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KRA Leaders on Senate Floor with top State SenatorsKRA Leaders on Senate Floor with top State Senators

Pictured from left are: Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, sponsor of SB 163 to simplify auto recycling, chairman of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee. Steve Cecil, president of Green Metals, a Toyota company, and KRA board member. Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, hosting and introducing KRA to the Senate. Neal Coulardot, General Manager, River Metals Recycling of Louisville, and president of the Kentucky Recyclers Association. Brad Miller, Butler Recycling of Maysville, KRA board member.​

Rep. Rick Rand & John Farris at NucorSeptember 25th Nucor site tour

(Gallatin, September 25, 2015)

Rep. Rick Rand of Bedford, Ky, second from the left, with River Metals Recycling's Chris Bedell (left), Bob Eviston, and David Weed.

Rand, who chairs the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee, made a site visit to Nucor Steel. With five locations across the State of Kentucky, River Metals Recycling, a part of Nucor Corporation, provides tons of scrap metal for steel making which goes toward vehicle production. The Bluegrass is currently the nation's third leading vehicle-making state. Manufacturing relies on the recycling of scrap to produce steel, used to make vehicles.​

Rep. Rick Rand & John Farris at NucorRep. Rick Rand & John Farris at Nucor

(Gallatin, September 25, 2015)

Rep. Rick Rand, who represents six counties including Gallatin, with John Farris, the Vice President and General Manager of Nucor's Iron-Making facility near Ghent, Kentucky. Rand toured the location on September 25th.

New Metals Theft Video

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries has created an informative new video about metals theft.

KRA at KSA Owensboro Rep. Rick Rand & John Farris at Nucor

KRA Board Members from left to right: Brad Miller, Neal Coulardot, Paul Hardison and Jerry Joiner at Kentucky Sheriffs Association Conference in Owensboro KY week of 9/14/15

State Leaders Comment on Impact of Scrap Industry on the Economy

(Frankfort, July 30, 2014)

With a total economic impact of $1.3 billion on Kentucky, top legislative leaders are expressing support for the scrap recycling industry across the state.

"Knowing this industry in my region of the state, eastern Kentucky, I appreciate the role scrap recyclers play in the cycle of manufacturing and industrial growth," said Rep. Rocky Adkins, (D-Morehead). Read more

Rep. Denny Butler to Pre-File New Law to Simplify Recycling
of Old Cars and Trucks

(Frankfort, August 1, 2014)

Kentucky Rep. Denny Butler, D-Louisville, announced that he will pre-file legislation this month designed to simplify the recycling of older vehicles.

Some cars and trucks at the "end of useful life" have lost titles, or have titles that may have been stolen, and there are even cases where titles were never transferred or received. Read more

Metals Theft is focus of new Kentucky effort and alliance

(Frankfort, August 4, 2014)

A diverse group of business, industry and public agency leaders is joining forces to reduce the metals theft problem in the Bluegrass.

This follows the goals set out in a successful change to state law in 2012 had a provision for a Metals Theft Working Group. Read more

Aaron Keatley, Deputy Commissioner, Department for Environmental Protection, Energy and Environment Cabinet, Commonwealth of Kentucky; Steve Levetan, Sr. VP, Pull-A-Part, LLC; Dr. Len Peters, Cabinet Secretary, Energy and Environment Cabinet, Commonwealth of KentuckyKentucky Honors Pull-A-Part for Environmental Leadership

(ATLANTA, Sept. 25, 2013)

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) has chosen Pull-A-Part as one of six recipients of the state's 2013 Environmental Excellence Awards. Pull-A-Part received the Small Business Environmental Pacesetter Award for its Louisville operation. Read more

National industry leader Christopher J. Bedell, who lives in Northern Kentucky, speaks in a 2012 news conference conducted in the Kentucky House of Representatives chambers. Key members of related Kentucky industries along with state House members announced agreement on a significant new law to cut metals theft in communities.

To Bedell's left among uniformed leaders in the Kentucky State Police is Commissioner Rodney Brewer. Board members of the KRA frequently serve as experts on metals theft. Bedell, who is Vice President and general counsel of Rivers Metals, a multi-state scrap recycler and part of the David J. Joseph Companies of Cincinnati, often provides solutions on metals recycling and process improvement to public leaders and the media as well as numerous industry customers and partners. On a daily basis Kentucky scrap recyclers work with local and state law enforcement in cities and counties.

KRA leaders collaborate with ISRI, the national association for the industry, to find best practices and important advice for the manufacturing sector as well as concerned local officials and civc groups. Additionally, KRA members welcome interested local officials, school and youth groups, and reporters to tour scrap yards to learn more about the manufacturing supply chain, plus the many environmental advantages achieved by scrap recycling.

As a leader in car and truck production, aluminum smelting and value-added aluminum making, Kentucky depends on scrap recycling to remain competitive on the national and global stage.