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  • Scrap Metal Services, LLC (SMS) founded by Jeffry Gertler and Richard Gertler.


  • SMS acquired Illiana Scrap & Core, Hammond, Indiana.


  • SMS Mill Services, LLC was established and built scrap management and processing operation in Burns Harbor, Indiana to service one of the world’s largest steel producers.


  • SMS Mill Services set-up scrap management and processing operation in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.
  • The company also launched a commercial operation in Malcolm (Calvert), Alabama, adjacent to ThyssenKrupp Steel USA and Outokumpu Stainless USA, LLC.


  • SMS acquired Behr Iron ‘s Port of Indiana Baling Facility, Burns Harbor, Indiana.
  • The company also formed a trailer leasing joint venture, SMS Intermodal Services, LLC.


  • New greenfield commercial scrap operation in Warren, OH.
  • New greenfield scrap management and processing operation at JSW Steel (USA) in Baytown, TX. SMS Mill Services set-up scrap management and processing operation in Warren, OH for Warren Steel Holdings, LLC.
  • Acquired All Star Metals, LLC and All Star Shredding, LLC in Brownsville, TX.


  • SMS Mill Services set-up automated slab scarfing & cutting operation, and formed 2 joint ventures: SMS de Mexico and SMS Foremex, to handle automotive and industrial scrap generators in Mexico.
  • All Star Metals, LLC (ASM) – now Scrap Metal Services – Brownsville – a subsidiary of Scrap Metal Services, LLC (SMS), was awarded the contract from the United States Navy to tow and dismantle the ex-Forrestal (CV-59).


  • Fe Xchange Group, LLC brokerage and trading services was formed.
  • Acquired Paul’s Auto Yards, with 7 locations in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan.
  • Purchased the assets of MRS, which included Nonferrous, Heavy Media Plant, and Shredder.
  • Acquired the auto shredding operation of 360 Degree Metal Recycling in New Carlisle, Indiana.


  • SMS awarded mill services and slag management processing contact at FRISA’s Santa Catarina Nuevo Leon, Mexico facility.
Handshake regarding metal recycling


  • In April, Scrap Metal Services announced it had finalized an exclusive supply agreement with FE Trading Group LLC (FTG) to trade their ferrous scrap directly to North American steelmakers.
Shot from a Burnham scrap metal dealer


  • SMS was awarded the scrapyard management contract at the APERAM steelmaking facility in Genk, Belgium in April, with operations beginning on August 1.
  • In October SMS entered into a multiyear contract at JSW Steel USA’s facility in Mingo Junction, Ohio to include slag removal and processing, metal recovery, drop balling, and other miscellaneous services.
  • SMS established its first board of directors in December 2018, with founders Jeff Gertler and Rick Gertler serving as Chairman and Co-Chairman respectively.

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