DOE RUN PROMOTES STEVE BATTS TO VICE PRESIDENT – SEMO OPERATIONS
ST. LOUIS (Sept. 23, 2015) – The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) announced today the promotion of Steve Batts, a 30-year veteran at Doe Run, to the role of vice president - Southeast Missouri Operations. Batts will oversee the Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division (SEMO) and the company’s Metals Division, which includes a lead recycling facility in Boss, and lead refining, alloying and casting operations in Herculaneum.
“We are excited to expand Steve’s responsibilities to include management of our mining, milling and metals operations,” said Jerry Pyatt, president and CEO at Doe Run. “The SEMO Division has flourished under Steve’s leadership, achieving a number of safety milestones and annually supplying the global market with approximately 250,000 tons of some of the purest lead concentrates available. I am confident that he will bring that same dedication and success to the Metals Division.”
Batts most recently served as general manager of SEMO, overseeing the world-class mining and milling operations at Doe Run’s six underground mines and four mills. As general manager, Batts managed operations at all of the facilities in the division and reinforced Doe Run’s commitments to safety and the environment. Under his direction, SEMO reached 3 million safe work hours without a lost-time injury, and four Doe Run mines were recognized for outstanding safety records in 2013.
In addition to managing mining and milling operations, Batts will now oversee Doe Run's Metals Division. This division is responsible for recycling lead-acid batteries and other products at the Resource Recycling facility, which has the capacity to recycle and recover nearly 160,000 tons of refined lead and lead alloys from more than 13.5 million recycled lead-acid batteries annually. It also includes the company's Herculaneum refinery, strip mill, and alloying and casting operations, where it produces unique lead alloy products for customers.
"I'm looking forward to working with the management teams of both Missouri divisions," said Batts. "Together, we will be able to identify synergies and opportunities that enable Doe Run to better meet customers’ needs and the demands of the global mining and metals industry.”
Batts was born and raised in Pevely, Missouri, and began working with Doe Run in 1984 as a project engineer. He held several maintenance engineering and operational roles of increasing responsibility throughout his career at the company’s former lead smelter in Herculaneum as well as at the company’s mines and mills. Batts was promoted to SEMO Division general manager in 2011. He resides near DeSoto, Missouri.
Prior to joining Doe Run, Batts worked as an engineer with Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas). He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology).