Schnitzer Steel Industries

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Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.
Industry steel, scrap metal
Founded 1906, Portland, Oregon
Headquarters Portland, Oregon,
United States
Key people
John D. Carter, Chairman
Tamara L. Lundgren, CEO[1]
Products finished steel (rebar, wire rod)
Revenue DecreaseUS$$1.915 billion (FY 2015) [2]
Decrease -US$$196 million (FY 2015)
Decrease -US$$190 million (FY 2015)
Total assets Decrease US$$962.299 million (FY 2015)
Total equity Decrease US$$538.551 million (FY 2015)
Number of employees
2,955 (2015) [3]
Divisions Metals Recycling, Auto Parts,
Subsidiaries Cascade Steel Rolling Mills, Inc., Pick-N-Pull

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. is an American steel manufacturing and scrap metal recycling company headquartered in Portland, Oregon.

In 2004, the company was ranked fourth in The Seattle Times Northwest 100 list of public companies.[4] In 2006, it was the tenth largest public company in Oregon by market capitalization.[5] In 2014, Schnitzer ranked 803rd on the Fortune 1000 list of the largest companies in the United States.[6]


Founded in 1906 by Russian immigrant Sam Schnitzer, the company started as a one-person scrap metal recycler.[7] In 1946, the company incorporated. The company went public in 1993 via an initial public offering (IPO) of $18 per share for 2,750,000 shares.[8]


Schnitzer acquired Pick-n-Pull, a Stockton, California-based vehicle recycler in 2003.[9] In 2005, Schnitzer Steel acquired GreenLeaf Auto Recyclers, LLC and Regional Recycling LLC.[7] The company also purchased Maine Metal Recycling in 2005, a major ferrous and non-ferrous buyer based out of Auburn, Maine. The company purchased Max Cohen and Sons, a metals recycler based in New Hampshire, in December 2006.[10] By the end of 2006 Schnitzer operated 28 facilities in 11 states,[10] and by December 2007 increased the number of facilities to 34.[11]

Legal record[edit]

Bribery allegations[edit]

In December 2007, the Securities and Exchange Commission levied charges against former chairman and CEO Robert Philip for allegedly violating bribery laws as part of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in relation to dealings with Chinese steel mills.[12] In 2008, Tamara Lundgren became the chief executive officer with John Carter leaving that position to become the chairman of the board.[13]

Family control and supermajority voting shares[edit]

The Schnitzer family had maintained control of the corporation through supermajority voting rights until January 2010, when family members had sold off stock and dropped their stake in the company to less than 20 percent.[14]


The company’s primary activities are collecting, processing and recycling scrap metal (ferrous and nonferrous metal) and producing finished steel products such as rebar and wire rod from the recycled materials.[15] With operations in both the U.S. and Asia, Schnitzer's activities are divided into three operating groups: Metals Recycling, Steel Manufacturing, and Auto Parts.[15]

Cascade Steel mill in McMinnville, Oregon

The Metals Recycling unit purchases scrap metal and processes that metal for sale to other domestic and international steel makers.[15] The Auto Parts division buys salvaged vehicles to scrap for parts at its auto parts retailers, and then recycles any remaining portions of the vehicles to recyclers.[15] The Steel Manufacturing group makes finished products such as merchant wire, rebar, and coiled rebar, as well as other specialty products.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Schnitzer: Executive Team
  2. ^ "Schnitzer Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2015 Financial Results". Schnitzer Steel. October 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ 2015 10-K
  4. ^ Eclectic group tops ranking of the region's strongest public companies. The Seattle Times, June 4, 2004.
  5. ^ The Oregonian Top 50, July 2, 2006
  6. ^ "Fortune 1000 Companies List for 2014". Geolounge. August 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b 2006 Annual Report. Schnitzer Steel. Retrieved on April 19, 2007.
  8. ^ "Heaps of Junk Metal Bringing Piles of Cash to Company". Los Angeles Times. May 30, 1996. 
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  10. ^ a b Schnitzer Steel closes deal for recycler. Portland Business Journal, December 15, 2006.
  11. ^ Schnitzer Steel announces financial executive changes. Portland Business Journal, December 7, 2007.
  12. ^ Kenney, Brad. Scrapping With the Chinese: Schnitzer Steel Industries. IndustryWeek, March 6, 2008.
  13. ^ Saker, Anne (November 4, 2008). "Schnitzer Steel names new CEO". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  14. ^ Hunsberger, Brent (January 27, 2010). "Schnitzer family sells stock, loses control of steel company". The Oregonian. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  15. ^ a b c d e Schnitzer Steel Industries. Wright Reports. Retrieved on April 19, 2007.

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