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Scrap Metals Year-End Update


Steel prices, which had been stuck in a narrow range for much of the year, began to slip in early autumn and may continue to fall into winter. While strong manufacturing trends continue to be reported by many buyers, hot-rolled coil traded at $640/ton Free On Board the steel mill in mid-November, and […]

December 30th, 2014|METALS MANAGEMENT|

Greetings! WOW! Is the calendar right? Where did the year go?

This year had some interesting challenges, as they all do, but we always find a way to make it through them with our experience, knowledge and sometimes … just our persistence as investment recovery (IR) professionals.

That’s one trait we all share or we wouldn’t be in this business. It may seem as if our accomplishments […]

December 30th, 2014|PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE|

Saving Soles (and Souls) Her Flock has Faith

 Interview: “So this is your office?” I ask. “I cleaned it up,” Fowler says. “Can you smell the Pledge?” I glance around a nearly empty room, just bookcases, a desk, a picture of Jesus. I ask, “Is your home like this, too?” “Yeah,” says Fowler, “except for the Pledge.”

Faith Fowler, 55, is not your typical pastor. She is funnier. […]


Feature Story: The Goal of IR – Keep it Simple

When thinking about writing an article on how Frontier Communications liquidates surplus assets, it occurred to me that perhaps the most important thing I’ve learned over the years is how it shouldn’t be done. Let me explain...

November 20th, 2014|GENERAL IR ISSUES|

Taking the Lead Promoting Investment Recovery

Here’s a question I think you should honestly ask yourself: Are you effectively communicating the value of investment recovery within your organization?

One of the situations I’ve faced—and I’m sure you do too—is how to make IR so ingrained with the rest of the company’s mindset that we are never forgotten about or overlooked on […]

October 20th, 2014|PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE|

Toward a Circular Economy

Two years ago, we decided to embed circular-economy thinking in our strategic vision and mission, both as a competitive necessity and with the conviction that companies solving the problem of resource constraints will have an advantage. We believe that customers will increasingly consider natural resources in their buying decisions and will give preference to […]

October 20th, 2014|GENERAL IR ISSUES|

A Unique Recycling Program is Paving the Way in Colorado Springs

It’s not something that you’d think of initially (and there were a few “potty jokes” going around about it), but since 2012, Colorado Springs Utilities has been collecting old, broken or unwanted toilets and offering a rebate for a WaterSense toilet. It saves customers money on utilities bills by saving 6,900 gallons of water […]

August 25th, 2014|RECYCLING|

Metal Prices Outlook

FERROUS METALS Shredded steel prices rose by as much as $15 per gross ton in July while prices for other obsolete grades like No. 1 heavy melt were only up by $5 to $10 per ton. But the rebound was brief. By mid-month these prices had retreated to June levels and some dealers were […]

August 25th, 2014|METALS MANAGEMENT|

Chill Out! Disposing of Surplus Chillers

Chillers are refrigeration systems that remove heat from a fluid through a refrigeration cycle in an attempt to create and maintain the proper environment for laboratory and manufacturing processes. They are used throughout many different industries to cool process machinery and remove heat from processes according to product specifications. Chillers are available in a […]

August 25th, 2014|SURPLUS EQUIPMENT|

Largest Maritime Salvage Nears End

Costa Concordia, the 114,000-ton cruise ship that wrecked off the coast of Italy in January 2012, has safely arrived at the Port of Genoa Voltri, marking completion of the largest maritime salvage job in history. The huge cruise ship crashed on rocks off the island of Giglio, 19 kilometers off Italy’s western coast. The […]

August 25th, 2014|GENERAL IR ISSUES|