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Scrap industry veteran Lawrence Sax dies

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NEW YORK — Scrap industry veteran Lawrence "Larry" Sax died Dec. 17 in Cobourg, Ontario. He was 80.

Sax, who began his career in 1955 at his grandfather’s recycling business, J. Sax & Co., in Chelsea, Mass., worked for companies in nearly every facet of the aluminum industry, including Barmet Aluminum Corp., Akron, Ohio; Castech Aluminum, also of Akron; and Girard, Ohio-based Easco Aluminum. Following his retirement, he worked as an editorial consultant for Recycling Today Global Edition magazine from 2008 to 2012.

Sax was an active participant in several national recycling organizations, including the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Washington, and the Brussels-based Bureau of International Recycling, where he was president of the nonferrous division board of directors for eight years.

"I was quite fortunate at the start of my career in that I was able to work side by side with my dad," said David Sax, senior nonferrous trading manager at Irving, Texas-based Commercial Metals Co. "He taught me all of the fundamentals for running a proper metals recycling operation. I was very proud of his accomplishments at ISRI and BIR. Of course, our relationship went well beyond work. We always remained very close. I will miss him dearly."

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