Former Doe Run sales VP Dick Amistadi was honoured with the 2014 International Lead Award at the 14th European Lead Battery Conference (ELBC) in Edinburgh.
Amistadi has worked in the lead battery industry for 47 years, working 37 years at Doe Run, which he joined in 1968. In 1992 he became the first chairman of the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium, standing down in 2005.
Amistadi retired in 2005 and immediately established a consultancy, Amistadi Associates. Pennsylvanian Amistadi was nominated chairman and president of the Association of Battery Recyclers in 2012.
The award was presented by Amistadi’s former roommate David Prengaman of RSR Technologies.
“Lead air pollution and employee blood lead levels are at an all-time low,” he said. “The industry has been highly successful, and we need to publicise this more.
“I’m proud to be part of the lead acid battery and recycling industry. It feels like being part of an extended family, it has a closeness not seen in other industries.”
The International Lead Award is presented on behalf of the International Lead Association to recognise lead industry stalwarts for their contributions.