GRA 2014 Fall Conference

Date: Thursday, Nov 06, 2014
Time: 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM Eastern
Location: Hilton Atlanta Airport
1031 Virginia Avenue
Chattahoochee Promenade Room
Atlanta, GA 30354

GRA 2014 Fall Conference Guest Speaker

Learn about the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, how they work with the private sector, and get valuable suggestions on how recyclers can work with the EPD!

Judson H. Turner
Director, Environmental Protection Division

Judson H. Turner was appointed Director of the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources effective Jan. 1, 2012.

Mr. Turner was former Gov. Sonny Perdue's executive counsel and also served as the then-governor's legal representative in negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service regarding drought operations at the federal reservoirs of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) and Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) river basins. Read More Here

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Fortune Metal Georgia

Schnitzer Southeast

Sponsor the Annual Conference
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Georgia Recyclers Association
hosts Metal Theft Training for
Georgia Law Enforcement

The Georgia Recyclers Association organized and hosted a very successful Metal Theft Training for Georgia Law Enforcement on October 29th at the Georgia Electrical Cooperative Training Center in Monroe County near Forsyth. Over 70 members of law enforcement from across Georgia and 20 other attendees, including members of the Georgia General Assembly, the media and critical stakeholders participated in the 4 hour training session and lunch. Attendees heard from several presenters from across the state with the overall message from Sheriffs, Atlanta Police, and the Attorney General's office that the current law was working and that crime was down across the state and that it couldn't have been accomplished without the help and support of the recyclers. The training was also promoted by the Georgia Sheriff's Association and Georgia Chiefs of Police Association.

Frank Goulding, Vice President of Marketing of Newell Recycling in East Point served as the session moderator. After Goulding's opening remarks, the group was welcomed by the host of the event, Tom Parker, Vice President of External Affairs of Georgia Transmission Corporation. Georgia Transmission along with their sister companies, Oglethorpe Power and Georgia EMC were kind enough to allow the GRA to use their beautiful training center for the event. Parker spoke briefly on the rural electrical cooperatives commitment to the reduction of metal theft for many years in Georgia. Read more ....

Chip Koplin
Schnitzer Steel Industries, Macon
GRA Immediate Past President

Officers:

President, Rick Caldwell
Schnitzer Southeast, Atlanta
rcaldwell@schn.com

Treasurer/Secretary, Linda Lott
Newell Recycling
llott@Newellrecycling.com

Vice-President, Michael Fairman
Glynn Iron & Steel, Brunswick
mlfairman@bellsouth.net

Immediate Past President, I Chip Koplin
Schnitzer Southeast, Macon
ckoplin@schn.com

Board of Directors:

Madison Elliott
Southern Metals Recycling
madison@southernmetalsusa.com

Mel Folse
Blaze Recycling & Metals
mfolse@blazerecycling.com

Gary Kamp
Metro Alloys
gkamp@metroalloysinc.com

Nick Cantrell
Waycross Recycling
nick@waycrossrecycling.com

Rick Gates
Fortune Metals
rickgates@fortunegroup.net

Dan Sterling
Direct Metals
daniel.sterling@yahoo.com

Executive Director:

Lenora Kopkin
lenora@proapg.com (770) 381-9616

Governmental Affairs Consultant:

Brian Hudson, The Hudson Group
brian@thehudsongroupllc.com

As you are aware, there has been a great deal of legislative activity in Georgia recently on the subject of metals theft.

The substantial expense involved with this has been paid by the New Southern Chapter of ISRI. Since this has become a large recurring expense, the ISRI chapter is no longer able to fund our legislative efforts at the same level. Due to the need for funds to continue our important work, several years ago, decision was made to re-establish a state recycling association.

We would like for you to become a member of this important organization. We have spent a considerable amount of resources educating the legislators, law enforcement and other stakeholders that our industry is not to blame for the metal theft problem.

We continue to educate all involved that the Georgia recycling industry is a major stakeholder in the theft issue - but that we can HELP all involved on the subject of metal theft.

We are aware that many of you are currently involved in your respective areas of Georgia - working with law enforcement, prosecutors, legislators and others to communicate and address the issue of metal theft. We are grateful for this help and hope that it will continue. We do feel that it is critical that we, as a unified industry, become better organized to address these issues and to better educate ourselves and others in Georgia about metal theft and other important issues to our industry.

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