JANUARY 2011
                                        

  BUSINESS/ORGANIZATIONAL BRIEFS

E-Z Pack Manufacturing adds new dealers

E-Z Pack Manufacturing, LLC, a manufacturer of refuse truck bodies and a supplier of OEM parts for waste vehicles, announced that Precision Waste Systems Limited has joined the E-Z Pack dealer network.

Precision Waste Systems is located in Innisfil, Ontario and is E-Z Pack’s first Canadian dealer.

Precision Waste Systems opened in June 2009, as a manufacturer of waste handling containers, including roll off, front load, sludge and liquid waste containers. They also manufacture their own roll-off hoist. The company employs its own team of engineers and designers, and builds its products in an assembly line environment that allows for quick conversion from one product line to another, to meet changing customer demands.

E-Z Pack has also added BTE Body Company, Inc., to their dealer network.

Located in Dallas, Texas, BTE will offer the full line of E-Z Pack refuse trucks, parts and service, to E-Z Pack customers in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. The company has 13 locations to serve its broad customer base.

BTE supplies a variety of truck equipment to its customer base, representing quality OEM companies that manufacture roll-off hoists, tarping systems, containers, grapples, vacuum trucks, dump bodies, trailers and mixers. They also provide auxiliary axles, scales, suspensions and other equipment and services essential to their waste hauling and trucking customers, including truck modifications and equipment installation.

PSC Metals makes management decicions

Effective immediately, David Spector, the president of PSC Metals’ Ohio region, has been promoted to president of PSC. Mark Shapiro, vice president of nonferrous trading, has been appointed executive vice president, nonferrous products. Edward Lehner, the company’s chief financial officer, has taken on additional responsibility for all of PSC’s corporate and administrative functions and will serve as the company’s chief administrative officer. Ronald J. Nock, PSC’s chief executive officer, has retired from the company.

Enerkem adds two new executive roles

Enerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels company, announced the appointment of Dirk E. Andreas as senior vice president of business development, North America. In addition, Patrice Ouimet, the company’s chief financial officer, is promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Andreas was most recently the managing director and the midwest regional vice president of business development for Iberdrola Renewables Inc.

Ouimet joined Enerkem as chief financial officer in February 2010. He is an experienced finance executive whose leadership will continue to drive Enerkem’s growth momentum. Ouimet is based in Montreal, Quebec, while Andreas will be based in Chicago, Illinois.

Midpoint names new container systems business

Midpoint International has said that its recycling container business is now CleanRiver™ Recycling and Waste Stream Systems, a division of Midpoint International. The announcement coincided with the company’s 20th anniversary and with the announcement that founder Bruce Buchan is assuming the new position of CEO and that David Jarrett has been named president.

Bruce Buchan is now stepping away from day-to-day management to become CEO and assume the role of “recycling ambassador.” As such he will work with organizations, government agencies, customers and other recycling advocates on ways to improve waste stream management and programs to make recycling more effective.

Buchan also envisions becoming more active in environmental education projects, such as CleanRiver’s Project Nest Box, which involves students from kindergarten through grade 12 in assembling nest boxes designed by CleanRiver and made from post-consumer recycled plastic, monitoring each nest box on a regular basis, observing bird activity and recording scientific data.

Jarrett joined the company as general manager in 2008 after holding management positions with Wiremold and Hubbell. An advocate of lean manufacturing, Jarrett has introduced continuous improvement initiatives, Kan Ban ordering and Kaizen to sharpen the company’s response time for custom orders.

IESI-BFC Ltd. declares quarterly cash dividends

IESI-BFC Ltd. declared regular cash dividends of Canadian $0.125 per share, payable on January 14, 2011 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 31, 2010.

The company has designated these dividends as eligible dividends for the purposes of the Canadian Income Tax Act.

Alternative Fuels Americas makes acquisition

Alternative Fuels Americas, Inc. will be acquiring Sustainable Agro Biotech, LLC, a Puerto Rico based company active in the research and development of algae for biofuels.

Sustainable Agro Biotech, LLC has been developing proprietary technologies to recycle carbon dioxide emission into microalgae varieties with robust growth and oil production capabilities and to achieve commercially feasible harvesting of microalgal products. The company operates facilities in Gainesville, Florida and a 10 acre facility in Puerto Rico in partnership with University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez.

EnergySolutions appoints chief financial officer

EnergySolutions, Inc. announced the appointment of William Benz as chief financial officer (CFO), effective immediately.

Prior to joining EnergySolutions, Benz was a partner at Tatum, LLC, a national executive services firm. Benz served as interim chief financial officer for APX Alarm Security Solutions, Inc. from 2009 to 2010, financial advisor for Logical Apps from 2005 to 2006 and chief financial officer for Legacy Electronics from 2000 to 2005.

Benz also served as chief executive officer of Noah Corporation from 2006 to 2008. Prior to his partnership at Tatum, LLC, Benz served as chief financial officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Colorado, Metlife Healthcare Management Corporation, FHP International Corporation and Western Digital Corporation.

E-Z Pack Manufacturing adds to sales staff

E-Z Pack Manufacturing, LLC has added Bobby Carroll to lead its sales efforts in the Southeast United States. Meanwhile, Dan Schock has been recruited to direct the company’s aftermarket business and inside sales.

Prior to joining E-Z Pack, Carroll served as account manager and customer service representative at Groeneveld Transport Efficiency, a supplier of automated management and maintenance systems for commercial vehicles, including refuse trucks. Prior to Groeneveld, Carroll worked for more than 10 years at Horton Truck Service in Jacksonville, Florida, where he provided sales support, client support and installation services.

Schock’s career spans more than 25 years in sales, procurement and distribution of heavy duty truck parts. In his role as aftermarket business development manager at E-Z Pack, Schock is responsible for driving all sales and marketing activities related to aftermarket refuse truck parts and services. He also heads up E-Z Pack’s inside sales of refuse truck bodies. During previous career stops at Trailines and Trailmobile Parts & Service Corp., Schock has established a successful track record of growing territory revenues, reducing costs and expanding profits.

E-Z Pack Manufacturing adds to sales staff

E-Z Pack Manufacturing, LLC has added Bobby Carroll to lead its sales efforts in the Southeast United States. Meanwhile, Dan Schock has been recruited to direct the company’s aftermarket business and inside sales.

Prior to joining E-Z Pack, Carroll served as account manager and customer service representative at Groeneveld Transport Efficiency, a supplier of automated management and maintenance systems for commercial vehicles, including refuse trucks. Prior to Groeneveld, Carroll worked for more than 10 years at Horton Truck Service in Jacksonville, Florida, where he provided sales support, client support and installation services.

Schock’s career spans more than 25 years in sales, procurement and distribution of heavy duty truck parts. In his role as aftermarket business development manager at E-Z Pack, Schock is responsible for driving all sales and marketing activities related to aftermarket refuse truck parts and services. He also heads up E-Z Pack’s inside sales of refuse truck bodies. During previous career stops at Trailines and Trailmobile Parts & Service Corp., Schock has established a successful track record of growing territory revenues, reducing costs and expanding profits.

Andy Ockenfels appointed City Carton Recycling CEO

Andy Ockenfels, Riverside, Iowa has been appointed City Carton Recycling chief executive officer (CEO) by the company’s board of directors. Former CEO, John Ockenfels, retired in September. Andy Ockenfels will continue to also serve as the company’s president.

As president and CEO, Andy Ockenfels will be responsible for providing leadership, direction and control for all aspects of City Carton Recycling. Ockenfels assumes ultimate responsibility for all business decisions, and ultimate control of all business operations. He also implements, gives direction and leadership toward the achievement of City Carton Recycling‘s philosophy, mission, strategy, core values and its annual goals and objectives.

Ockenfels has over 27 years experience with City Carton Recycling, starting with the Company in 1983 as a night shift supervisor for City Carton’s Iowa City recycling facility. In the mid and late 1980’s, Ockenfels coordinated the start-up and operations of the company’s recycling facilities in Mt. Pleasant and Cedar Rapids. Ockenfels served as vice president of operations from 1989 until 2006. He was then appointed president, and continues to serve in that position, and as CEO.

Ockenfels is also very active in state and national recycling associations. In 2010, Ockenfels was appointed and served on Iowa Governor Chet Culver’s Comprehensive Recycling Task Force. He is currently serving on the Governor’s Green Advisory Committee.

Benlee hires general sales and marketing manager

Benlee, headquartered in Romulus, Michigan, has hired Jim Reeves as the company’s general sales and marketing manager. Reeves’ primary responsibilities will include overseeing the national and international trailer and truck sales, product development and all of Benlee’s marketing strategies.

Reeves is a 15 year veteran of the waste industry and prior to joining Benlee was the South region sales manager at Rudco Products from 2003 to 2010. He is a 1995 graduate of Clemson University in South Carolina.

Lanair Holdings acquires Clean Burn, Inc.

Lanair Holdings, LLC has acquired Clean Burn, Inc. Based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Clean Burn is a niche manufacturer of waste oil furnaces and boilers.

For 31 years Clean Burn has been a leader in the manufacturing and selling of waste oil heaters and boilers used to transform used motor oils generated by cars, trucks, heavy equipment, boats and other vehicles into free heat. Clean Burn distributes its products through the largest and strongest distribution network in the world.

Lanair Holdings, which specializes in EPA-approved and UL-listed waste oil heaters that reduce energy costs and help the environment, will maintain the Clean Burn distribution network. The company will also continue to sell the Lanair brand of heaters factory-direct to end-users.

The business will be operated as Clean Burn, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lanair Holdings LLC.

Joel Anderson joins Cusco sales team

Cusco, a Wastequip brand, has added Joel Anderson to manage its Gulf Coast and southwestern United States territory. Anderson will have responsibility for Cusco’s entire line of mobile vacuum equipment and hydro excavators.

Anderson brings over twenty years of industry experience to Cusco with a background that includes the offshore and marine equipment markets as well as industrial tank cleaning and oil and gas. On the waste side, Anderson has experience helping environmental, drilling and construction companies with their waste management needs. Additional experience includes the pulp and paper and chemicals industries.

Gerdau Ameristeel now AISI producer member

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) welcomed Gerdau Ameristeel as a member of AISI. The AISI board of directors approved Gerdau Ameristeel as a producer member at its quarterly meeting held in Washington, D.C.