Producers of recycled aluminum alloys from across the U.S. have formed the Aluminum Recyclers Council (ARC), with the aim of providing a unified voice for the industry — which is undergoing dramatic changes. The mission of ARC is to promote and defend the domestic aluminum recycling industry and establish a business excellence program focused in the areas of operational efficiency, environmental leadership, and worker safety.
“Too often, our industry is left without a voice in legislation and regulation impacting our businesses and the lives of all our employees,” said Luke Palen, president of Spectro Alloys Corporation, and who was elected as the first chairman of the ARC board. “We also recognize that we have a tremendous opportunity to expand the usage of recycled aluminum alloys in new applications. Consumers are demanding a more sustainable product, and recycled aluminum alloys provide huge benefits.”
The initial members of the ARC’s board of directors include:
- Chairman: Luke Palen, president of Spectro Alloys Corp.
- Vice-Chair: Mark Buchner, president of Continental Aluminum
- Director: Brandon Cox, CEO of Custom Alloy Sales Inc.
- Director: Rick Merluzzi, president and COO of Metal Exchange Corp.
- Director: Pat Carlin, sales manager for Superior Aluminum Alloys
- Director: Greg Palen, chairman of Spectro Alloys, Corp.
- President: Jeff Henderson, president of The Sanford Organization
The group intends to use the council to develop a business excellence program involving webinars and workshops for its membership. Buchner stated, “We believe there is a real opportunity for us to work together to develop best practices in all phases of the manufacturing process, not the least of which is safety. By working together to find those best practices we will all become better at what we do.”
Membership in ARC is open to secondary aluminum smelters and their suppliers. Membership may soon be extended to other companies in the aluminum recycling industry as well. Jeff Henderson, elected President of the Aluminum Recyclers Council, stated, “There are many common issues among companies that recycle aluminum. This provides an opportunity for ARC to create a platform as an industry voice and advance the interests of the members.”
The ARC is discussing future events and meetings, which will be announced as they develop.
To learn more about the ARC, visit: www.recyclealuminum.org.