Garber dives in at ISA, upbeat on turnaround

Dec 10, 2013 | 04:03 PM | Lisa Gordon

Tags  metals recycler, Algar, Industrial Services of America, ISA, Sean Garber, Harry Kletter, recycling, stainless scrap alloy scrap

PITTSBURGH — Industrial Services of America Inc.’s (ISA’s) new top executive recognizes that there are problems at the metals recycler, but is confident that a turnaround is possible.

Sean Garber last week was named president of ISA, Louisville, Ky., as part of a three-year management deal with Louisville-based metals recycler Algar Inc., where he serves as chairman and chief executive officer (, Dec. 4).

His appointment comes as ISA, a full-service metal recycler involved in the used auto parts business, has been plagued by a financial losing streak, the loss of top executives and a short-lived management agreement with a company not active in recycling (, April 1).

Garber has been spending his first official week on the job getting to know each of ISA’s 131 employees. "This is day five of my job and I am listening and finding out what is going on. It won’t take long. I am not one of these guys who does analysis paralysis, and I know we need to move fast," he said.....

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