January 11, 2013  

Scrap Metal Services, LLC (SMS) is pleased to announce that Kerry Davidson has joined the company as its Vice President of Human Resources and In-House Counsel.

Ms. Davidson was previously with the law firm of Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC. She has over 14 years of combined law firm, human resources and business experience and has practiced as a labor and employment attorney in the Chicago area for almost 10 years. She has been part of two labor and employment practice groups ranked among the best in Chicago and the Nation by U.S. News and World Report and was designated by Illinois Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in her practice area for 2010, 2011 and 2012.

“As we continue our focused expansion and resultant increase in the number of employees at SMS, we are pleased to have such an experienced professional join our team at this time”, stated Jeffry Gertler, CEO.

Before practicing in a law-firm environment, Ms. Davidson worked in-house handling labor and employee relations at Rush University Medical Center and as a labor relations representative and EEO Specialist at Northern Indiana Public Service Company. She is a SPHR certified professional and obtained her law degree from Valparaiso University, with a certification in labor and employment law. Having lived and worked overseas in Perth, Western Australia, she also will provide SMS with an international perspective in the growing global scrap and steel marketplace.

Ms. Davidson has taught many seminars for continuing legal education and human resources certification providers. She contributes to several treatises published by the Labor and Employment division of the American Bar Association, including the Developing Labor Law and Age Discrimination in Employment Law. She has also written legal updates for the National Academy of Arbitrators and authored articles for industry journals.

Ms. Davidson is a founding and current member of the Board of Ambassadors and served on the executive committee as the Nominating Chair of the Future Leaders Council – two auxiliary boards of the Chicago YWCA, which is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women.

About Scrap Metal Services, LLC

Scrap Metal Services, LLC (SMS), headquartered in Burnham (Chicago), IL, operates scrap processing, steel mill services, and ship, barge, oil rig, transportation equipment (intermodal/truck/railcar) dismantling and recycling facilities throughout the United States.

SMS now operates scrap processing facilities in Illinois, Indiana, Alabama, Ohio and Texas. SMS also provides full-service scrap management, consulting and purchasing services to industrial scrap generators, demolition contractors, maritime contractors, transportation and equipment leasing companies, on a local and national basis. SMS is a supplier of ferrous and nonferrous scrap commodities to both domestic and international consumers.

SMS Mill Services, LLC is a top tier provider of scrap and slag management and mill support services for steel producers in North America, with steel mill services facilities in Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio and All Star Metals LLC, a subsidiary of SMS, on the Port of Brownsville, TX, is a licensed ship, barge and oil rig recycling, metal processing and environmental remediation contractor.