Harry Kletter, a scrap industry icon and founder of Industrial
Services of America Inc. (ISA), died Jan. 4. He was 86.
"We are extremely
saddened by the passing of Harry Kletter. He was a strong,
larger-than-life character who impacted the lives of everyone
connected with ISA," said Orson Oliver, chairman of the
Louisville, Ky.-based scrap processor. "I have enjoyed a
professional and personal relationship with Harry for almost 40
years, and will always remember him as a brilliant visionary,
entrepreneur and friend."
Tri-City Baling Co., a predecessor to ISA that was in the waste
services industry, in the early 1950s. In 1969, Tri-City became
the first waste company to go public, after which Kletter
changed the name of the company to Industrial Services of
leadership as chairman and chief executive officer for nearly
three decades, the Louisville yard has grown to a 60-acre auto
salvage, shredding and scrap processing facility from a 20-acre
"Kletter continued to
go into his office at ISA regularly, demonstrating his intense
passion for the company he founded and built," the company said
in a press release.
for the scrap industry was no secret. His retirement was
announced on and off the record numerous times, but he always
found a reason to delay his departure. He finally stepped down
last spring after more than 60 years in the industry (
amm.com, May 9).
Discussing his pending retirement, Kletter told AMM
he planned to spend time mentoring and educating the younger
generation about the nature of the business (
amm.com, Jan. 18).
Kletter is survived by his wife Bobbie, three daughters, a son,
six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Kletter will
be laid to rest in Bloomington, Ind. A celebration of his life
is scheduled for Jan. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Kaden Tower