An American Success Story
Recycling Metal and Buying Scrap Metal Since 1947
Edward H. Rudoy, an immigrant who escaped from the Bolsheviks in Ukraine with his family in the early 1920s came to America and became part of the tapestry that defined the American success story.
Borrowing a total of $20,000 from his wife Belle’s family and a bank he had to convince in Chicago to lend to him, Edward founded the company that exists today with the purchase of the Block Salvage Co. in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in 1947.
The business started with three people, including Edward. He soon changed the name to Block Iron & Supply Company to better reflect the scope of the business he had planned. Knowing how fickle commodity prices could be, and not having the size to weather drops in the market in those days (one of his favorite sayings was, “In the scrap business, you are either the prince or the pauper”), Block Iron expanded into a supplier of new steel and building supplies, along with recycling scrap metals. Edward’s innovations in handling and processing scrap metals gained him a reputation within the industry and were keys to propelling the company’s initial growth.
Sadoff and Rudoy Industries was born in 1964 with the purchase of Sadoff Iron & Metal Company in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, a yard that had been in the Sadoff family since the early 1900s. Edward’s vision brought the first automobile shredder to Wisconsin along with key processing equipment that established the company as a major Midwest processor and supplier to the foundry, steel mill, and smelter industries.
Edward’s son-in-law Sheldon Lasky joined the company in 1972, paving the way for the torch to be passed and the company to continue under family ownership. Through greenfield startups and acquisitions, Sheldon continued the company on a path of growth.
Today, Sadoff Iron & Metal Company is a ferrous, non-ferrous and electronics scrap metal recycling company with headquarters in Fond du Lac, and over 240 employees company-wide. The third generation of the Rudoy/Lasky family now runs the business. Edward passed away in 2007 at the age of 96. Sheldon is now the company’s chairman. Sadoff has five other locations in Wisconsin (Berlin, Oshkosh, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, and Green Bay) in addition to two locations in Nebraska (Lincoln and Omaha). The company provides scrap metal recycling services and solutions to industry, and ferrous and non-ferrous melt products to foundries, steel mills, and smelters. Sadoff conducts business in 37 states and exports to China, Mexico, Taiwan, India, and Canada.