City of Lorain selects FirstEnergy Solutions

Lorain, Ohio selected FirstEnergy Solutions to supply discounted electric generation to six city facilities, including the city hall, a water plant and two wastewater treatment plants and pump stations, through December 2019. As part of this eight year agreement, FirstEnergy Solutions became the premier sponsor for Pipe Yard Stadium.

Swisher Hygiene acquires waste and recycling assets

Swisher Hygiene Inc., a provider of essential hygiene and sanitation products and services, has acquired certain solid waste and recycling assets of FSR Transporting & Crane Services, Inc.

FSR provides solid waste management and recycling services to the South Florida region, which includes the collection, hauling and disposal of solid waste and recyclables from commercial, C&D and roll-off customers and accounts.

Total consideration paid by Swisher Hygiene in connection with the acquisition was $1.1 million in cash.

Lars Koller joins Vecoplan as new engineer

Lars Koller has joined Vecoplan LLC as a sales and project management engineer. Koller earned a five year advanced Mechanical Engineering degree from Fachhochschule Hannover, Germany in 2001. He brings 10 years of engineering experience from Focke & Co., working first in research and development at Focke’s Verden, Germany headquarters and then as Manager of the Design Department at Focke’s Whitsett, North Carolina facility.

Koller’s responsibilities will include coordinating the design and development of turnkey shredding systems for the recycling sector. He will also oversee the manufacture and implementation of his projects once the engineering phase has been completed, ensuring continuous quality control throughout the process.

Johnson Crushers promotes Cheryl Pugh

Johnson Crushers International, Inc. (KPI-JCI) promoted Cheryl Pugh from order processing specialist to order processing manager. In her new role, Pugh will be responsible for coordinating overall order processing function and managing the activities of the order processing specialist.

Pugh was most recently employed by Momentive Specialty Chemicals in Springfield, Oregon.

Waste Connections moves headquarters to Texas

Waste Connections, Inc. announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters to The Woodlands, Texas. Waste Connections expects the relocation to be completed by September 2012.

The company expects to incur an estimated $15 million of costs during 2012 related to personnel and office relocation expenses.

In addition, the company may incur a loss in 2012 on its existing corporate office lease.

Hagenbuch technology licensed to Hitachi

LeRoy G. Hagenbuch, chairman of Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc., announced that he and Hitachi Construction Machinery, the HCM Group, which includes Hitachi Truck Manufacturing company and Wenco International Mining Systems Ltd, have expanded their existing license agreement to include collection of real-time data.

The original license agreement from January 2000 between LeRoy G. Hagenbuch and Euclid-Hitachi Heavy Equipment, encompasses various vehicle management systems patents.

Under the agreement, LeRoy G. Hagenbuch grants HCM a nonexclusive license in the United States and Canada to utilize the technology represented by these patents to produce HCM products covered by these patents.

Copper Wire Stripper wins innovative product award

Copper Wire Stripper Ltd., headquartered in Ontario, Canada, received the 2011 NECA Showstopper Award for the most innovative product at the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) show. The award was received for the company’s CWS-1 wire stripper.

Township trustee joins SWACO board of trustees

Six-term Franklin Township, Ohio trustee Timothy Guyton has been appointed to the SWACO board of trustees by the Franklin County Township Association.

SWACO executive director Mills feels Guyton’s local government experience will be invaluable to the SWACO board. “As the long-time chairman of the Franklin Township Trustees, he understands the pressures on government to deliver services to taxpayers while keeping costs in check. His work with SWACO to form a waste consortium for his township and other communities brought about increased trash and recycling services at a lower overall cost for citizens.”

Mills also believes the new SWACO trustee’s work in clean up efforts for Franklin Township and the west side of Columbus will be a perfect fit with SWACO’s Environmental Crimes Task Force of Central Ohio.

ReCommunity acquires Hudson Baylor facilities

ReCommunity, a company in the resource recovery industry, has acquired Hudson Baylor. With the addition of Hudson Baylor’s 12 facilities in the Northeast and Southwest, two additional facilities opening in 2012, and 300 employees, ReCommunity will operate 36 facilities in 12 states, and employ 1,150 people. The move also initiates ReCommunity’s expansion into the Western United States with material recovery facilities (MRFs) in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Tucson, Arizona.

Hudson Baylor’s glass bottle recycling facility also complements ReCommunity’s operations.

Andrew Logsdon joins Wise Recycling as president

Andrew Logsdon has joined Wise Metals Group as president of Wise Recycling. The position, which reports to Wise Metals Group executive vice president and COO, Wes Oberholzer, will be located at the recycling center’s headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Logsdon comes to Wise Recycling from Alcoa Energy, where he was finance director and business integration manager. While at Alcoa, he served as the controller and finance director of United States Primary Products, the controller of Alcoa’s Massena operations, the controller and finance director of Global Foil, and the director of Energy Risk Management. Logsdon also worked for MidAmerican Energy Company in Des Moines, Iowa.

Bud Bradley retires after 40 years at Riverside Products

Riverside Products has announced Bud Bradley, account manager, retired in December 2011 after 40 years with the company. Upon his retirement Bradley plans to participate in volunteer work, travel in his RV and potentially begin a second career.

Riverside Products has over 50 years of history in the recycling industry, as a provider of rotors, wear parts and field service to metal recycling facilities throughout the world.

Bandit Industries welcomes dealers in Midwest, South

Bandit Industries announced 2 new dealers that bring 172 years of combined experience to residents of Illinois, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas.

Central Illinois AG is located in the heart of the Illinois prairie, serving a wide range of customers through a repertoire of small and large equipment representing 18 manufacturers.

Locations in Atlanta, Farmer City and Clinton, Illinois will offer new equipment sales, parts and service for Bandit hand-fed chippers and stump grinders, serving customers throughout Central Illinois.

Williams Equipment and Supply serves customers throughout the Mid-South by offering a wide variety of equipment and tools. Bandit hand-fed chippers and stump grinders will join their inventories at six locations throughout Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas.

Amy Schaffer joins RPTA as executive director

The Recycled Paperboard Technical Association (RPTA) has appointed Amy Schaffer as the executive director as of February 16, 2012.

As the executive director, Schaffer will oversee all aspects of the organization and work with the board of trustees to set and implement the Association’s course.

Schaffer began her career at the Environmental Protection Agency, handling hazardous waste management issues. From there, Amy joined A.T. Kearney’s environment, health and safety division. She then went on to the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), where she was responsible for a variety of environmental issues, including as the lead for the US in developing ISO environmental management standards.

After a decade at AF&PA, she joined Weyerhaeuser Company representing the company on environmental issues before both the executive and legislative branches of government. Since 2008, Amy has assisted AF&PA on key industry environmental issues, including EPA’s boiler MACT rules.

Green for Life acquires Turtle Island Recycling

Green for Life (GFL) Environmental Corp. and Turtle Island Recycling (TIR) Corp. have merged their operations, creating Southern Ontario’s largest waste management company.

GFL, already one of Canada’s fastest growing full-service waste management companies, has officially purchased TIR, one of Southern Ontario’s largest recycling and waste management companies.

The GFL-Turtle Island combination has created a one-stop shop for waste management and recycling services in Southern Ontario. With 10 transfer and recycling stations, a soil remediation facility and three liquid waste storage and treatment facilities – GFL can process more than 2 million tons of soil, solid waste and recyclables each year.

GFL now employs more than 1,000 people and services more than 10,000 commercial customers and one million households, across Ontario and Canada. This includes the recently awarded contract to supply residential waste collection to the City of Toronto’s District 2 which covers the west end.

Vecoplan appoints Bill Davison service director

William Davison has been named the service director of Vecoplan LLC. Responsibilities of his new position include the planning, allocation of resources, scheduling, and management of maintenance and service on existing machines, systems and control panels in the field.

Formerly general manager at Sieger Mechanical Maintenance LTD, Davison brings over 22 years of mechanical and electrical maintenance experience in the industrial sector, to his new position as service director at Vecoplan.