Tube City IMS opens trading office in Taiwan
Tube City IMS, LLC, a provider of products
and services to steel mills and foundries
globally, announced that it has opened its
first representative trading office in Kaohsiung
J. David Aronson, president and chief operating
officer, Raw Material and Optimization Group,
Tube City IMS, said Taiwan is an increasingly
important market in the Asia-Pacific region.
Heading up the newly-opened Taiwan office
will be Kenny Hung as chief representative.
Prior to joining the Company, Hung worked
at a large Asian trading company specializing
in steel products. He has a bachelor’s degree
in international business from Tunghai University
in Taichung, Taiwan.
Innov-X Systems and BT Wolfgang Binder partner
Innov-X Systems, Inc. and BT‐Wolfgang Binder
GmbH recently announced they are increasing
their level of cooperation by further developing
their Redwave QXR technology – this time
for the plastics recycling markets.
Earlier this year, Innov-X and BT‐Wolfgang
Binder entered into an OEM agreement to develop
and market a new high volume glass sorting
system – the Redwave QXR‐G. This system combines
Innov-X’s automated XRF technology and BTW
Binder’s novel Redwave concept which effectively
separates heat resistant and leaded glass
from clean glass cullet.
The success of this partnership has made
Innov-X and BT‐Wolfgang Binder decide to
further strengthen the cooperation by developing
the Redwave QXR technology for the plastics
The Redwave QXR technology sorts material
based on the chemical composition, it could
potentially have a big impact on the plastic
recycling market. The Company believes there
is a strong demand for a sorting system that
can effectively remove black PVC and brominated
plastic from shredded plastics.
Doosan Infracore announces new dealer
Doosan Infracore Portable Power has appointed
Air Systems LLC of Louisville, Kentucky,
as an authorized dealer of its Ingersoll
Rand-branded line of portable air compressors,
mobile generators, light compaction equipment
and lighting systems.
Air Systems has been providing quality compressed
air solutions in Kentucky and southern Indiana
since 1968. The company specializes in both
portable and stationary air compressors,
from small reciprocating air compressors
to large industrial compressors used in power
plants and automotive facilities. With the
addition of the entire portfolio from Doosan
Infracore Portable Power, Air Systems expands
its product offerings to include a full array
of quality construction equipment.
Air Systems offers a full line of Ingersoll
Rand-branded portable air compressors from
90 cfm to 1600 cfm, the entire line of mobile
generators from 25 kVa to 570 kVa, as well
as light towers, rammers, walk-behind plate
compactors and rollers.
Bhasin appointed senior IT VP at Waste Management
Waste Management announced that Puneet Bhasin
has been named as the company’s new senior
vice president, information technology (IT).
Bhasin, a professional with 25 years of experience
in IT and logistics systems, also joins the
company’s senior leadership team as chief
information officer (CIO).
Bhasin joins Waste Management from Monster
Worldwide where he previously held roles
of senior vice president, Global Product & Technology
and CIO, North America. Previously, he was
senior vice president with Putnam Investments
and served as senior vice president and CIO
Bhasin received a B.S. in mechanical engineering
from the National Institute of Technology
in India and an M.S. in operations research
from Ohio State University.
EnergySolutions promotes new chief financial
Nucor Corporation chief financial officer
Terry S. Lisenby announced his plans to
retire at the end of this year, after 24
years of service with Nucor. Lisenby began
his career with Nucor in 1985 as manager
of financial accounting. In January 2000,
he was promoted to chief financial officer,
treasurer and executive vice president.
Effective January 1, 2010, James D. Frias
will be promoted to chief financial officer,
treasurer and executive vice president.
EnergySolutions promotes new chief financial
EnergySolutions, Inc., a provider of services
to the global nuclear industry, announced
that Philip O. Strawbridge, its chief financial
officer, is resigning from the company effective
December 31, 2009 to pursue personal business
Strawbridge, who played a key role in the
company’s initial public offering and has
been instrumental in integrating the nine
companies brought together since 2005 to
provide EnergySolutions’ broad range of global
nuclear services, will be succeeded by Mark
C. McBride, the company’s current senior
vice president and corporate controller.
Tubelite hires Nicklas as national sales
Tubelite Inc. has added Mike Nicklas as a
national sales manager helping grow the company’s
architectural aluminum products nationwide.
As part of Tubelite’s sales team, Nicklas
reports to Steve Green, director of sales,
and works in close collaboration with the
company’s client development managers, marketing,
client services and engineering staff.
Before joining Tubelite, Nicklas served as
the architectural sales and marketing manager
at JE Berkowitz, LP. An architectural glass
fabricator located in Pedrickton, New Jersey,
some of the company’s notable projects include
Bank of America Office Tower in Charlotte,
North Carolina, Comcast Tower in Philadelphia;
the new Meadowlands Stadium in Seacaucus,
New Jersey, and the Howard Hughes Medical
Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus
In addition to his extensive sales and marketing
experience with JE Berkowitz, Nicklas also
worked in various sales and marketing positions
for 10 years with PPG in the glass and architectural
metals groups. Prior to his employment with
PPG, he earned a bachelor’s in business administration
from Westminster College in New Wilmington,
Throughout his career, he has been involved
with many professional associations. At Tubelite
he will represent the company at industry
conferences and educational presentations
with American Institute of Architects, Glass
Association of North America, U.S. Green
Building Council, and Construction Specifications
Plastinum in Emmen opens new production line
Plastinum Polymer Technologies B.V., the
municipality of Emmen, N.V. NOM and Emmtec
Services B.V. announced that Plastinum has
opened a new production line for the recycling
of post consumer mixed plastic household
waste. The opening will generate production
capacity of 10,000 tons per year, creating
roughly 25 direct and 20 indirect new jobs.
UWV Werkbedrijf in Emmen played an important
part in filling the vacancies.
Plastinum’s newly developed technology, called
Blendymer, produces Infinymer, a new thermoplastic
The company’s decision to base itself in
Emmen was made in close consultation with
N.V. NOM, the municipality of Emmen and Emmtec
Services B.V. NOM has since taken a minority
shareholding in Plastinum. The company also
received support from the Drenthe Innovative
Action Programme 2008-2010 and SenterNovem
in developing the new technology.
Republic Services redeems $400 million in
Republic Services, Inc. has notified the
registered holders of its 7.375 percent senior
notes due 2014 that it will redeem all of
the notes outstanding (originally $400 million)
in December. The notes will be redeemed at
a price equal to 103.688 percent of the principal
amount of the notes, plus accrued and unpaid
interest up to, but not including, the redemption
date. Payment of the redemption price will
be made by United States Bank National Association,
the trustee under the indenture governing
the notes, on the redemption date upon presentation
and surrender of the notes as set forth in
the redemption notice.
Republic intends to use cash on hand and,
if necessary, incremental borrowings under
its revolving credit facility to fund the
redemption. The Company expects to incur
a charge upon extinguishment of the notes
of approximately $46 million. This charge
will be reflected in its fourth quarter 2009
Mascoma listed among hot bioenergy companies
Mascoma Corporation announced that it has
once again made the top ten list for “50
Hottest Companies in Bioenergy” for 2009-2010.
The list, published in Biofuels Digest, recognizes
innovation and achievement in bioenergy development.
In total, over 1,000 companies were eligible
and 311 companies received votes. Rankings
were determined 50 percent on votes from
a 75-member panel of international selectors,
and 50 percent on votes from subscribers
of Biofuels Digest. Mascoma came in 10th.
In February 2009, Mascoma announced that
its pilot facility in Rome, New York had
begun producing cellulosic ethanol. The demonstration
facility has the flexibility to run on numerous
biomass feedstocks including wood chips,
tall grasses, corn stover (residual corn
stalks) and sugar cane bagasse. The company,
in collaboration with its commercialization
subsidiary Frontier Renewable Resources LLC
has plans to build a commercial cellulosic
ethanol plant in Kinross Township, Michigan,
that will initially produce approximately
20 million gallons of the liquid fuel annually.
Call2Recycle appoints Sirjord as board chairman
Call2Recycle announced the appointment of
Andrew Sirjord as chairman of the board
of directors, tasked to guide the company
through strategies designed to spur growth
and development. Sirjord has been a board
director with the organization since 2006,
and was appointed chairman due to his distinct
knowledge of environment and energy related
products, as well as his strong background
in legal affairs.
Safety-Kleen president, CEO Florjancic to retire
Safety-Kleen announced the retirement of
its president and CEO Frederick J. Florjancic,
effective December 31, 2009.
Florjancic will remain with Safety-Kleen
in a consulting capacity for several months
to assist the company’s board of directors
in conducting a search for his successor
and provide for an orderly transition.
Florjancic became president and CEO of Safety-Kleen
in June 2004, shortly after the company emerged
from bankruptcy. During his tenure, Florjancic
helped restore operational stability, completed
two re-financings of the company’s debt,
resulting in significant interest savings,
and grew company revenues by almost 50 percent,
from approximately $860 million in 2004 to
approximately $1.2 billion in 2008.
Navistar acquires Continental Mfg. Company
Navistar International Corporation announced
it has acquired Continental Mfg. Company,
Inc., the largest privately-held mixer manufacturer
in North America,
Continental offers a full line-up of rear
discharge mixer products sold under the CBMW
brand and also sells replacement parts for
all mixer makes.
Continental will continue to operate independently
with manufacturing operations in Houston.
Navistar will also utilize select International®
Truck dealers to distribute and service mixers
and mixer parts. Mixers will continue to
be sold and mounted on International brand
truck chassis as well as those chassis built
by other OEMs.
IronPlanet reports quarterly gross auction
IronPlanet, an online auction company for
used construction and agricultural equipment,
posted record sales for the third quarter
of 2009. Gross auction sales were $123 million,
an increase of 61 percent over third quarter
of 2008. IronPlanet’s year-to-date performance
of $334 million is a 36 percent increase
over the same period in 2008.
In the third quarter, IronPlanet conducted
22 global auctions, up 38 percent from third
quarter 2008. In addition, 55 percent of
the items sold in IronPlanet North American
auctions had bids from international bidders
and 25 percent of the items sold went to
buyers outside of the United States.
ALL Canada Cranes & Aerials adds new
The ALL Family of Companies announced the
expansion of ALL Canada Cranes & Aerials
with the addition of two new facilities,
one in Newfoundland and Labrador and a second
location in Ontario.
ALL Canada Cranes & Aerials consists
of the ALL Canada Crane Rental Corp. and
ALL Aerials Ltd. The two companies operate
independently under one roof, currently headquartered
in Mississauga, Ontario, with each having
its own staff and fleet of equipment. The
new branches will operate the same way and
will be located in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland
and Labrador, and Sudbury, Ontario.
Ryan Johnson joins VEIT as project estimator
VEIT, a specialty contracting and waste management
company based in Rogers, Minnesota, has hired
Ryan Johnson as a project manager/estimator.
Johnson will focus on drilled pier projects
within the foundations group, and will be
based in VEIT’s main office in Rogers, Minnesota.
Johnson has 10 years of experience in commercial
and civil construction. He holds a degree
in construction management from North Dakota
State University and is a LEED accredited
While focusing on drilled piers, Johnson
will assist with VEIT’s complete foundations
service offering, which includes driven and
drilled piles, earth retention systems, helical
piles, underpinning and anchors, and grouting.
SWIX director partners to aid municipalities
The president of True Green Energy Group,
John Lamb, along with the founder of Spectrum
Blue Steel, Ronald Flynn, announced Spectrum
Blue Steel’s newest partner, Eugene B. Jones,
who is the executive director for Southern
Waste Information exchange, Inc. (SWIX),
which is a non-profit clearinghouse and repository
for businesses and government agencies in
the United States.
Jones will assist Spectrum Blue Steel’s businesses
and help communicate with American municipalities
with waste management issues. Jones has worked
with local, state, and federal agencies,
legislative and congressional committee staff,
trade associations, and with industries regulated
under RCRA, CERCLA, and OSHA. His experience
is an invaluable commodity to SBS and is
essential for locking down government contracts
and deploying Biosphere systems in America.
Jones has a vast experience in organizing
and managing various conferences for agencies
and organizations such as the Waste-to-Fuels
Conferences, Florida Bio fuels Association,
Inc., Recycle Florida Today, Inc., the Florida
Brownfield’s Association, Inc., the Florida
Environmental Assessors Association, Inc.,
the United States Department of Energy, and
the United States Environmental Protection
Oakleaf names Santosh Rao chief operating
Oakleaf, a provider of sustainable waste
logistics and recycling solutions, announced
the appointment of Santosh Rao as chief operating
officer (COO) of its largest subsidiary,
Oakleaf Waste Management. Rao has more than
20 years of experience in global technology,
services and manufacturing companies. He
brings a wide range of experience to Oakleaf,
with proven success in driving operational
solutions, building teams and delivering
Current COO Aaron Furman rejoined Oakleaf,
in May after retiring in 2007 to support
the transition to a new CEO and the launch
of major initiatives. Furman, who originally
joined Oakleaf in 1999, played a vital role
in leading Oakleaf, during a period of rapid
growth. Furman will remain active with Oakleaf,
on selected business initiatives.
For the past five years, Rao has been the
CEO and owner of Performance Systems Inc.,
a privately held manufacturer of racing superchargers.
Under Rao’s leadership, Performance Systems
doubled its sales in three years while dominating
Rao’s previous leadership roles include,
executive vice president and chief operating
officer for Manufacturers’ Services Limited,
executive vice president-Asia Pacific for
SCI Systems, and vice president and general
manager for Solectron Corporation.