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Mid-West Materials chairman Joseph Koppelman dies

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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.

Koppelman’s daughter, 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 great-grandchildren.

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 Cleveland.

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