Industry veteran Ron Reich received ISRI's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. Over the course of his career, which began more than five-and-a-half decades ago at H. Kramer & Co., Mr. Reich became a leading expert in metals identification. Many of his methods are still in use today throughout the industry.
Mr. Reich's career in the industry began when he worked at H. Kramer & Co. while on summer college break. After graduating from Bowling Green University, and serving in the United States Marine Corps, he was employed by H. Kramer as warehouse manager. As manager he was responsible for receiving, processing and grading material for the furnaces producing brass ingot. After ten years, he was transferred to the El Segundo, California location as a buyer, later serving on the Board of Directors. In 1985, Reich began working as a nonferrous manager at Schnitzer Steel before moving on to Timco. This allowed him to expand his metals expertise into aluminum. After 20 years at Timco, Reich moved to Atlas Pacific, where he returned to his first love of brass. Throughout his career he has lived by his motto, “A good deal is a good deal for everyone.”
Reich is renowned throughout the industry for his knowledge of metal. In addition to the many seminars he taught on metals identification, he created a Metals Identification Chart which proved invaluable to the recycling industry. He was also very active in ISRI. He was a member of the West Coast Chapter for more than 45 years, serving as an officer and board member during that time. From 1972-1974, Reich served as the Commander of the Jewish War Veterans scrap industry association.
The award was presented to Mr. Reich during ISRI2018.