Well known and respected scrap industry figure Mac Bissett died on 10 January, aged 83 years.
Mr Bissett started his career in 1949 working at family firm James Moores mechanising the works after completing a degree in electrical engineering. After 19 years at James Moores he had risen to the position of being able to take it over in 1968.
In addition, Mr Bissett was always a very active member of the then British Scrap Federation and became national president in 1974. He was later appointed president of the North Western Association, of which he had long been a committee member.
He continued to play a central role in federation affairs, leading the employers side of the Joint Conciliation Committee for many years. He was an avid supporter of the cause of united representation of the entire industry, and on the formation of the British Reclamation Industries Confederation (BRIC) in 1978, he became its first president. BRIC became the United Kingdom Reclamation Council (UKRC) in 1984 and Mac Bissett was appointed Chairman of its key Finance and General Purposes Committee.
In 1993 he received the ultimate honour from the BSF in becoming the second ever Honorary Life President in the BSF's history, finally retiring from federation affairs in 2001.
James Moores was bought by the, then Sheppard Group, which later became European Metal Recycling, and is still operational in their northern division.