Universal Scrap Metals Newsletter Volume 1 | Issue 2 | October 2022

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USM Mission

USM strives to become incrementally better every day realizing that success is detailed and cumulative. We work on a daily basis toward serving our customers through consistent improvement of process, infrastructure, and employee safety, health, and satisfaction.

Since 1972, the USM commitment to excellence gives our customers peace of mind in knowing that their recyclables are processed in a safe and environmentally-friendly way that follows all EPA and accrediting environmental standards. We take pride in offering accurate, transparent reporting, and outstanding customer service.

Credit Union partnership pays off for Adrienne Clark

A few months ago, the US Matters team wanted to find a way to help USM employees with their banking needs. In the past year, USM has established a partnership with United Credit Union to fill that need.

Adrienne Clark, an administrative assistant with USM Charter Alloys and Masters & Alloy, took advantage of the new partnership and wants everyone at USM to know about the wonderful experience she had with United Credit Union.

“I was getting ready to buy a car anyway, so it was perfect timing,” said Adrienne. “It was smooth, they got right back to me. Everyone in there was nice.”

After Adrienne had been approved for a car loan with United Credit Union, she went down to her dealership to buy her new vehicle. But the dealership was trying to tack on thousands of dollars to the car she wanted, and Adrienne refused to go above her loan amount. So she got her United Credit Union loan officer, Miss Suggs, on the phone with the dealership.

“I’m capable of negotiating myself, but she took the wheel,” Adrienne said. I cannot believe this woman — she’s amazing. She fought so hard for me, to the point that the manager came and intervened.”

In the end, Adrienne was able to purchase her car — a 2022 Mazda CX-5 — at the price she wanted.

“I literally paid for what the car was worth,” Adrienne said.

General Manager Holly Mraz hopes Adrienne’s experience with USM’s new financial partner is just the first of many.

“I’m so glad Adrienne was able to use this partnership to buy her new car,” said Holly. “United Credit Union is such a great resource to have for our employees. I hope that more of our employees take advantage of the relationship that the US Matters team has made available to them.”

Featured employee

Noe Hernandez

Originally hired in September 2020, Noe now is in charge of inventorying all material at the Fulton building. He works under Mark McQuen, who has been with USM for over 20 years. Mark says Noe is driven and a fast learner with a great personality. Noe is very focused and self-motivated. He has been taking the weekly English classes USM offers at the Fulton campus, putting him on track to become a manager. He is looking forward to continuing his English classes, and also would like to learn more about Excel and ROM. 

We are very excited for Noe’s future with USM!

Day at Dave & Buster’s

USM is hosting a fun-filled afternoon at Dave & Buster’s! You don’t want to miss this!

From 11am-2pm on Sunday, October 16th, USM employees and their immediate family are invited to join their co-workers at Dave & Buster’s in Addison (1155 N. Swift Road). The event is FREE!

There is still time to sign up! Let you manager know ASAP, or reach out to Holly Mraz at: [email protected].

$75 in groceries every month!

Every month for the rest of 2022, eligible USM employees will receive a $75 gift certificate to a local grocery store.

The first gift certificates were issued in September. The October, November & December gift cards will be issued mid-month.

The gift certificates can be used at two locally owned grocery store chains: Carnicerias Jimenez or Supermercados el güero. Employees will receive certificates for the store closest to their home address.
If a certificate from the other store is preferred, or if you have questions, contact Dennis Klein at: [email protected].

Winter is coming

As the days get shorter and the temperatures start dropping, we all will be spending more time inside. Please stay aware that we may see a rise in Covid cases. Continue to be cautious and safe and wear your mask — not only at work, but anytime you are indoors and in close contact with others.


USM is offering free English classes to employees from 4-6pm on Tuesdays at the Fulton campus. Iliana teaches English from Remedial to Advanced. If you would like to join the class, just ask your manager.

USM is considering offering computer classes. If you are interested, please let your manager know. We need to hear you to make it happen!

Are your boots worn out? USM will give you up to $150 per year for a new pair of boots. All you have to do is bring your receipt to your manager to get reimbursed!

USM offers many resources for our employees like 401K and FSA (An arrangement through USM that lets you pay for many out-of-pocket medical expenses with tax-free dollars)

USM Texts: Are you receiving them? If not, please give your phone number to your manager to be added to the list. You don’t want to miss important news and information — or if you are picked as one of the lucky weekly raffle winners!

Have an idea? Is there something you would like to see added to our newsletter?

Feel free to send us an email at: [email protected]

We can’t guarantee it will be added but we will certainly try!

 COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Dear USM Team Members,

The US Matters Team continues to meet on a weekly basis to discuss the status of the Covid 19 virus and would like to inform of the current Covid 19 situation within the USM community. We are pleased to announce that everyone remains safe and healthy and it is because that all employees continue to follow the prevention of disease guidelines. This is a tremendous accomplishment that we should all be proud of. 

The next task for the US Matters Team is to work with our current Clinics to set up a vaccination program for Covid 19 with the goal of being able to offer them on a yearly basis along with our Flu and Tetanus vaccinations. Although we remain eligible now for the vaccine, it has not been determined when we will be able to set up vaccinations internally due to low distribution in our area. However, there are many vaccination sites open to the public now that can be found by using the link below. We encourage everyone to take advantage and try to schedule an appointment for their vaccinations. 


Lastly, we would like to remind you that St. Patrick’s Day is approaching, and it will be very tempting to get together in large groups such as in restaurants or other common areas. We would like to remind that we encourage you not to gather in large groups as there is still a chance of spread outside the USM community.  

Please take care of yourself and let us know if there is anything that you need in the meantime. 

Thank you for all that you do.

Warm Regards,

The USM Covid Action Team

Estimados miembros del equipo  de USM,  

El Equipo de Asuntos de los Estados Unidos continúa reunándose semanalmente para discutir el estado del virus Covid 19 y desea informar de la situación actual de Covid 19 dentro de la comunidad del USM. Por favor, debemos anunciar que todos siguen siendo seguros y saludables y es porque todos los empleados siguen las directrices de prevención de enfermedades. Este es un logro tremendo del que todos deberíamos estar orgullosos.

La siguiente tarea para el Equipo de Asuntos de los Estados Unidos es trabajar con nuestras clínicas actuales para establecer un programa de vacunación para Covid 19 con el objetivo de poder ofrecerlas anualmente junto con nuestras vacunas contra la gripe y el tétanos. Aunque ahora seguimos siendo elegibles para la vacuna, no se ha determinado cuándo podremos establecer vacunas internamente debido a la baja distribución en nuestra área. Sin embargo, hay muchos sitios de vacunación abiertos al público ahora que se pueden encontrar mediante el uso del siguiente enlace. Animamos a todos a aprovecharse y tratar de programar una cita para sus vacunas.


Por último, nos gustaría recordarles que se acerca el Día de San Patricio, y será muy tentador reunirse en grandes grupos como en restaurantes u otras zonas comunes. Nos gustaría recordarles que  le animamos a no reunirse en grandes grupos, ya que todavía existe la posibilidad de extenderse fuera de la comunidad del USM.

Por favor, cuídate y háganos saber si hay algo que necesite mientras tanto.

Gracias por todo lo que haces.  

Saludos cálidos,

El Equipo de Acción Covid de USM

 Chicago Based USM, Inc. Launches Base Metals Group, LLC

Former Pure Metal Recycling/Acme Refining executive and sales team members join Universal Scrap Metals, Inc. (USM) newest subsidiary, Base Metals Group, LLC.

CHICAGO – Universal Scrap Metal, Inc. (USM) is proud to announce Base Metals Group, LLC as a new subsidiary to its list of synergetic recycling companies. BMG will be operating out of USM’s Alsip, IL location.
With former Pure Metal Recycling/Acme Refining VP of Sales and 25 year veteran Mike O’Malley at the helm, joined by a talented team of executive, sales and administrative professionals from the now the defunct Pure Metal Recycling, Base Metals Group will continue to exemplify their expertise of extraordinary customer relations to complement USM’s 50 years of experience, well designed infrastructure and solid reputation in the industry.
“The people that make up BMG are the some of the most talented and knowledgeable professionals in the industry who have always had the goal of providing what is right for the customer,” said O’Malley. “We are thrilled to launch a company that can and will fully support that vision. It is not about who has the most tons; it is about what is good for the customer.”
To keep learn more about USM and the launch of Base Metals Group, visit https://usmrecycle.wpengine.com.
USM, Inc. operates 7 locations throughout Chicago, Central Illinois and Kentucky including USM, Inc., USM Processing, USM Alumacycle, USM Charter Alloys, USM Recycling, and USMe along with its new subsidiary company, Base Metals Group, LLC. The USM companies specialize in ferrous, non-ferrous, high nickel alloy, specialty copper processing, UBC and electronics recycling.

 Did You Know that Recycling Saves on Energy?

The recycling industry is an essential player in environmental protection, resource conservation and sustainable expansion. Recycling saves remarkable amounts of energy which reduces greenhouse gas emissions. 10 lbs of aluminum cans reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 16 lbs, which is the energy equivalent of 7 gallons of gasoline.

An average bale of aluminum cans will weigh 1,100 lbs, reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 1,760 lbs.