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A financial STABILITY that provides the assets and resources to satisfy customers requirements. It takes a financially strong organization to provide the reliability suppliers and customers demand and deserve at alter trading, we meet that demand.

Company Profile

company Our sound financial base has permitted timely expansion and investment in efficient equipment, which allows us to maintain absolute dependability for our customers. In line with our history of innovation, today Alter utilizes a web-based order tracking system to ensure timely and accurate product delivery. This system gives our suppliers and customers complete visibility to all transactions with us, including the corresponding detail and up to the minute status.

Alter has a reputation for innovation in the scrap metal industry. Our processing facilities are state-of-the-art. We're one of the largest recyclers of ferrous and non-ferrous metals in the country serving industrial clients and salvage operations of every kind. Alter continues to develop new and expanded services and capabilities to meet the changing needs of its clients and the marketplace.

Our Team

Robert S. Goldstein

Robert S. Goldstein Robert S. Goldstein joined Alter Trading Corporation in 1977 and held various operating and marketing positions until being named President in 1989. He served as President through 2012 when a successor was named. In 2003, Mr. Goldstein was named Chairman and CEO of Alter Trading Corporation. In 2009, he was named Chairman and CEO of Goldstein Group, Inc., parent company of Alter Trading and continues to serve in both of those roles today. In addition, Mr. Goldstein is an officer and director of affiliated real estate development and transportation businesses involved in inland marine logistics and terminal operations. Mr. Goldstein also serves as a Chairman at the Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISLE). Mr. Goldstein is a 1977 graduate of Tulane University where he earned a B.S. degree in economics.

Tim Oliver

Tim Oliver Senior Vice President and CFO of Alter Trading and CFO of the Goldstein Group. Prior to joining GGI, Tim served as CFO of MEMC, an electronic and alternative energy materials company, and as the CFO of Metavante (now FIS) a financial services and solutions company. He spent nearly 12 years preparing for his CFO roles with increasingly senior positions across all multiple financial disciplines and industries at several S&P 500 companies including Rockwell Automation, Raytheon Company, Honeywell, and AlliedSignal. Before launching his career in operational Finance, Tim spent 5 years as an Investment Banker and Bond Trader at Bear Stearns and Kidder Peabody in New York. Tim earned a BA in Economics from Williams College, and an MBA from the Stern school of Business at New York University.

Jay Robinovitz

Jay Robinovitz President and Chief Operating Officer joined Alter Trading in Sept 2009 As Senior Vice President and Chief Officer of Operations. Jay brings over 35 years of experience in the metal recycling industry to Alter Trading. Prior to joining Alter Jay was employed by Schnitzer Steel Industries where he held various senior management positions including Vice President of Business Development and Major Capital Investments, VP and COO of the Auto Parts Division, and VP of Northwest Operations with full P&L responsibility for operations that included three shredding operations and multiple deep water port facilities. Prior to that Mr. Robinovitz was General Manager, Ferrous Division, Aerospace Metals, Inc., Hartford, Connecticut.
Mr. Robinovitz has been an active member of the industry at large and has worked to change regulations surrounding scrap theft, increase the recycling abilities of plastics, and champion global environmentally sustainable recycling practices.

Don H. Martin

Don H. Martin Senior Vice President of Ferrous Marketing since 1997, is a Certified Public Accountant with an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Toledo. Don was an Accountant for 5 years before joining Luria Brothers in 1979. At Luria, Don served in several accounting positions, including Assistant Controller, before assuming responsibilities in scrap facility management. Before joining Alter, Don was Area Manager for Luria with full P & L responsibility, including marketing, for three Luria scrap processing plants.

David Klein

David Klein Vice President of Non-Ferrous Marketing and Trading, David joined Alter Trading in 2004 as a Non-Ferrous Trader responsible for various sales and purchasing duties as well as overseeing physical and terminal market positions. In July 2012 he was promoted to the position of Director of Nonferrous Marketing and in 2014 David was named Vice President Nonferrous Marketing and Trading. In 2016 he assumed responsibility for all Nonferrous Marketing for the Company. Prior to joining Alter he worked as an Aluminum Trader specializing in importing secondary aluminum ingot and scrap. David has a BA degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master of Business Administration from Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO.

Michael E. Vail

Michael E. Vail Vice President of Operations, came to Alter in December 2010 and is based out of our Omaha, Nebraska facility. He currently manages 25 facilities in various states. Mr. Vail received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University and his MBA from St. Martin's College. He retired from the military after serving 9 years as a Field Artillery Officer in the U. S. Army. Mike received numerous medals, badges and commendations for exemplary service. He served in multiple domestic and foreign locations acquiring unique leadership experiences and skills. Mike has worked in progressive leadership roles and has served as the Plant Manager for General Metals of Tacoma and Schnitzer Steel Industries (Tacoma), General Manager for Louisville Scrap Metal and General Manager and Vice President of Operations for Metro Metals in Portland Oregon. Mike brings tremendous experience in all facets of operations including ferrous and nonferrous production, marine terminal and rail car operations.

Robert G. Ellis

Robert G. Ellis Senior Vice President and General Counsel, has been with Alter Trading Corporation and its affiliated entities since 1991. In his current capacities, Mr. Ellis is responsible for the management and oversight of all legal matters involving the company, including but not limited to all litigation, contracts, mergers & acquisitions, corporate filings, and regulatory compliance. He also serves as General Counsel for the company's affiliated entities including Goldstein Group, Inc., Alter Company, Alter River Terminals and Green Bridge Company. Mr. Ellis received a B.A. degree with Phi Beta Kappa honors in political science and economics from Iowa State University, and a J.D. degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. He has been a licensed member of the Iowa bar since 1984. He was engaged in the private practice of law for seven years prior to joining Alter.

Robert A. Rosencrants

                                                            A. Rosencrants Bob joined Alter Trading in 1977 and is currently Vice President of Operations for both Ferrous and Non Ferrous operations responsible for 26 operating facilities within multiple regions. Bob is based out of Des Moines, IA. Although Bob has been with Alter for over 38 years, although his extensive experience in the metals management industry began much earlier in his family's scrap metal business. Mr. Rosencrants earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Truman State University, and he initially joined Alter as a management trainee. Over the years Bob assumed additional management responsibilities within Alter and has earned a reputation for leadership, training, and developing well run facilities. Bob was instrumental in implementing the original "Wrench & Go" concept to the Alter operations which is a self-service auto parts business with facilities in both Des Moines, IA and Milwaukee, WI. Bob also continues to champion and develop a continuous business planning process aimed at bringing consistency and a metric based measurement of performance to Alter operations.

Community Involvement

Alter Metal Recycling facilities actively support the communities they serve.

For example, the Alter facility in Dubuque, Iowa has supported the following organizations: Dubuque County Fair, Dubuque Fire Works, Festival of Lights, Wild Turkey Federation, High School Hockey.

The Quincy, Illinois facility has been involved in supporting the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of American and other charitable organizations through aluminum can collections, metal drives, and other fundraising initiatives.

Waterloo, Iowa has participated in The Don Duncan Memorial Golf Tournament and supply containers for Cedar Valley clean-ups whenever possible.

Grand Island particiapted in Husker Harvest Days in September.

Check out our individual location web pages to see what we're doing in your community.

We are always looking for additional ways to give back to the communities, so if you have ideas or sponsorship questions, please email support@altertrading.com. Check back for future sponsorships and event details and to find out more about our fun promotional events, customer appreciation days and giveaways!

Company Video

View our recently released corporate video below to learn more about Alter Trading Corporation.

Navigating the Century More information on the history of Alter Trading is available in the book "Navigating the Century" written by Bernard Goldstein with William Petre and on the video "Navigating the Century - The Legacy of Frank Alter".

If you would like to receive a copy of the book, please contact us by email.