JANUARY 2012

  BUSINESS/ORGANIZATIONAL BRIEFS

City’s recycling rate goes above national average

Grand Traverse County Resource Recovery Department reported that their 2010 Grand Traverse County Waste Diversion Report calculated a recycling rate of 35.51 percent. The national average recycling rate determined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is 33.8 percent.

Resource Recovery Department Manager Bob Osterhout stated, “The EPA methodology was used to compile the data required for the report. The same EPA methodology was used in 2006 when a recycling rate of 29.28 percent was reported for Grand Traverse County.”

Round2 Inc. agrees to be acquired by Avnet

Round2 Inc. and its parent Round2 Technologies, Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Avnet, Inc.

Round2 Inc. is an eRecycling service provider offering a wide range of integrated asset disposition and technology recovery solutions at each of its United States-based, R2 certified ReDistribution Centers.

Round2 will become part of Avnet Integrated Resources, which provides reverse logistics and after-market services to the global technology industry. The acquisition has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies and is subject to the approval of the shareholders of Round2, as well as customary closing conditions.

The transaction was expected to close in early January.

ESI adds new board member

Environmental Sensors Inc. (ESI) has appointed Matteo Beffa to the board of directors for the company. Appointed as a director at the company’s annual and special meeting, Beffa adds his irrigation industry experience and expertise to the board.

Educated and trained as an agricultural engineer, Beffa brings extensive expertise and experience in agricultural/recreational irrigation to the board of ESI.

Beffa spent five years at Toro’s Swiss subsidiary, where he restructured the irrigation department and handled key accounts in the Swiss Golf-Turf market. As part of an independent assignment, Beffa played a vital role in developing one of the first rainwater drip irrigation systems. In 2005, Beffa founded his own company, MultiOne Suisse, where he now focuses on import and distribution of landscaping, agriculture and irrigation equipment for green areas. Beffa has considerable ties to the European irrigation industry and is committed to supporting ESI in becoming a market leader.

Beffa will take the board seat of Ingvard Find, who, while continuing to serve as the company’s president and CEO, has decided to step down from the board and to not renew his board assignment for another term.

WM acquires Southeastern Recycling in Miami

Waste Management, Inc. of Florida has acquired Southeastern Recycling in Miami, a single-stream recycling facility serving more than 1,000 commercial customers in South Florida.

The 100,000 sq. ft., Southeastern Recycling facility is located in Miami. More than 100 employees process recyclable materials for Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County customers.

Waste Management’s Reuter Recycling Center in Pembroke Pines is the largest residential single-stream recycling facility in the Southeastern United States and process more than 20,000 tons of materials each month. Together, the two facilities will support expanded opportunities for residential and commercial single-stream recycling in South Florida.

First Wind promotes Joe Martin to VP of operations

First Wind announced the promotion of Joe “EJ” Martin to vice president of operations.

Since joining First Wind in 2007, Martin has held various operational positions at several of the company’s projects and most recently served as regional operations manager – East for all of the company’s operating projects in the Northeast. In his newly expanded role, he will be responsible for overseeing the operation and maintenance of all of First Wind’s operating projects in the Northeast, the West and in Hawaii.

Prior to his promotion, Martin held several positions with First Wind including regional operations manager – East, operations manager for the company’s New York-based Cohocton Wind project and associate operations manager for the its Maine-based Mars Hill Wind project. Before joining First Wind, Martin served as chief engineer for Lindblad Expeditions based in Seattle, Washington, which partnered with National Geographic to do small eco-tourism trips all over the world. He also served as relief chief engineer for Hornbeck Offshore Services out of Covington, Louisiana.

USA Recycling buys stake in oil delivery service

USA Recycling Industries, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based scrap metals recycler providing specialty recycling services to automotive service centers throughout North America, has finalized an agreement to acquire 51 percent of the common stock in Energy, Inc, a Reading, Pennsylvania-based fuel oil delivery service provider.

Energy, Inc. sells and distributes fuel oil in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Under the terms, Energy, Inc. transfers 51 percent of right, title and interests of its common stock to USA Recycling Industries, Inc. The agreement further names USA Recycling Industries chairman and CEO Vincent J Smith to serve as CEO and director of Energy, Inc effective immediately. Arlene Weidner will remain as president of Energy, Inc.

Republic Machine celebrates 100th year

Republic Machine is expanding – and celebrated its 100th anniversary. Republic Machine of Louisville, Kentucky, which engineers and manufactures industrial shredders, has doubled growth and added staff in the last three years.

Republic’s sales have doubled in each of the last 2 years, and it has added 10 new full-time positions and a number of part-time flex positions. The company has moved to an expanded headquarters with more functional manufacturing space, and it has quadrupled its office space.

KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens choose manager

KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens has added Bill Royce to their sales and marketing department.

Royce has been named the regional sales manager for mobile crushing and screening equipment sales in the Mid-Atlantic region. Royce worked as a sales representative for Eagle Crusher Company for the past 10 years.

Byers heads Nissan Forklift in business development

Nissan Forklift Corporation announced Lewis Byers as the business development manager for the east region.

Bringing 23 years of sales and operations experience in the materials handling industry to the position, Byers is responsible for business development for 19 Nissan Forklift dealers in the east region of the United States and Canada; his territory stretches from Newfoundland south to Miami, Florida.

Byers earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from the University of North Florida. He resides in Jacksonville, Florida.

Wang named VP of Replas Steering Committee

Eric Wang, managing director of MBA China, was named vice president of the Steering Committee for the plastics recycling committee of the China Plastics Processing Industry Association PRC-CPPIA, the largest organization of the Chinese scrap plastic recycling industry.

This group had its annual conference and trade show in Guangzhou, China. More than 500 guests from China and abroad and government officers from Chinese Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB), China Customs, AQSIQ and local authorities participated. During the conference, China Replas’ steering committee elected Eric Wang, managing director Guangzhou GISE-MBA New Plastic Technology Co., Ltd., the vice president of the committee and one of the steering committee directors. GMP is MBA Polymers’ Chinese subsidiary.