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February 26, 2002
Alcoa Honors 14 Suppliers for Outstanding UBC Quality
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 26, 2002--Alcoa Rigid
Packaging, one of Alcoa's largest business units, announced today the
selection of 14 companies to receive Alcoa UBC Supplier Quality Awards
for shipments of outstanding quality used beverage containers (UBCs)
The winners include:
-- Alter Scrap Processing, Davenport (IA) Division
-- Cohen & Green, Fayetteville, NC
-- Consolidated Beverage, Worchester, MA
-- Fulton Supply and Recycling, Denton, TX
-- L. Knife and Sons, Inc., Kingston, MA
-- Metropolitan Mining Company, Bronx, NY
-- Mid America Recycling, Des Moines, IA
-- Morristown Iron and Metals, Morristown, TN
-- Quality Beverage, Taunton, MA
-- Star Cooperative, Vestal NY
-- Valley Metals, Harlingen, TX
-- Valley Recycling, Chandler, AZ
-- Yaffe Metals, Tulsa, OK
-- West Virginia Cashin Recyclables, Nitro, WV
Created in 1997, the Alcoa UBC Supplier Quality Awards spotlight
the importance of high quality UBCs in the remelting process and in
eliminating potential hazards for employees.
According to Bryan Steverson, chairman of the Alcoa Rigid
Packaging UBC quality committee, consistency is key. "Month after
month, load after load, these firms make it their top priority to
provide clean, dry UBCs that are virtually free of moisture, dirt,
glass, plastic and other materials," he said. "They serve as a
standard for the nearly 2,000 companies who ship UBCs to Alcoa, and we
applaud their hard work and focus," Steverson said.
Several firms are making repeat appearances on this prestigious
list. Fulton Supply and Recycling, L. Knife and Sons and Valley
Recycling are now three-time winners; Star Cooperative and Valley
Metals are two-time winners. "That's impressive, but not surprising,"
Steverson said. "These are companies that really take quality
seriously, the kind of folks who take a last walk around each bale to
make sure everything is just right."
The elimination of contaminants from UBC shipments has a direct
impact on the quality and cost of recycled aluminum cans as well as
the safety of employees involved in the recycling process.
Alcoa Rigid Packaging produces aluminum sheet for the beverage and
food can industries and leads Alcoa's aluminum can recycling
activities. Alcoa is one of the nation's largest consumers of UBCs.