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September 2007

Tennessee scrap metal recyclers form new industry association
Initial efforts to focus on deterring theft

The scrap metal recyclers across the state of Tennessee have formed a new association. The Tennessee Scrap Recyclers Association (TSRA) was recently incorporated as a not-for-profit trade association organized to promote the interests of the industry throughout Tennessee.

Dom Marchitto, of Metal Management in Nashville, was elected as the group’s president. Brad Thompson, of Thompson Metal Services located in Piney Flats, Tennessee, is vice president and Troy Blanton, of PSC Metals in Nashville, is treasurer.

In cooperation with the Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the group has organized “The Tennessee Metal Theft Task Force.” The group recently met in Nashville with representatives of law enforcement, electric cooperatives, and other businesses.

One of the first efforts of TSRA is to become an integral part of a coalition seeking legislative measures to curb metal thefts.

Some of the scrap recyclers discussed surveillance cameras, ID requirements, theft alert communications and other practices to aid in the law enforcement process.

Don Denbo, representing Tennessee Valley Recycling, stated that his family business has been part of Tennessee for over 100 years and he echoed the overall message from TSRA, “We want to be part of the solution to the metal thefts!”

The group plans to hold the next meeting in mid-September in Nashville. John Fitzgerald, with the Nashville law firm Tune, Entrekin & White, is secretary and general counsel for TSRA.