NEW YORK Steel industry
veteran Joseph Koppelman, chairman of service center Mid-West
Materials Inc., died Sunday. He was 94.
Koppelman co-founded the company
in 1952 and oversaw its growth into a 240,000-square-foot
facility, the Perry, Ohio-based processor and distributor said.
He was named the Association of Steel Distributors Steel
Man of the Year in 1962 and served as president of the
association from 1968 to 1969.
Noreen Koppelman Goldstein, was named president of Mid-West
Materials in 1995, while grandsons Brian Robbins and Bradley
Robbins serve as chief executive officer and vice president,
respectively. Mid-West Materials has not yet named a new
chairman, a company spokesman told AMM.
"With the passing of Joseph
Koppelman, my mother, brother and I have not only lost a father
and grandfather, but someone who instilled in us the values
that will guide our families and company for generations to
come," Brian Robbins said in a statement
Koppelman leaves a widow,
Vivian, two daughters, four grandchildren and nine
Services are scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at the
Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel in Cleveland Heights,
Ohio. Memorial contributions can be made to the University
Hospitals of Cleveland Heart and Vascular Institute, the Jewish
National Fund or the Cleveland Jewish Federation of