Corp. veteran Phillip R. Bedwell, corporate logistics and
transportation resources manager, has retired after more than
three decades with the company.
Bedwell worked in the
transportation industry for 44 years, 32 years of which were
spent at OmniSource.
"There are a lot of changes I
see coming down the road in the recycling and transportation
industry, and it was time to step aside and let some of the
young ones take over," the 66-year old told AMM.
Scott Keuneke succeeds Bedwell,
with whom he has worked for 16 years along with a group of
Bedwell has watched OmniSource
grow to a company that owns or leases 1,900 railcars and 389
trucks serving 82 recycling locations and mills from one with
27 trucks and no rail cars at three locations, he said.
As for future changes along the
route, Bedwell expects consolidation of scrapyards to continue
and sees 2014 as a strong one for the industry.
"We have been seeing sideways
moves and are on a plateau, but things are starting to pick up.
It will be a couple more quarters until the incline, but I see
a big jump coming in 2014 as some industries are starting to
pick up," he said.
Consolidation will increase in
the scrap industry as large metals recyclers deepen their
foothold in existing markets over the next two years.
"We are going to lose more mom
and pops that have been the roots in the industry. It will be a
combination of it becoming harder for them to compete or they
dont have the family members to take over the
organizations. The larger organizations will continue to come
in and make it easy for sellers to bow out gracefully," Bedwell
Bedwell always ran his
operations one man short to force employees to become better
assets to the company, he said.
"Its been a very good
thing because it has forced people to learn about
transportation. Being short one person means that when people
come in they are going to have a full plate that day, and if
someone was off others could cover for him. This enabled the
people replacing me to be just as good because they were
cross-trained from the bottom to the top," Bedwell said, adding
that it served him well to be open minded and not cast blame
during stressful moments. "You must have respect for others and
know everyone by their first name."
The management at OmniSource has
always been willing to listen before speaking, Bedwell said.
"It made my job so much better being surrounded by really great
people," he said.
The best change Bedwell has
witnessed in the modernization of transportation is the speed
of information. "When you sent a truck driver on the road 30
years ago you didnt hear from him for two or three days,
and now you can pinpoint him at all times within 50 feet," he