David Serls, the owner, chair and COO of Colonial Metals Co., died June 11 at the age of 82.
Serls passed away in his home state of Florida from complications of pneumonia, according to an obituary posted by Forest Hills Palm City Chapel, based in Palm City.
In addition to helping lead Colonial Metals, Serls formerly served as a president of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries in Washington D.C.
Serls died 10 days after production stopped and workers were laid off at Colonial Metals.
The Columbia foundry makes and sells brass, copper and bronze ingots, which it makes using scrap metal, according to its website. It employs under 100 people.
A representative from Colonial Metals was not immediately available for comment.