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Pile of Scrap Podcast

Ep. 40: Gearing Up for 2021

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 1/7/21 5:00 AM

Pile of ScrapEp. 40: Gearing Up for 2021

Coming as a sigh of relief to many, 2020 is finally over, and it’s time to start gearing up for the year ahead. Looking back on all the experiences we’ve had and memories we’ve made on Pile of Scrap, we can say that we’ve learned a few things that we can carry with us into 2021. To kickstart new beginnings, John goes over the importance of this industry, getting our voices heard and, overall, how critical it is to stay positive moving forward through the year.

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Topics: Scrap Recycling

Ep. 39: Business Must Continue

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 1/6/21 3:14 PM

Pile of ScrapEp. 39: Business Must Continue

From adapting to COVID-19 regulations to watching commodity prices rise and fall, and even transitioning to a new administration, there’s no doubt those of us in the recycling industry have had a tough year. However, as John says: business must continue. We know that in times like these, what the world needs most are leaders.

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Topics: Scrap Recycling

Ep. 38: Family First – The Saccos of Sierra

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 11/11/20 11:22 AM

Pile of ScrapEp. 38: Family First – The Saccos of Sierra

John Sacco joins his brother, Philip Sacco, and nephew, Philip Sacco II, in Wyoming for a special Pile of Scrap episode focusing on the importance of family business and what it’s like growing up at Sierra, all while reminiscing on a few crazy stories.

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Topics: Scrap Recycling

Ep. 37: Good Ol’ Buddies

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 10/21/20 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 37: Good Ol’ Buddies

Working in the scrap industry is a little different than your average day job, and A&S Metals owners Stanley Silva, II (Buddy) and Stanley Silva, III (Buddy Jr.) can attest to that. Taking after generations before them, these guys are the embodiment of what hard work looks like. To discuss the history of the company and the essential aspects of recycling, John Sacco and his nephew, Philip Sacco, travel to Castroville, CA, to catch up with old friends over at A&S.

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Topics: Scrap Recycling

Ep. 27: The Next Generation – Young Executives

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 5/6/20 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 27:  The Next Generation – Young Executives

As the next generation of recyclers are getting geared up to take over the reins of the industry, they can’t help but give credit to the generations before them that have paved the way for their success. Chad Olgin from Olgin Efune Recycling, Sean Daoud from PNW Recycling, and Jacqueline Lotzkar from Pacific Metals Recycling, meet with John Sacco to talk about the improvements they see for ISRI, their aspirations in becoming ISRI’s next batch of officers, and the long-lasting friendships they’re making along the way.

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Topics: Recycling, Scrap Recycling

Ep. 23: ISRI’s Message to D.C.: Recycling Is Essential!

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 3/27/20 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 23: ISRI’s Message to D.C.: Recycling Is Essential!

After making the tough decision to cancel ISRI’s annual convention due to COVID-19, ISRI President Robin Wiener and Chairman Brian Shine join John Sacco to discuss what members need to know going forward in this crisis. Taking into account how essential recycling is for infrastructure and critical manufacturing, these two leaders explain how diligently they’ve worked in pressuring the federal government to keep our industry in motion.

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Topics: Recycling, Scrap Recycling, Waste

Ep. 22: Scrap Recycling vs. COVID-19

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 3/20/20 8:31 AM

Ep. 21: Panic from Coronavirus Part 2 - John Sacco

As we get more and more emerged into the Coronavirus pandemic, there are many questions being asked within the scrap industry. John Sacco invites medical professional Dr. Vip Dev and the biggest names in scrap such as Brett Ekart from United Metals Recycling, Sean Daoud from PNW Metal Recycling, Matt Kripke from Kripke Enterprises, Andrew Lincoln from Lincoln Recycling, and Nathan Frankel from Advanced Steel Recovery to give us the inside scoop on the availability of virus testing and how the scrap industry remains in operation through the slowing of production and business closures.

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Topics: Recycling, Scrap Recycling, Waste

Ep. 21: Panic from Coronavirus Part 2 - John Sacco

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 3/16/20 3:01 PM

Ep. 21: Panic from Coronavirus Part 2 - John Sacco

Basic necessities have been wiped from the shelves since the outbreak of the Coronavirus has stirred up panic in our communities. Toilet paper, water, and even certain meats – gone. John Sacco sits down with us to discuss the absurdity the World has been going through the past few days and how improving communication between production companies and consumers can positively affect these circumstances.

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Topics: Recycling, Scrap Recycling, Waste

Ep. 20: Panic from Coronavirus Part 1 - John Sacco

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 3/16/20 12:55 PM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 20: Panic from Coronavirus Part 1 - John Sacco

With the ISRI convention being officially cancelled and having a daughter overseas spending the semester abroad after an announcement of a European travel ban, John Sacco is starting to feel the panic of the Coronavirus. Having uncertainty about what this virus means for our economy and others in the industry, John advises us to remain calm.

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Topics: Recycling, Scrap Recycling, Waste

Ep. 19: ISRI Convention Mastermind – Chuck Carr

Posted by Sierra International Machinery on 3/11/20 5:00 AM

Pile of Scrap Ep. 19: ISRI Convention Mastermind – Chuck Carr

If there’s one thing the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is known for, it’s their conventions. Chuck Carr, mastermind behind the industry’s biggest event of the year, talks with John Sacco about the significant benefits ISRI’s conventions can bring to your business. Although networking is number one on that list, the keynote speakers and the educational programs make it a guarantee that this event won’t disappoint.

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Topics: Recycling, Scrap Recycling, Waste

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