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Organic Waste Solutions names new CEO

Evan Edgar has been named chief executive officer of Organic Waste Solutions, a Sacramento, California-based sustainability consulting firm that focuses on managing organic waste with innovative, closed loop technologies and sustainable problem solving for businesses.

Edgar has 30 years of experience in all aspects of solid waste management as principal of Edgar & Associates, Inc., an environmental engineering firm. He has advocated for green energy incentives, compost market development and greenhouse gas reduction policies before legislative committees, regulatory agencies and local commissions on issues involving the collection, hauling, processing and composting of urban green and yard waste and food waste. He has advised private industry, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations on recycling and organic waste project development matters.

Edgar served as the director of Regulatory Affairs for the California Refuse Recycling Council, a California non-profit trade association representing the interests of over 100 solid waste management companies involved in collecting, hauling, processing, recycling, composting and landfilling organic waste. Edgar co-founded the California Compost Quality Council and the California Compost Coalition.

Advanced Disposal acquires waste haulers

Advanced Disposal has completed the acquisition of the assets of DC Disposal, Inc., further expanding the company’s Indiana footprint. The official asset acquisition was December 31, 2013.

The acquisition includes 900 residential carts, 130 rear load containers and 3 mixed residential and commercial routes that will be serviced by Advanced Disposal’s Evansville, Indiana hauling location. All waste will be delivered to Advanced Disposal’s Evansville Transfer Station and then properly disposed of at the company’s Blackfoot Landfill in Winslow, Indiana. In addition to these assets, four employees will be joining Advanced Disposal, including David Mckeethen, DC Disposal’s owner, as residential/construction sales representative.

Advanced also completed the acquisition of the assets of Sherman Sanitation, Wisconsin. The acquisition includes six commercial routes. The waste will be disposed at Advanced disposal’s Mallard Ridge Landfill in Delevan, Wisconsin.

Bunting Magnetics makes executive appointments

Bunting Magnetics Co. has made appointments at its headquarters operation.

Rod Henricks has been named director of sales reporting to Bunting Magnetics chief executive officer and president, Bob Bunting. Robert Bunting, Jr., succeeds Rod Henricks as product manager-metal detection, reporting to Barry Voorhees, general manager of the Bunting Newton, Kansas, operation.

Cascade Engineering promotes Kenyatta Brame

Cascade Engineering (CE) promoted Kenyatta Brame to executive vice president. Most recently, Brame served as CE’s group services senior vice president and chief administration officer (CAO).

In his new position, Brame will remain CAO and continue overseeing the services group, which includes legal/risk management, human resources, marketing, IT and several other key departments. His additional responsibilities include managing the following business units: IWS, Decade, Xtreme RFID, Cascade Consulting Group and Triple Quest. He will also continue his role as a member of the office of the president and report to Mark Miller, president of Cascade Engineering.

Brame joined CE in 2006 and has been crucial in leading several of CE’s Employer of Choice initiatives. Prior to joining CE he was the senior vice president for operations and merchandising at Sysco Food Services of Grand Rapids, LLC and served as a practicing attorney for Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cumminsky, P.L.C. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Brame holds numerous degrees including a juris doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School, a master’s degree from Michigan State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Wabash College. He has also studied abroad at the University of Nairobi in Kenya.

Association adds director of administrative services

Steven Siesser has been hired as the National Waste & Recycling Associations’ director of administrative services, responsible for human resources, information technology and finances.

Siesser is a seasoned chief financial and operating executive with more than 20 years of experience in national trade associations and retail distribution. He has a long background in accounting, information technology and human resources management.

As a tax practice and business consultant, Siesser has aided businesses with budgeting, operational efficiencies, employee benefits and human resource issues. He has also provided individual and business clients with tax preparation and estate planning services.

In his role as the vice president for finance and administration at the Council on Foundations, and earlier at a similar role with the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Siesser was responsible for business operations for organizations with dozens of employees and thousands of members. In those positions he drove non-dues revenue, implemented a pay-for-performance program and renegotiated tenant, vendor and banking relationships to boost revenue and lower costs.

Waste Pro appoints new chief operating officer

Waste Pro has appointed Chris Ciaccio as chief operating officer.

With more than 17 years of experience in the solid waste industry, Ciaccio has served in virtually every facet of the business, ranging from sales and marketing to director of operations.

Prior to joining the Waste Pro Team in 2011, Ciaccio was the director of operations and business development for Veolia Environmental Services, where he assisted with their acquisition program by implementing an industry database and acquisition tracking program. In addition, while serving as the region manager for the southern region, he was instrumental in increasing their EBIT by $13 million in a 3 year period.

Prior to being named chief operating officer, Ciaccio served as Waste Pro’s chief information officer, overseeing technological and data management processes and procedures.

Avis Industrial acquires Harris Waste Management

Avis Industrial Corporation has acquired The Harris Waste Management Group, Inc. Harris has been in the recycling industry for over 100 years and manufactures ferrous and nonferrous processing equipment. Manufacturing facilities are located in Baxley and Cordele, Georgia, with additional offices in Texas and the United Kingdom.

IROCK adds Mustang CAT to dealer network

IROCK Crushers has added Mustang CAT to its dealer network in the southern U.S.

Mustang CAT, which is headquartered in Houston, is an authorized dealer for Caterpillar with more than 60 years of experience in heavy machinery, power systems and product support. The dealership serves southeast Texas.

Ecoverse acquires interest in Harvest Quest

Ecoverse Industries, the Avon Ohio parent company of DoppstadtUS, has acquired an interest in Longmont, Colorado based Harvest Quest International.

Harvest Quest International has been supplying microbial treatments for the efficient management of compost operations for over 15 years.