Automotive Parts Rebuilders Association Extends Officers Terms
Chantilly, VA - The Automotive Parts Rebuilders Association (APRA) has announced the extended terms of their Executive Committee Officers for the year 2002. Due to the unparalleled events surrounding September 11, 2001, and the cancellation of the 2001 "International Big R Show," it was decided that APRA's Officers should continue in their elected positions for an additional year, serving out their terms at the 2002 "International Big R Show" in Las Vegas, Nevada.
APRA's Executive Committee will be led by Richard Lovely, chairman of the board. The other officers are Pete Kaburick, first vice chairman; Robert McLaren, second vice chairman; Michael Droullard, treasurer; Mike Hill, secretary; Evan Hammer, Jr., immediate past chairman; Stephen Fallen, past chairman; Rick Baker, manufacturing supplier representative; Joseph Rhodes, core supplier representative, and Albert Abney, chairman, past chairman's committee.
American Iron and Steel Institute Elects New Chairman, Other Officers
Washington DC - The Board of Directors of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has elected John T. Mayberry, president and CEO of Dofasco, Inc., to a one-year term as chairman. Mayberry succeeds Duane R. Dunham, former president and CEO of Bethlehem Steel Corporation, who served as chairman of AISI throughout 2001.
Also elected by the AISI Board of Directors to serve as vice chairmen of the Institute are Daniel R. DiMicco, President, CEO, and Vice Chairman of Nucor Corporation, Thomas J. Usher, Chairman, President and CEO, United States Steel Corporation, and Guillermo F. Vogel H., CEO, Tubos de Acero de Mexico, S.A.
Waste Management Elects Carl Vogt to its Board of Directors
Houston, TX - Waste Management, Inc. has elected Carl W. Vogt to its board of directors. Mr. Vogt is a senior partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the national law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, and has a long career in transportation, safety and security issues.
Mr. Vogt will replace Paul M. Montrone, who is retiring after serving as a director of the company or one of its predecessor companies since 1989.
Small Town Electronics Collection Program Underway in Northeast
The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) has been working with communities in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine to begin designing used electronics collection programs appropriate for small towns. With a grant from USDA's Rural Development Agency, NERC staff will offer its assistance and expertise at no charge to the communities to tackle the extra challenges of recycling and reusing electronics in low population areas. The communities must have populations under 10,000 and median household income figures below the state average.
In Vermont, NERC will be working with the town of Springfield and the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District (CVSWMD). In Maine, the town of Pittsfield will be participating. In New Hampshire, NERC was scheduled to meet with the town of New Boston, the BCEP (Barnstead, Chichester, Epsom & Pittsfield) Solid Waste District, the North Country Council, and the Pemi-Baker Solid Waste District.
NERC has had discussions with several electronics demanufacturers to gauge their interest in, and their capacity for, receiving residential material from these communities.
NERC also has been researching the various regulatory and practical requirements that will be involved in implementing at least six small community programs across three states.
Reprinted with permission from the NERC e-mail bulletin, January 2002.
Video Shows Process for Making Tote Bags from Plastic Bottles
Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary David E. Hess presented a certificate of appreciation to Paul Boeckel, a third-grade student at East Pennsboro Elementary School in Enola, Cumberland County, for his idea that became a "GreenWorks" video about recycling. The five-minute video, is called "From Bottles to Bags."
"Last year, Paul received one of our tote bags made from recycled soda bottles," Secretary Hess said. "In a letter to us, he mentioned he would like to see how that's done. We thought it was a great idea for an educational video since a lot of other people would like to see the process, too."
The fabric of the bag is made from recycled plastic soda bottles. It takes two-and-a-half, two-liter plastic bottles to make one bag.
The video shows the entire process of how a tote bag is madeó from the collection of the bottles at the curb, to the sorting process at the recycling facility, to the fabric company that creates the fiber from the bottles, to the company that weaves the fiber into cloth and, finally, to the company that sews and silk-screens the bags.
International Paper to Eliminate Capacity, Jobs
Stamford, CT - International Paper announced that as part of on-going optimization efforts, the company's Industrial Packaging Group will eliminate 350 jobs and reduce its containerboard capacity by 100,000 tons.
The Oswego, New York containerboard mill was shut down in January, eliminating 102 jobs and 100,000 tons of linerboard, medium and kraft papers capacity. All of these tons will be transferred to other company locations.
In addition, 250 jobs will be eliminated across the other mills as processes are being modified to take advantage of new technologies and facility rationalizations. The majority of those reductions will occur at the Savannah, Georgia, mill, where 150 people will be affected by the reconfiguration of facility assets.
The 350 jobs represent a 10 percent reduction in the mill workforce of the Industrial Packaging Group, while maintaining current production levels.
Updated Guide for Paper Recycling Symbol Use
Washington, DC - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has published an updated guide for using the paper recycling symbol. The "Paper Recycling Symbol Guidelines & Environmental Marketing Claims" is a revision of its guidelines.
The guide now includes information on making environmental marketing claims and includes updated information from the Federal Trade Commission and the International Organization for Standardization. This guide is to help businesses use the recycling symbol correctly. To receive a copy of the guide, call Gretchen Kornely at 202-463-5156.
Bureau of International Recycling Looks at Stainless Steel Market
Brussels, Belgium - The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) has reported on the stainless steel and special alloys markets as of January.
Stainless Steel: Following the de-stocking phase in the fourth quarter, most stainless steel consumers have come back into the market in January seeking higher volumes. The demand for stainless steel scrap will far outpace the supply, which forces consumers to decrease scrap charges and purchase higher volumes of nickel. Most consumers appear to have covered their January requirements prior to the hike in nickel prices.
Special Alloys: The dramatic reduction in demand for special alloys and aerospace materials indicated in BIR's previous report still continues. Titanium in particular has seen prices fall back and the view is that we have now reached rock-bottom pricing.
Changes from the previous quarter: The opening of the London Metal Exchange (LME) nickel market after the holiday period saw an increase to US $6,300 by January 8, compared to a closing figure on December 28 of US $5,670. The likely explanation, however, is a need for speculative short positions to be covered, which can result in a sudden fall-back of nickel to the mid US $5,000 by the end of January. In any event, the short-term situation on nickel is unclear.
Outlook for the short and medium term: Expectations are for higher demand from consumers with continued low availability of scrap. BIR also anticipates a short-to-medium term stability in ferrochrome prices.
Badger Paper Appoints Sales/Marketing Vice President
Peshtigo, WI - Badger Paper Mills, Inc. appointed Thomas R. Harper as vice president sales and marketing of Badger Paper Mills, Inc. He is responsible for sales and marketing operations of the company, including customer service and business development.
The 1980 University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate held various marketing positions in Wisconsin's paper industry before relocating to Plano, Texas, where he was vice president of sales and marketing at Ampad L.L.C.
ARA Services Corporation Appoints Directors
Fairfax, VA - The ARA Services Corporation appointed three new directors on the ARASC Board - Greg Freeman, owner of Freeman's Auto Salvage Center in Joplin, Missouri, and one of Automotive Recyclers Association's past presidents; Joe Nissenbaum, owner of Nissenbaum's Auto Parts in Somerville, Massachusetts; and Ed Anspach, owner of Anspach Used Auto Parts in Grantville, Pennsylvania and another of ARA's past presidents.
IMCO Recycling Plant Receives ISO 9002 Certification
Irving, TX - IMCO Recycling Inc. said that its Swansea, Wales aluminum recycling plant has received an ISO 9002 Certificate of Registration after an audit of its quality management system by the British Standards Institution (BSI).
David M. Owens, general manager of the Swansea facility, said receipt of the certificate "demonstrates that we operate a management system which meets internationally accepted and measurable standards of quality. This is a very important accomplishment for our Swansea employees because it assures that customers will consistently receive the highest quality products. It also provides a sound platform for further improvement including our program aimed at receipt of the ISO 14001 Environmental Standard."
Smurfit-Stone Appoints Two to Senior Executive Posts
Chicago, IL - Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation promoted two of its executives to senior positions at the company. James P. Davis has been named vice president and general manager for the Corrugated Container Division, the company's largest business. He succeeds Peter F. Dages, who has resigned from the company. Charles A. Hinrichs has been named vice president and chief financial officer to fill the vacancy created by the election of Patrick J. Moore as the company's president and chief executive officer. The changes are effective immediately. Mr. Hinrichs, 48, joined the former Jefferson Smurfit Corporation in March 1995 as vice president and treasurer and has served in that same capacity at Smurfit-Stone since the company was formed. Prior to joining Jefferson Smurfit Corporation, he served 14 years with Boatmen's National Bank of St. Louis. He held a number of senior management positions, including senior vice president and chief credit officer.
J & L Specialty Steel Appoints President/CEO
Pittsburgh, PA - J&L Specialty Steel, Inc. appointed Joseph K. Kusic to the position of president and chief executive officer of the company effective February 1, 2002. Mr. Kusic succeeds Jacques Chabanier who has been promoted to the position of senior executive vice president for Arcelor, the new company formed from the merger of European steelmakers Aceralia, Arbed and Usinor, J&L's parent.
Mr. Chabanier will be in charge of purchasing, research and development, information technology, e-commerce and global alliances. Arcelor is headquartered in Luxembourg.
Mr. Kusic, 53, currently senior vice president-operations for J&L, joined the company in 1999 after having been employed as vice president and general manager of Washington Steel Corporation's operations.
U.S. Plastic Lumber Corp. to Sell Clean Earth, Inc.
Boca Raton, FL - U.S. Plastic Lumber Corporation's board of directors unanimously approved a signed purchase agreement to sell Clean Earth Inc. (CEI), its environmental services and recycling division, to New CEI, Inc., a corporation recently formed by Founders Equity, an investment group headquartered in New York.
The purchase price consists of the following: $45 million in cash; the retention of $5.5 million in debt in CEI; the issuance of Junior Preferred Stock with a stated value of $5 million and a five percent PIK coupon; and the issuance of warrants to purchase four percent of the purchaser. In addition, USPL will retain certain assets of CEI with a current book value of approximately $4.5 million. The purchase price is subject to adjustment primarily based upon the amount of working capital and debt assumed at closing. The closing of this transaction will be subject to government approval, approval by the shareholders of USPL, consent from certain lenders, and other conditions. It is the intent of the parties to close this transaction by the end of February subject to meeting all conditions precedent to closing.
USPL also announced that it has signed a forbearance agreement with its senior lenders in connection with USPL's senior credit facility. The forbearance agreement permits USPL to defer the principal payments on its term loan that were due September 30, 2001 and December 31, 2001, and allows USPL to continue to borrow and repay loans on its revolving credit facility. Under the terms of the agreement, the senior lenders have agreed to take no action against USPL for not making the principal payment due September 30, 2001 and for violations of financial covenants as of that date.
Wilson Logistics Enters U.S. Market
Las Vegas, NV - Wilson Logistics Inc., a Toronto-based logistics provider, has moved into the United States.
Wilson Logistics Nevada, the new Wilson company, is a leading provider of transportation services. It has signed a 10 + 10-year contract with Republic Services Inc. of Southern Nevada.
Wilson Logistics Nevada will haul solid waste from various Las Vegas transfer stations to the Republic Apex Landfill.
In addition to establishing Wilson Logistics Nevada, Wilson also started a new leasing company, Trailcon Leasing North America, to provide trailers and maintenance services to the local market.
Under the terms of the contract with Republic Services of Southern Nevada, Wilson Logistics Nevada will haul 1.7 million tons of solid waste per year, approximately 350 truckloads per day.
GE Plastics Acquires LNP Engineering Plastics
Pittsfield, MA - GE Plastics, a unit of General Electric Company has agreed with Kawasaki Steel Corporation of Japan to acquire Kawasaki's LNP Engineering Plastics business. The sale is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2002. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
GE Plastics intends to acquire the stock of Kawasaki Chemical Holding Company, which is the parent company for the corporations making up the LNP Engineering Plastics business.
The LNP business will be combined with the complementary business units already operated by GE Plastics to form a global compounding business designed to provide superior customer service and delivery of compounded materials.
The resulting business will have 13 manufacturing locations throughout the world including: Selkirk, New York; Thorndale, Pennsylvania; Columbus, Indiana, Katy, Texas (recycle materials); and Santa Ana, California, in the U.S.; Cobourg, Ontario, Canada; San Luis Potosi, Mexico; Sao Carlos, Brazil; Raamsdonksveer, The Netherlands; Pontirolo, Italy; Fosses, France; Thornaby, United Kingdom; and Seremban, Malaysia. Headquarters will be at Exton, Penn.
The acquisition is subject to government approval in the United States and in a number of other jurisdictions around the world.
Columbus McKinnon Introduces Wire Rope Line
Amherst, NY - Columbus McKin-non Corporation (CM) introduces a new line of wire rope products, the Yale Global King and the Shaw-Box World Series. CM's new wire rope hoists offers lifting capacities of 5, 7.54 and 10 metric tons and standard lifts of 25 to 40 feet. In the United States the Yale Global King is available through distributors of CM's Yale Industrial Products operation and the Shaw-Box World Series is available through distributors of CM's Lift-Tech operations.
CM reports that the company has modernized the design, used metric-rated capacities and incorporated requested features. Enhanced features include lower headroom, more flexible lifting speeds and improved positioning control.
Wheeling-Pittsburgh Develops Financial Support Package
Wheeling, WV - Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel has developed a $27.2 million plan of financial support that will allow it to survive its cash crisis. If approved, the financial package will provide the resources to enable Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel to continue its operations.
The plan includes $5 million in loans by the State of West Virginia, and $7.2 million from the State of Ohio.
"This financial support plan involved complex negotiations, with participation contingent on the involvement of other parties. When finalized, this package will ensure that we survive this crisis and that it will continue to provide jobs in Ohio," said James G. Bradley, president and CEO.