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Elizabeth Bartheld joins AF&PA as vice president

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced that Elizabeth Bartheld, has accepted the position of vice president, government affairs for the association.

Bartheld joins AF&PA from Congressman John Sullivan’s (OK-1) office where she served as chief of staff for nearly a decade; prior to that position, she served as legislative director for both Sullivan and Congressman Wes Watkins (OK-3). In her new role, Bartheld oversees all AF&PA federal and state government affairs, the political action committee, and grassroots activities.

Bartheld holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and political science from Baylor University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Maryland.

Alcoa finalizes sale of hydroelectric project

Alcoa has finalized the sale of its 378 MW Tapoco Hydroelectric Project to Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners.

Tapoco is a four-station hydroelectric project located on the Little Tennessee and Cheoah Rivers in eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. The transaction included the 4 generating stations and dams, 86 miles of transmission line, and about 14,500 acres of land associated with and surrounding Tapoco.

Alcoa received proceeds of approximately $600 million from the sale.

Bandit Industries adds new dealers nationwide

Bandit Industries has added several new dealers, serving customers in the south, northeast, and midwest. These dealers join the Bandit North American dealer network to help meet the rapidly increasing demand for Bandit equipment and Zenith knives.

Miner’s Equipment and Truck Repair is centrally located in Oklahoma City to serve customers throughout Oklahoma in a quick, efficient manner. The staff is highly experienced in equipment maintenance and repair, servicing a wide range of machinery but specializing in arborist equipment. In addition to in-depth maintenance, Miner’s Equipment and Truck Repair will stock and sell new Bandit chippers and stump grinders, and they will also stock a full range of Zenith knives.

Bobcat of Bowling Green is located on the outskirts of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Already a dealer for numerous brands including Bobcat, Husqvarna, Wacker Neuson and more, the staff will now offer sales and service for Bandit hand-fed chippers and stump grinders. They will also stock and sell a variety of Zenith chipper knives for numerous chipper makes and models, and they will take care of Bandit customers throughout south-central Kentucky.

Huntsville Tractor and Equipment first opened 40 years ago in Northern Alabama. Huntsville Tractor and Equipment will stock and sell Bandit products. The parts and service department is equipped to handle any maintenance needs, including replacement Zenith knives for most chipper brands.

Dwoskin receives APRA’s DistinguishedServiceAward

Steve Dwoskin, executive vice president of Sourcing for WAIglobal, in Exton, Pennsylvania, was presented with the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association’s Distinguished Service Award. The award honors Dwoskin for “Distinguished Business Statesmanship and Dedicated Service Rendered to the Entire Industry of Automotive Parts Remanufacturing.”

When Dwoskin was in college he went to work for a generator shop in Miami. When the owner died four months later Dwoskin bought the business and quickly learned that one of his biggest problems was obtaining parts. To enable himself to purchase larger quantities of components in order to get the price he needed, Dwoskin started selling to other rebuilders in his area. This eventually led to his company, Auto Electric Suppliers, shipping from their South Florida location, where they also manufactured cleaning equipment to sell to the trade.

Auto Electric Suppliers became one of the most successful rebuilder suppliers in the world servicing over 3,000 regular customers in 76 countries. In 2007, AES merged with WAIglobal where Dwoskin serves as executive vice president in charge of sourcing.

Progressive Waste Solutions completes acquisition

Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. has acquired, through its wholly owned subsidiary Waste Services of Florida, Inc., Choice Environmental Services, Inc. for cash consideration of $123.25 million.

Choice Environmental is a solid waste services company based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Swisher Hygiene.

Product stewardship council expands board

Johnnie Perkins, western region director of municipal services at Republic Services, and Nancy Parris, director of epidemiology at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, have joined the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) board of directors.

CPSC promotes public policy known as extended producer responsibility, or product stewardship, which shifts physical and financial responsibility for recycling products and packaging away from government to the parties that design them – manufacturers. The primary goal is incentivizing better design for the environment by internalizing the costs of capturing, reusing and recycling materials that were formerly headed to landfills and waste incinerators. Some products must be redesigned to achieve zero waste goals.

Since 2009, Republic Services has been a platinum level sponsor of CPSC. Perkins has served as a key member of two California gubernatorial staffs, a California attorney general, vice president George Bush and local elected officials. Moreover, Perkins has managed and directed Republic Services’ Sacramento lobbyist to support key legislation supported by CPSC.

The most recent addition to the board is Parris who has worked in healthcare for over 35 years, mostly in epidemiology and infection prevention. Her responsibilities have included ensuring proper handling and disposal of medical and biohazardous waste in the hospital. She also has expertise in healthcare worker exposures to bloodborne pathogens. Parris has also served on the local and state boards of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

CPSC has led the statewide discussion on the need for producer responsibility for sharps to maintain public health and safety especially to recycling workers; Parris’ expertise will bring a health care perspective to the discussion. Parris is working to establish needle collection from the public at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank and hopefully to the other health facilities owned by the Providence chain.

Covanta Energy’s Meg Morris named VP

Covanta Energy Corporation promoted Meg Morris to vice president of materials management, a new position at the company. The materials management division identifies the best approach in using and reusing resources most productively and sustainably throughout their life cycles.

In her new position, Morris will be tasked with developing and implementing programs that address sustainable waste management needs. This includes assisting existing and prospective clients with waste reduction, reuse and recycling programs, coordinating community outreach and education programs.

Previously, Morris was the director of environmental science and community affairs at Covanta. In that position, she participated in the rollout and implementation of Covanta’s Clean World Initiative, working on the company’s community outreach and mercury reduction programs. She also serves as Covanta’s spokesperson for the award-winning Fishing for Energy program, a public-private partnership aimed at reducing the effects of derelict fishing gear in coastal waters. Prior to joining Covanta, Morris was vice president, governmental programs at EAC Operations, Inc.

Morris is a member of many industry coalitions and organizations and currently serves on the board of directors for the PA Recycling Markets Center, the National Recycling Coalition, the Go Green Initiative, Inc., the Federation of NY Solid Waste Associations and is the president of MassRecycle.

Balcones names Sara Koeninger as senior VP

Balcones Resources, Inc. has promoted Sara Koeninger to senior vice president of corporate services. As senior vice president, Koeninger will sit on the company’s executive leadership committee. Koeninger manages special projects for Balcones, including the company’s safety programs and provides oversight for equipment installations and start-ups.

Bain recognized with APRA Honorary Member Award

The Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) recognized Peter Bain with their Honorary Member Award during their annual International BIG R Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Bain, president of Rand Premium Electronics in Florida, was acknowledged for serving as APRA’s chairman in 2008 and for his many years of service.

Sennebogen adds Rish Equipment to network

Rish Equipment Company was recently introduced by Constantino Lannes, president of Sennebogen LLC, as the manufacturer’s authorized dealer for West Virginia.

Rish Equipment began operations as Bluefield Supply in 1934, led by Lon Rish. Rish became the regional Komatsu dealer in 1983 now operates 12 locations.