Sturgis Iron & Metal Files Bankruptcy Protection

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Sturgis Iron & Metal has filed for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Grand Rapids, Mich. via Recycling Today

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slap in our face

United States

#1 Apr 27, 2008
MR.LEVEN NEVER LET HIS EMPLOYES KNOW WHAT WAS
GOING ON.YES HE SENT A LETTER OUT INFORMING US
ABOUT A BUYOUT,BUT THAT WAS IT!!!GOOD WORKERS
WERE AND ARE TREATED LIKE S*** AND FAMILY MEMBERS
ARE STILL SITTING AROUND TALKING ON THE PHONE OR
DOING THERE NAILS AND GETTING PAID $13.00 AN HOUR.
ASK CHUCK KELLY, ITS ONE OF HIS.IF THE ACCOUNTS
CAN NOT BE PAID WHY CAN THEY?I MEAN WHATS MORE
IMPORTANT!MABY MR.LEVEN SHOULD LOOK INTO HIS PAYROOL A LITTLE BETTER.
fort wayne junk cars

United States

#2 Apr 27, 2008
sturgis burned our company for about $12,000 and nearly put us out of business and then laughed about it. they are crooks and con artists. they should be criminally prosecuted and locked up with all of the scum and dirtbags like themselves.
Personal Opinion

United States

#3 Apr 30, 2008
Well slap in our face, I was just wandering how you could "compare" an operations manager of one yard to the actual owner of the company. Chuck Kelley runs the Elkhart yard and has no control of what the Levin's do. The CEO of the company decided who got laid off and who didn't.
MY view

Troy, MI

#4 May 2, 2008
The Levins don't care what happens to there employees or there families, if they did they would have ran there company like a business instead of using it as a personal bank. Don't get me wrong they are intilted to live a little better then some. They just seem to forget who was making them there money. I personally feel like they left there employees in the dark on everything. There is NO REASON they could not be a little more forth coming on information. The employees get more information from reading a news article then they do from the people they have made RICH! Make no mistakes the Levins will all still be living high on the hog while there ex-employees struggle to put food on the table.
Just remeber one think .......The rich man gets to dance while the poor man pays the band.
Amazed

Coldwater, MI

#5 May 3, 2008
Everyone should read the bankruptcy filings on the amount of monies still owed to the poor owners on the payroll. It is totally out and out without any morals that the wonderful family that a few idiots think were so great could do this. It will not bother them in the least. Look for them in your local businesses still spending lots of money without jobs. I feel sorry for any of the employees left that would have to deal with the family and their, (blaming everyone else) for what happened. They do not care. Best of luck to all that were left with scars from the (wonderful) family.
another view

United States

#6 May 6, 2008
mr slap in the face obviously you used to work for them and if you are who i think you are you don't have any room to talk mr 16.00 an hour to talk to your girlfriend while your suppose to be working. you have no room to judge chuck kelley or anyone else at that company maybe if you did your job you wouldn't have gotten laid off. think of that. Chuck had no say so in who got laid off and who didn't. and to inform you a little more, the "his own" their job is to talk on the phone, that is a job requirement for the sales dept. or for parts dept. so it doesn't matter which one of "his own" you are talking about that IS their job. so have a nice day, next time get a clue.
Amazed

Coldwater, MI

#7 May 7, 2008
Hey when Sturgis got busted before they said it was two employees messing with tickets! Did anyone ever see where Sturgis filed charges against those employees????? Mr. Slap in the face you seem to know alot about the company, maybe you can find out who those employees were and if they were ever charged.
anonymous

Kalamazoo, MI

#8 May 12, 2008
slap in our face wrote:
MR.LEVEN NEVER LET HIS EMPLOYES KNOW WHAT WAS
GOING ON.YES HE SENT A LETTER OUT INFORMING US
ABOUT A BUYOUT,BUT THAT WAS IT!!!GOOD WORKERS
WERE AND ARE TREATED LIKE S*** AND FAMILY MEMBERS
ARE STILL SITTING AROUND TALKING ON THE PHONE OR
DOING THERE NAILS AND GETTING PAID $13.00 AN HOUR.
ASK CHUCK KELLY, ITS ONE OF HIS.IF THE ACCOUNTS
CAN NOT BE PAID WHY CAN THEY?I MEAN WHATS MORE
IMPORTANT!MABY MR.LEVEN SHOULD LOOK INTO HIS PAYROOL A LITTLE BETTER.
Mr. Levin was only allowed to release certain
information. He has a great concern for all
of his employees. He was not trying to keep
secrets from you. He was told what he was
allowed to do. Why are people so quick to
forget what he has done for his employees in
the past. He did not want this to happen so
please do not act as it was done to you
personally. Mr. Levin started from nothing and
worked his whole life to build this business. Do
you really think he wanted it to end up this way?!
I'm sorry you have such a hatred for the family.
You know nothing about them so please do not believe everything you hear.
anonymous

Kalamazoo, MI

#9 May 12, 2008
Amazed wrote:
Everyone should read the bankruptcy filings on the amount of monies still owed to the poor owners on the payroll. It is totally out and out without any morals that the wonderful family that a few idiots think were so great could do this. It will not bother them in the least. Look for them in your local businesses still spending lots of money without jobs. I feel sorry for any of the employees left that would have to deal with the family and their,(blaming

everyone else) for what happened. They do not care. Best of luck to all that were left with scars from the (wonderful) family.
Who are you to say the family does not care?
You are totally not justified to say that! The
family does care and did not want things to
end up like this. Every body is so quick to
slam " the family." You do not even know the
family or you would not be so quick to judge them.
anonymous

Kalamazoo, MI

#10 May 12, 2008
MY view wrote:
The Levins don't care what happens to there employees or there families, if they did they would have ran there company like a business instead of using it as a personal bank. Don't get me wrong they are intilted to live a little better then some. They just seem to forget who was making them there money. I personally feel like they left there employees in the dark on everything. There is NO REASON they could not be a little more forth coming on information. The employees get more information from reading a news article then they do from the people they have made RICH! Make no mistakes the Levins will all still be living high on the hog while there ex-employees struggle to put food on the table.
Just remeber one think .......The rich man gets to dance while the poor man pays the band.
Once again, Mr. Levin was told what
information he could release. He DOES care about
his employees and their families. Do you forget
about everything he has done in the past? He did
not want this to happen. He realizes every employee is a very important part of the overall
business. It is sad how fast people forget all
the years of employment they had. Please do not
vent and say things that are not true about the
family.
MY view

Troy, MI

#11 May 13, 2008
Anonymous ask your self if " The Family " is going to pay any of your bills when they lay you off, or are they going to cut you in on the monies they are paying certain employees to help sell " The Family business". You couldn't be ignorant enough to think there so great with $90 plus MILLION owed to others that they want to renig on because of there lavish spending habits and just plain mismanaging of Sturgis Iron come on wake up.
anonymous wrote:
<quoted text>Once again, Mr. Levin was told what
information he could release. He DOES care about
his employees and their families. Do you forget
about everything he has done in the past? He did
not want this to happen. He realizes every employee is a very important part of the overall
business. It is sad how fast people forget all
the years of employment they had. Please do not
vent and say things that are not true about the
family.
Amazed

Coldwater, MI

#12 May 14, 2008
Anonymous you keep stating that he has done so much in the past for the employees and their families. What are you talking about? This did not just happen overnite! From everything read the company has been late paying their customers for 3 years. Wasn't the family employed and if it was the management why was it not changed! According to everyone there is over 1,000 or more vendors owed, that just happened? I agree with "My View" you don't run a business for 50 plus years and all of a sudden it is a management problem. Maybe the family wants to kick in some of the "winnings" to the employees that anonymous is so one sided to honestly say that these people should be what just happy to say, oh yea I worked for them, let's say 30 plus years, find out how much the owner ever matched on their retirement packages.
MY view

Troy, MI

#13 May 15, 2008
AMEN my point excatly
Amazed wrote:
Anonymous you keep stating that he has done so much in the past for the employees and their families. What are you talking about? This did not just happen overnite! From everything read the company has been late paying their customers for 3 years. Wasn't the family employed and if it was the management why was it not changed! According to everyone there is over 1,000 or more vendors owed, that just happened? I agree with "My View" you don't run a business for 50 plus years and all of a sudden it is a management problem. Maybe the family wants to kick in some of the "winnings" to the employees that anonymous is so one sided to honestly say that these people should be what just happy to say, oh yea I worked for them, let's say 30 plus years, find out how much the owner ever matched on their retirement packages.
disgruntled worker

United States

#14 May 18, 2008
what a bunch of baloney. to deliberately run the company into the ground and run up bills you have no intention of paying is both dishonest and morally reprehensible. how do you people sleep at night? many good, decent hard working employees were screwed over by the greed and underhanded business dealings of the family. if the levins are the fine and upstanding pilars of the community why then have they never matched 401k contributions, if they care so much for their employees and have continully stated for years they have not been making a profit. their greedy and uncaring attitude speaks for itself.
Whatshername

Granger, IN

#15 May 23, 2008
I used to work at Sturgis Iron and Metal and was sad to go but I know Mr. Levine didn't want this to happen.It dosen't make sense.What really gets me is that some of the people still on the payrole are leaving nasty messages on this website, instead of doing there jobs.
Disgusted

Coldwater, MI

#16 Jul 30, 2008
I gave up 20 years at Omni Source to come to work for this joke! They didn't even know how to go out of business right! Let alone run under normal conditions! But when you have people like Dale McDougal running the show, what do you expect! He hired the tatooed biker to run the Ft. Wayne yard! We all know that the supervisor in non-ferrous and the office manager ran the show at that yard! Dale would hire Charles Mansion for management if they would let him out of prison! Pay no attention to that German swaztick on his forehead! I think he'll do fine!! What a pathetic joke he is! Having a hard time finding a real job Dale? I don't think Omni Source is going to hire you! I've already taken care of that! What goes around comes around! What about you Minnich!?? Do you think you will ever find another $55000.00 a year job for doing nothing?? I don't think you have enough bull#*#^ left in you!!!! Where do you have the cash hid Dale???!!!

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