Michigan tire company to
pay $5.6 million
On November 22, the Allegan County Circuit Court ordered Alternative
Fuels L.C. to pay $5.6 million cleanup costs and $89,100 in civil
fines to address an illegal scrap tire pile estimated to contain
five million scrap tires.
The court, in a ruling against Terry Ross, Alternative Fuels
L.C., and Michigan Scrap Tire Processors LC, found that the site
poses a serious hazard and public nuisance, and that Alternative
Fuels L.C. had not taken any steps towards correct these problems
since it obtained ownership of the property. The court also gave
the state access to the site for the removal of the tires.
The court-ordered access to the site will allow the DEQ to fund
removal of the scrap tires through the DEQ Scrap Tire Grant Program,
through which a local unit of government can apply for funding
to clean up sites under its jurisdiction. Allegan County has submitted
an application for a $1 million grant to remove a portion of the
tires in 2005.
“This judgment sends a strong message to those who choose
to shirk their responsibilities to their community,” said
DEQ Director Steven E. Chester.
New York City schools recycle
computers with Dell
Round Rock, TX— The New York City Department of Education
(DoE) is working with Dell to recycle more than 50,000 outdated
pieces of computer equipment. In the largest single recycling
project since Dell first launched the service in July 2003, the
company is removing computer equipment from nearly 900 schools
and administrative locations for recycling or reuse. Dell will
refurbish 1,000 of these systems so New York City schools can
use them in its Dell TechKnow program.
Through its Asset Recovery Services (ARS), Dell is packing and
removing the outdated systems and auditing them to either be refurbished
or recycled, helping to safeguard the environment, and meet governmental
Steelmaker to pay $1.2
million in fines
AK Steel Co. has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle a complaint
by the federal government that the company´s mill in Butler,
Pennsylvania violated environmental laws.
The company will pay a $300,000 penalty and invest $900,000
in projects to reduce smog-producing ozone in Pennsylvania, according
to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department
of Justice. In 2000, EPA inspectors documented several environmental
violations involving the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and
storage and disposal of hazardous waste, according to the EPA.
The environmental projects that AK Steel will perform as part
of its settlement include funding a refrigerant recycling program
for residents of Butler County, removing and destroying ozone-depleting
refrigerants in at least 17 refrigeration units and replacing
them with less harmful substances, and retiring 159 tons of nitrogen
oxide pollution credits with a current value of $225,000.
According to the EPA, as part of the settlement, the company
neither admits nor denies any liability for the alleged violations.
Federal fines imposed in
Two Pennsylvania metal foundries have settled alleged federal
hazardous waste violations and will pay fines under separate consent
agreements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Buck Company Inc. will pay $44,880 for alleged violations at
its Quarryville, Pennsylvania foundry. The EPA cited the company
for several breaches, including storing hazardous waste without
a permit beyond the 90-day allowable limit
Kief Industries Inc. agreed to pay $13,358 to settle claims
that it has accumulated 11,000 kilograms of zinc oxide sludge
in 55-gallon drums since 1998 at its Excelsior Brass Works foundry
in Blandon, Pennsylvania. The EPA cited the company for storing
the waste without a permit beyond the allowable 90 days and failing
to properly label or date the drums containing the waste.
As part of the settlement, neither company admitted or denied
liability for the cited violations.
Waste treatment services
resume after fire
Boise, Idaho— Steve Romano, president and chief executive
officer of American Ecology Corporation announced that subsidiary
US Ecology Texas has resumed limited hazardous and non-hazardous
waste treatment services at its Robstown, Texas facility. Treatment
services were suspended following a July 1, 2004, fire in the
facility’s permitted waste treatment building. Treatment
services accounted for approximately 50% of the Texas facility’s
revenue prior to the fire.
“We are pleased to resume limited treatment services at
US Ecology Texas as planned,” Romano stated. “Our
Texas team is proceeding with plans to open a new waste treatment
building in the first half of 2005,” Romano added, noting,
“The new building will be designed to accommodate our full
range of permitted treatment services in addition to more efficient
Waste Industries swaps
Raleigh, NC— Waste Industries USA, Inc. announced the closing
of an asset swap transaction with Waste Connections, Inc.
Under the terms of the agreement, Waste Industries purchased
Waste Connection’s hauling, transfer station and MSW landfill
operations located in the north and northwestern suburbs of Atlanta.
Simultaneously Waste Industries sold to Waste Connections its
hauling and C&D landfill operations in the greater Memphis,
Tennessee market and its hauling and transfer station operation
in Crossville, Tennessee, which includes an early stage MSW landfill
development project in a neighboring county. Both parties produce
estimated revenues of $12 million per year.
CECO Environmental makes
New York, NY— CECO Environmental Corp. announced senior
Marshall Morris’ resignation as vice president and CFO
became effective November 30, 2004. Phillip DeZwirek, chairman
and CEO of CECO Environmental and CFO for about 10 years prior
to Mr. Morris will assume the responsibilities temporarily.
Mike Meyer, president of the CECO Filters subsidiary of CECO
Environmental will be promoted to the role of vice-president of
sales for CECO Environmental.
Mary Keenan, a 15-year veteran of CECO Filters and currently
vice president sales and customer service will be promoted to
president of CECO Filters.
Wastequip opens new Piedmont
Cleveland, OH— Wastequip, Inc. announced the opening of
a new aftermarket parts business called Parts Place, Inc. located
in Piedmont, South Carolina. The new company will sell replacement
parts nationwide for waste handling and recycling equipment.
Parts Place, Inc. carries replacement and aftermarket parts
of all major brands of waste handling and recycling equipment
including hydraulic cylinders, compactor parts, and mobile replacements.
Parts Place specializes in personalized service, competitive pricing,
and fast delivery. Most orders received by 3:00 p.m. will ship
that same day. Online ordering is also planned to be available
Margaret Spradlin Allen has been appointed general manager along
with Duane Spradlin as national accounts manager, Jimmy Davis
as operations manager, and John Beckwith, customer service specialist.
The management team has over 75 years of combined experience
in the waste industry.
LBX hires regional manager-sales
LBX Company, LLC announced the appointment of Elias S. Chakour
to the position of region manager-sales, effective November 29,
2004. He will cover the East Coast territory.
Elias has an extensive 26-year career in the construction equipment
industry, having held management positions in field sales, national
accounts, general sales management, and - most recently - in distribution
as the Moody-Tampa branch manager.
Ruth Mack to run Alcoa
packaging and consumer products
New York, NY— Alcoa announced today that its Board of Directors
elected Ruth J. Mack as vice president of Alcoa and Group President
of Packaging and Consumer Products effective immediately. She
succeeds William E. Leahey, Jr., who recently retired.
Ms. Mack had been president of Alcoa Consumer Products, the
Alcoa business responsible for well-known brands such as Reynolds
Wrap® Aluminum Foil, Reynolds Plastics Wrap, Reynolds Cut-Rite
Wax Paper and BacoFoil in the U.K. Her successor has not yet been
In her new position, Ms. Mack assumes accountability for all
of Alcoa’s packaging businesses - consumer, flexible, food
service and protective packaging, as well as Alcoa KAMA, the world’s
largest producer of light gauge material for the thermoforming
industry, and the company’s closures and graphics businesses.
Alcoa’s Packaging and Consumer Products group has approximately
$3.2 billion in revenues and will be based in New York City.
Mario Longhi, who runs the company’s Global Extruded and
End Products business will now also oversee Alcoa Home Exteriors,
the company’s residential building products business.
Separately, the Alcoa Board of Directors elected Helmut W. Wieser,
a vice president of Alcoa. He is head of the company’s North
American and European Mill Products organizations. In addition,
Bernt Reitan, and Paul Thomas, were both elected executive vice
presidents of Alcoa. Reitan runs Alcoa’s global Primary
Products businesses, and Thomas was recently named to a new post
responsible for People, ABS and Culture.
Elfab appoints North American
Elfab, a European supplier of pressure-safety systems, has appointed
Mike Purcell as its national sales manager for North America.
He joins from Tekmar Company, a Teledyne Instruments division,
where he fulfilled a number of roles, most recently that of product
line manager responsible for Total Organic Carbon product development.
Purcell will focus on developing Elfab’s North American
Sales Network. His qualifications include a BS in Mechanical Engineering
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from
NITON announces distribution
Billerica, MA— NITON LLC, a manufacturer of portable x-ray
fluorescence (XRF) instrumentation for alloy analysis, announced
a distribution agreement with RMG Technologies of Liphook, England
for NITON distribution of RMG’s MiniSort ARC OES (Optical
Emission Spectrometer) alloy analyzer in the U.S.
Steel Dynamics names Gary
Fort Wayne, IN— Steel Dynamics, Inc. announced the appointment
of Gary Heasley to the position of chief financial officer, effective
January 1, 2005. For the past three years, Gary has been employed
in various capacities with KeyBanc Capital Markets, a division
of McDonald Investments Inc., most recently as senior vice president
and manager of the Metals Group.
Heasley has a broad background in finance and accounting, with
experience in auditing, project finance, operations management,
mergers and acquisitions, and investment banking. He has a Bachelors
degree in Business Administration from Youngstown State University,
is a Certified Public Accountant, and worked for four years for
Ernst & Young LLP as Senior Accountant in its National Merger
and Acquisitions Group.
Feder named president of
Alcoa Latin America
New York & Sao Paulo, Brazil— Alcoa announced that
Franklin (Frank) L. Feder, has been named president of Alcoa Latin
America, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He will oversee Alcoa’s
businesses in South America, coordinate growth activities in the
region, and work closely with government and communities to optimize
Alcoa’s profile in the country. He also is a vice president
of Alcoa. Mr. Feder succeeds Josmar Verillo, who plans to dedicate
more time to his family farming business and to the AMARRIBO,
the NGO dedicated to fight corruption in the Brazilian Public
Mr. Feder has had a long association with Alcoa Aluminio, Alcoa’s
fully integrated aluminum business in Brazil. Mr. Feder joined
Alcoa Aluminio in 1990 as director of corporate planning under
Alain Belda, who is now chairman and CEO of Alcoa. He then served
as chief financial officer for Alcoa Aluminio from 1994 until
Mr. Feder graduated from the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Sao
Paulo in 1972 with a degree in business. He also obtained an MBA
degree in 1977 from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Mr. Feder will relocate to Sao Paulo, Brazil in the first quarter
OAKLEAF invests in Canadian
East Hartford, CT— OAKLEAF Waste Management announced it
has taken an equity position in WasteLess Environmental Services,
the largest full-service waste brokerage and waste reduction company
in Canada. The announcement was made by OAKLEAF president and
CEO, Jim Barnes.
Founded in 1992, WasteLess Environmental Services conducts waste
audits and provides waste management consulting services, in addition
to brokering waste hauling services and leasing equipment to 300
commercial customers located across Canada. WasteLess has offices
in four cities including Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver.
Paul Thiessen, WasteLess’s president and co-founder, will
remain as its president and has joined OAKLEAF’s advisory
board. “This investment makes perfect sense, since we have
a similar market model,” noted Thiessen. Ronald Thiessen,
co-founder, will also continue in the same capacity at WasteLess.
Caterpillar acquires Chinese
Beijing— Caterpillar Inc. ann-ounced the signing of a definitive
agreement to acquire Shandong SEM Machinery Co., Ltd. (SEM), one
of China’s key wheel loader manufacturers.
The acquisition is the latest step in a multi-year strategy
introduced by Caterpillar in 2003 to significantly expand its
presence in China. Under the signed agreement, Caterpillar will
purchase a minority interest in SEM, with options to purchase
the remaining equity after two years.
In addition to the SEM acquisition, Caterpillar continues to
rapidly implement other aspects of its business model in China,
including financing, logistics, distribution, procurement, rental
and used equipment. Today, Caterpillar operates ten facilities
— both joint venture and wholly owned businesses —
and employs approximately 2,000 people throughout China. The company
distributes its products through five independent Caterpillar
dealers, offering customers throughout China the best-in-class
service and support that distinguishes Caterpillar’s distribution
WCA Waste Corp. buys hauling
WCA Waste Corp. is acquiring Trash-Away, Inc., a 16-truck collection
company in Piedmont, South Carolina.
Trash-Away´s business includes 10 roll-off routes, two
commercial routes and one residential route, Houston-based WCA
Construction and demolition waste collected by the company will
be internalized into WCA´s Fines landfill in nearby Travelers
Rest, South Carolina
The terms of the deal, which also includes a portable toilet
operation, were not disclosed by WCA.
Heil announces sales personnel
Chattanooga, TN— Heil Environmental announced recent additions
and promotions in its refuse group sales team.
Todd Anderson was hired as national account director for Republic
Waste Services, Inc. He brings more than 10 years of experience
in sales, operations management and customer service to the national
account director position.
Joe Howard was promoted to South Central regional manager. Howard
had served as a direct sales representative for Florida since
joining Heil in 1998.
Ron Thoensen was hired as a direct sales representative. He
is responsible for sales of Heil refuse collection vehicles, Ready
Trucks, and replacement parts from Parts Central.
Chad Hardy was appointed as western region sales manager. He
is responsible for managing Heil’s distributors and direct
sales, service and parts locations in the western region including
California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Hawaii and western Canada.
Reichhold establishes new
Research Triangle Park, NC— Reichhold, Inc., a supplier
of resins and other polymers to coatings formulators, has established
a new role at the company, staffed by industry veterans.
A new team of business development representatives has been
formed by Reichhold with the directive of fostering new product
introductions within the coatings industry. Reichhold has tapped
four long-time coatings technology veterans to take on the job,
organized by product type:
•Alkyds & Oils - Jeff Danneman & Carol Williams
•Urethanes & Acrylics - Rick Caldwell
•Powders & Specialties - Tim Takas