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On December 17, 2013, River Metals Recycling’s Newport recycling facility received the prestigious SHARP (Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program) designation from the Kentucky Secretary of Labor.  RMR Newport is the first recycling facility in Kentucky to earn SHARP status. River Metals Recycling (RMR) is the largest scrap recycler in Kentucky and in the greater Cincinnati area, with 9 locations in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

The Newport Kentucky facility was recognized for its commitment to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.  SHARP is one of the highest honors OSHA awards to small worksites that demonstrate an exemplary commitment to workplace safety and health.

Pictured left to right:  Bob Eviston – RMR President, Brent Charlton – RMR Safety Manager, Arvil Pennington – RMR Newport Plant Manager, Anthony Russell – Commissioner of Workplace Standards, Mark Schaefer – DJJ EVP Recycling.

Mr. Arvil Pennington, Plant Manager and Mr. Brent Charlton, Safety Manager accepted the award on behalf of the entire RMR staff.  Mr. Pennington thanked employees for their daily contribution to the company’s success, stating, “River Metals Recycling employees’ commitment to safety has never been stronger, and this award reflects the entire team’s goal of zero accidents.  Safety is our number one focus, and providing a safe work environment is our primary responsibility.”

Mr. Bob Eviston, RMR President, thanked all of the RMR employees, stating “first and foremost, to the River Metals Recycling Newport recycling team, congratulations and thank you for achieving the SHARP status!  As you know, this honor is a result of your personal commitment to working safely, as well as looking out for your fellow team mates, our customers, our suppliers, our vendors and our visitors to the recycling facility every day.  Because of your hard work, dedication and focus to working safely, you are the first recycling facility in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to achieve SHARP status.  This is a significant achievement and we are all extremely proud.”

RMR’s Newport recycling center buys ferrous scrap as well as common household nonferrous scrap metal items like aluminum cans and other aluminum, stainless steel, copper and brass products. RMR is headquartered in Crescent Springs, Kentucky and has nearly 300 employees.  RMR is wholly owned by The David J. Joseph Company (DJJ).  Founded in 1885, DJJ is one of the largest scrap brokers/processors in the United States providing scrap brokerage, recycling and transportation services.  DJJ is part of Nucor Corporation’s family of companies.  Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Nucor is the leading purchaser of ferrous scrap and the largest recycler in North America, with operating facilities primarily in the U.S. and Canada.