economically Impacted with Jason Schenker

When it comes to getting down to the hard questions of understanding the impacts of the economy and the future it holds, Jason Schenker breaks it down for us. John Sacco invites Mr. Schenker, President of Prestige Economics and one of the most accurate financial forecasters and futurists in the world, on the show to talk on how the recycling industry and the U.S. economy has been impacted by tariffs as well as the net effect of the economy in terms of taxes on both the state and national levels.

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Topics: Recycling

Ep. 8: Scrap Legends: SA Recycling Part #2

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 10/30/19 5:00 AM

 

Pile of Scrap Ep. 8: Scrap Legends: SA Recycling Part #2

With SA Recycling being one of the largest and most successful privately-owned scrap recycling companies in the United States, SA President and CEO George Adams knows the ins and outs of what makes this industry tick. In Part 2 of “Scrap Legends: SA Recycling” George sits down with John Sacco to discuss the difficulties in finding laborers, the effects the trade wars with China have had on the scrap business, and what it was like being an officer for ISRI.

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Topics: Recycling, Scrap Recycling

Ep. 7: Scrap Legends: SA Recycling Part #1

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 10/22/19 4:30 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 7: Scrap Legends: SA Recycling Part #1

As one of the largest and most successful privately-owned scrap recycling companies in the United States, it has taken years of patience, perseverance, and hard work for SA Recycling to officially claim its name to fame. George Adams, SA President and CEO, sits down with Pile of Scrap host John Sacco to talk further about his time in law school, the attempt to accommodate California’s strict regulation laws, and the details behind SA’s past bankruptcy that turned out to benefit the company in the long run.

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Topics: Recycling, Scrap Recycling

Ep. 6: The Recyclers’ Advocate – Brian Shine, ISRI

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 10/9/19 3:31 PM

 

Pile of Scrap Ep. 6: The Recyclers’ Advocate – Brian Shine, ISRI

Throughout generations of his family being involved in the industry, current ISRI Chairman Brian Shine, knew scrap was in his blood from the very beginning. From incorporating the values that he had learned from his family business in addition to the experience he’d acquired through his involvement in the industry, he leads the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) to its continued success. Brian joins John Sacco to discuss the strategy behind the magic that is ISRI and how important the organization has been for the entire scrap recycling community as a whole.

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Topics: Recycling, Scrap Recycling

Ep. 5: Like Father, Like Son - Pasco Iron & Metal

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 9/24/19 2:45 PM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 5: Like Father, Like Son - Pasco Iron & Metal

From following closely in his father’s footsteps, Matthew Goldman, CEO of Pasco Iron and Metal based in Land O’ Lakes, Florida, is unsurpassed when it comes to knowing the do’s and don’ts of the scrap business. By juggling all the responsibilities of building his company from the ground up, he is a true one man show. John Sacco joins Matthew and his father, Mark Goldman, in discussing Matthew taking the reins from his father and how exactly that plays into the success of his company and Florida’s growing scrap industry.

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Topics: Recycling, Scrap Recycling

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