H. Klaff and Co. Deserves Recognition


As members of the Hettleman family, we enjoyed reading about our family history in the JT’s Feb. 3 cover story “More Than Junk … It’s Scrap!” However, we discovered a glaring and significant omission in the article.

The fact is, no article about the history of the scrap industry in Baltimore can be complete without including Harry Klaff, founder of H. Klaff and Co., and his family: son Jerry Klaff, sons-in-law Marvin Plant, Irvin Davison and Harold Effron and their successors, Morton (Sonny) Plant, Arnold Plant, Richard Klaff, Robert Davison and Barry Effron. Morton Plant rose to become a national and international leader in the industry.

H. Klaff and Co. specialized in accumulating and trading in stainless steel scrap and, later, high-temperature alloys. One of the largest scrap companies locally and nationally, it was recognized as a national leader in its specialization and stayed that way for many, many years.

We want to make sure their integral position is included in the Baltimore history. They were our colleagues in business and dear friends.

—Michael K. Hettleman and Ann Hettleman Kahan, Baltimore

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