White Birch acquires SP Newsprint Co.

SP Newsprint Co. has entered into an agreement with certain affiliates of Peter Brant, who is the controlling shareholder of White Birch Paper Company, to be acquired for $350 million in an all-cash transaction. Pending the receipt of regulatory approval, the acquisition is expected to close during the first four months of 2008. Subject to obtaining certain consents, it is expected that SP Newsprint will become a subsidiary of White Birch Paper.

Hirschmann moves to new headquarters

Hirschmann Automation and Control, Inc. recently opened a new headquarters facility in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Over 200 customers, local government officials, business leaders from the Chambersburg area, and the CEO’s from Hirschmann’s International Subsidiaries were in attendance for the opening.

The new 35,000 square foot facility features expanded office and warehouse space along with a state-of-the art training and conference center. The facility houses Hirschmann’s three divisions: ECS (electronic control systems), INET (industrial networking), and ICON (industrial connectors). Hirschmann U.S. currently employs 76 people that support the North and South American Markets.

VeraSun Energy names Danny Herron president

VeraSun Energy Corporation appointed chief financial officer, Danny Herron, to the additional post of president, effective January 1, 2008. The appointment was unanimously approved by the company’s board of directors. Herron replaces Don Endres, who will remain as the CEO.

Herron joined VeraSun as senior vice president and CFO in March 2006. Previously he was executive vice president and CFO at Swift & Company, in Greeley, Colorado. Prior to that, Herron was vice president and senior financial officer at ConAgra Beef Company and held senior-level positions with Borden Foods Company and Frito-Lay, Inc.

Tube City operation achieves ISO certification

Tube City IMS, LLC, a provider of products and services to steel mills and foundries throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, South America and Asia, announced that the Company’s Granite City, Illinois, operation has received ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System certification from Steel Related Industries Quality System Registrar, Inc.

Companies that achieve Quality Management System certification to ISO 9001:2000 have demonstrated effective implementation of documentation and records management, top management’s commitment to their customers, establishment of clear policy, good planning and implementation, good resource management, efficient process control, measurement and analysis of key performance factors and institutionalized continual improvement.

Budget Waste acquires We Haul Waste Inc.

Budget Waste, Inc. (BWI) has completed the acquisition of We Haul Waste, Inc.

We Haul Waste operates a fleet of roll off trucks and containers located in south and central Alberta, Canada and has experienced considerable growth in the past two years. The equipment and technologies used by We Haul Waste are similar to that used by BWI currently, making the incorporation of assets into the current system straightforward.

City Carton hires new VP of sales and marketing

Brian Holtz, of Eldridge, Iowa, is the new vice president of sales and marketing for City Carton Recycling.

Holtz will be responsible for the leadership and direction of all sales and marketing matters. His responsibilities include coordinating the sales, marketing and customer service team; planning, developing, implementing and managing all sales, marketing, and customer service activities; and developing sales and marketing strategies and distribution channels.

Holtz has over 15 years experience in the solid waste and recycling industry, previously serving five years as City Carton Recycling’s Quad Cities Recycling facility manager and two years as the Company’s Eastern Division manager.

Holtz was chairperson of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee Church Council member for the First Congregational Church in Moline, Illinois. He served as vice president of the Illinois Recycling Association in 2004 and on its Board of Directors from 2002 through 2004. He continues to be actively involved in the Illinois Recycling Association and the Iowa Recycling Association.

Holtz will be based out of City Carton Recycling’s corporate offices, located in Iowa City.

ENSR’s Glenn wins national award for safety

William Glenn, ENSR’s senior associate geologist, has earned the Individual Safety Advocate Award from the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).

The Individual Safety Advocate Award recognizes the individual who has made the strongest contribution to promote, improve, maintain, and enhance safety in daily working operations. The award was presented at the NGWA Water Expo in Orlando, Florida in December.

Glenn led ENSR’s program to rapidly train Chevron’s employees on advanced safety procedures and protocols after the company’s acquisition of Unocal.

The program included job safety analyses, safety audits, traffic control standards, and comprehensive health and safety measures designed to minimize workplace injuries.

A registered geologist in two states, Glenn is a member of the NGWA, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the Society of Professional Engineers.

Heil Environmental hires new chief quality officer

Heil Environmental has hired Crista Stamper as its new chief quality officer (CQO).

As CQO, Stamper is responsible for improving Heil’s quality infrastructure, while providing leadership and direction for the company’s lean manufacturing initiatives and Six Sigma processes. She will help facilitate and guide every part of the business in continuous improvement activities.

Stamper has experience in lean manufacturing, Six Sigma methodology, program management and manufacturing. Most recently, she served as plant manager for a Dana Corporation facility in McKenzie, Tennessee. Prior to coming to McKenzie, she was also a plant manager in Danville, Kentucky and a plant superintendent in Henderson, Kentucky.

Stamper also held the position of division plant quality manager for a Dana facility in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, where she was responsible for the total quality system in multiple plants. She has also worked for Mark IV-Dayco Products as quality manager, and at General Motors-Delphi as senior supplier quality engineer.

Stamper is based at Heil’s facility in Fort Payne, Alabama.

Centre Partners acquires Liberty Waste Services

Centre Partners Management, LLC completed the acquisition of Liberty Waste Services, LLC in partnership with members of Liberty’s senior management team and Centre Environmental Partners, Inc. (CEP), an affiliate of Centre Partners.

Liberty, which has been renamed Environmental Logistics Services LLC (ELS), is a provider of solid waste transportation and disposal services for customers throughout the Northeast and Midwest. The Company handles municipal solid waste and construction and demolition debris through three facilities located in New Jersey and Ohio. Liberty operates a rail transloading facility in Kearny, New Jersey, a 1,285 acre landfill in Springfield Township, Ohio, and a transfer station in Bridgeport, Ohio.

Centre Partners completed the acquisition in partnership with two of Liberty’s senior executives, Darren and Anthony Rizzo, who will serve as ELS’s CEO and COO, respectively. The Rizzos founded Liberty’s rail operations in New Jersey and are 15-year veterans of the waste transportation business.

Nortrax joins Morbark as Minnesota dealer

Nortrax Equipment Company in Minnesota, the most recent addition to the Morbark family, has signed on as the authorized industrial equipment dealer for the state of Minnesota. With three Minnesota locations, Bemidji, Duluth and Grand Rapids, Nortrax offers the full line of Morbark wood waste recycling and forestry equipment.

In addition to Morbark equipment, Nortrax also handles John Deere Construction, John Deere Forestry and Hitachi Construction and Mining equipment.

Terex adds ALL Erection & Crane Rental as dealer

Terex Crane has named ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. a tier-one dealer in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The tier-one distinction means that ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. will be a dealer for all Terex brands, including Terex, Demag, American, and Peiner.

Terex is actively consolidating their dealer network. Terex dealers, like ALL, must also have the ability to provide after-the-sale service with highly responsive parts delivery and field service designed to maximize lifetime return on investment.

Fred Prins joins the NEXGEN sales force

Marathon Equipment, a member of Dover Corporation’s Industrial Products group, announced that Fred Prins has joined the NEXGEN Baling Systems sales department as the regional sales manager for the Eastern Hemisphere (Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Australia).

Prins will be based in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.