Hoffman Iron and Steel LLC (HIS) procures, handles and trades scrap to US domestic and international consumers from around the world. The Company also supplies finished steel through exclusive steel mill alliances direct to US steel service centers. The company is built upon the experience, motivation, and integrity of a fourth generation iron and steel family.

Today, it helps meet the growing demand for recycled iron and steel by utilizing proven strategies to locate, evaluate, and secure high yield processed ferrous scrap from mid level scrap suppliers and send it direct to steel mills. By establishing strategic alliances with scrap consumers Hoffman is able to provide limited finished steel products to various steel service centers. Combined with a global infrastructure to ship materials anywhere in the world, Hoffman Iron and Steel, LLC continues to be a preferred sourcing company among international clientele whether it is ferrous scrap or steel finished product.

An Integrated Steel and Ferrous Scrap Procurement,
Logistics and Trading Company

Under the leadership of Philip Hoffman Esq., the company continues to help its customers succeed. Consumers and suppliers benefit from having direct access to an industry leader with over 20 years of international experience and a Juris Doctor degree specializing in maritime law from a leading Australian University.

With his experience in both the scrap and steel industries, Hoffman adds customer value because of his knowledge of all aspects of the steel supply chain; from scrap processing to scrap yields and melt shop concerns, to semi finished and finished product markets and service center needs Hoffman sits in a unique position to understand the needs of all phases of the scrap and steel supply chain. In addition Hoffman Iron and Steel has extensive hands on experience with shipping and transport; whether it be by truck, rail, barge or vessel Hoffman ensures that cargo is picked up and delivered on time. Hoffman Iron and Steel, LLC is dedicated to exceeding customer expectations by providing a level of quality, service, and efficiency that has been passed down from one generation to the next.

About Hoffman Iron and Steel

Chairman and CEO

Philip Hoffman

"Spending more than two decades buying, trading and exporting scrap metal, and you'll build a network of industry contacts throughout the world. You'll also amass a wealth of industry knowledge about what works and what doesn't in scrap steel recycling, trading and export."
- Recyling Today, January 2014

Professional Experience

Industry consultant and export specialist

  • Current industry membership: SEAISI. IREPAS (Raw material committee). AISI (Associate Member Committee,) VSA.
  • 2008 - Current: CEO and Chairman at Hoffman Iron and Steel
  • 2016: HIS consulted for the second largest steel mill in Indonesia by living on property and assisted with all raw material procurement including scrap, billet, slab and pig iron as well as improving melt yield and refining chemistry through a more effective scrap melt mix
  • 2012 -2014: Vice President of U.S. steel scrap trading for Medtrade Inc., based in Houston. The trading firm is a wholly owned subsidiary of the steel company Çolakoglu Metalurji, based in Istanbul, one of Turkey's largest mills
  • 2008: Commencement of containerized scrap export for the US West Coast; Advising China's Tianjin Pipe Corp., conducting a feasibility study for the siting of its new pipe mill in the United States, which was completed in Corpus Christy, Texas in 2014.
  • 2002 -2008: Law degree in international trade and maritime law. After law school Hoffman started his own trading and consulting business with an office Los Angeles, exporting containerized scrap from to the West Coast to the Far East.
  • 1999 - 2001: VP operations and trading Derichebourg/CFF Recycling Houston, Texas
  • 1989 - 1999: Ferrous scrap trader Hugo Neu Proler Co. in both New York and Los Angeles. For Hugo Neu, Hoffman spent close to 10 years managing contracts on both the East and West coasts, and for three of those years he managed the company's vessel chartering department and assisted with trading over 3 million tons of ferrous scrap internationally.
  • 1987 - 1989: Buyer. Manager bulk vessel loading operations Sims Metal San Francisco. CA.
  • 1978 - 1987: Laborer. Burner. Equipment operator Luntz Corporation, Canton, Ohio


Chairman and CEO Philip Hoffman Esq. started in the metal recycling business as a laborer for his family business in Northeastern Ohio. Commencing operations in 1898, the company was one of the oldest and largest ferrous processors and shippers in the United States with an annual production of over 1.5 million tons of ferrous scrap.

With a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from San Diego State University, Mr. Hoffman became the Senior Scrap buyer in both the Los Angeles and New York Regions for Hugo Neu Corporation. After 8 years of purchasing, Mr. Hoffman became the Chartering manager and Senior Sales Trader working directly with both Chairman John Neu and the Senior Vice President.

From Hugo Neu, Mr. Hoffman joined CFF Recycling, Europe's largest ferrous processor, as Senior Trader and Director of Strategic Development for the Houston based North American branch.

Hoffman Iron and Steel, LLC now allows Hoffman to fully exercise his unique knowledge of and relationships with dealers in the Midwest US, New York, Houston and Los Angeles to source numerous types of specialty steels, production scrap and all grades of ISRI specification ferrous material.

Post-graduate continuing education in hazardous waste management and environmental law from UCLA allows Mr. Hoffman to pre-qualify shippers to ensure that they meet State, Federal and International environmental standards of scrap processing and shipping.

Additional training in letters of credit and shipping documentation at the World Trade Institute in New York means well-documented and proper transfer of ownership along with timely and consistent financial transactions.

An admitted Australian Solicitor, Hoffman received a Juris Doctor law degree from the University of Queensland Australia maritime law program. He went on to write maritime legislation for the State Government of Queensland, Australia.

In 2008 Hoffman conducted a feasibility study to site a major steel mill which is currently being built in Corpus Christi. In 2012 Hoffman formed and opened the US office of a major a Turkish steel mill. The venture was the first of its type and provided high yield scrap priced at a discount to the international market. The office also built on Hoffman's idea of forming direct steel mill to service center relationships. In July 2014 when the Turkish client lost Hoffman's direction and expertise within 6 months the previously profitable scrap division became unprofitable and subsequently the client lost their port lease which resulted in the closure of the scrap operation.

After the Turkish venture Hoffman went onto form partnerships with several steel mills and has built on those with steel service centers. As a result the company now offers transparent back to back transactions of rebar and HRC to steel service centers throughout the US.

Hoffman is a current member of the raw material committee of the International Rebar Exporters and Producers Association (IREPAS) and has served as a board member of both the Gulf Coast and Southwest chapters of ISRI and is an Associate Member of the American Iron and Steel Institute.

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Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
Hoffman Iron is proud to be a member of the Trade and Government Relations committees within the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).