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Casella Waste Takes
Next Step in Old Town Landfill Transaction
Rutland, VT— Casella Waste
Systems, Inc. along with the State of Maine and Georgia-Pacific,
has closed on transactions pursuant to which the State takes ownership
of Georgia-Pacific’s Old Town landfill and Casella Waste Systems
becomes the facility’s operator.
The transactions are the next steps
in a course of action established by the Maine state legislature
when it authorized the state last spring to purchase the Old Town
landfill and select an operator to run the facility, company officials
Under the terms of the transactions,
Casella Waste Systems will pay the state, and the state will in
turn pay Georgia-Pacific, $12.5 million in cash and $13.5 million
in letters of credit, which become payable upon the issuance of
an expansion permit for an additional 7 million cubic yards of commercial
capacity. The state will own the site and Casella Waste Systems
will have a 30-year operating agreement.
Bush Supports Great
Detroit, MI— President Bush’s
2005 budget proposal will include an unprecedented $45 million for
the cleanup of contaminated sediments in the Great Lakes system.
The increase in Great Lakes Legacy Act funding was announced by
EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt while visiting Belle Isle, an island
park in the Detroit River, which is one of 31 heavily polluted “Areas
The $45 million will be used to
start or further the cleanup of 4 to 6 of the “Areas of Concern,”
sediment that is heavily contaminated with PCBs, heavy metals and
polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The request is a $35 million
increase over 2004 Legacy Act funding.
“This major increase in funding
demonstrates the President’s commitment to preserving and
protecting these Great Lakes,” Administrator Leavitt said.
“Accelerating the cleanup
of these contaminated areas will help keep the pollution from moving
out into the lakes where cleanup becomes dramatically more difficult.”
EPA will work with states, tribes
and other stakeholders to identify sites that will receive money
Joins South Carolina in Environmental Software Program
Augusta, ME— Maine and South
Carolina have signed a five-year agreement to share an environmental
information system with an expected development cost savings between
$100,000 and $300,000 per year, the Maine Department of Environmental
Protection (MDEP) reported. “This joint venture will allow
the states of Maine and South Carolina to establish new and innovative
information management capabilities and at the same time save monies
for taxpayers of both states by cooperatively sharing work-product
and software”, said David P. Littell Maine DEP’s Deputy
Commissioner. “The pact between the Maine Department of Environmental
Protection and South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental
Control will benefit both states by serving as the framework for
future additions and updates to the existing information system,”
according to Robert W. King, DHEC’s Deputy Commissioner for
Environmental Quality Control.
Conference Focuses on Scrap Tire Reuse Options
Washington, DC— The tire industry
and state environmental officials want to improve ways of putting
old tires to new uses.
The Rubber Manufacturers Association
and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality will jointly
host the 2nd Heartlands Regional Tire Management Conference, June
2-4, 2004, at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Omaha, Nebraska.
The conference will focus on scrap
tire issues in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Colorado, South
Dakota, Oklahoma, Illinois, Arkansas and Minnesota.
The conference will feature presentations
on participating states’ regulatory and legislative programs,
as well as the major markets for scrap tires: rubber modified asphalt,
civil engineering, coarse rubber and tire-derived fuel. Other
expected topics include tire baling, the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency’s Resource Conservation Challenge and best practices
on stockpile abatement.
a 43% Web Traffic Increase
Salt Lake City, UT— RecycleNet
Corporation announced a substantial increase in online network traffic
Recycle Net (www.recycle.net) operates
a web-based trading platform for recyclable industrial materials
such as glass, metal, rubber, paper, wood and plastic, along with
used vehicles and equipment. Generators, brokers, dealers, processors
and consumers use Recycle-Net’s trading websites to buy, sell
and trade recyclable materials and used items.
The company reported 66.5 million
page views over the course of 2003, a 43% increase over the number
of page views in 2002, and 1.8 million website visitors per month
from over 150 countries worldwide. RecycleNet also reported a total
of 188 million page views since the launch of the network in 1995.
"RecycleNet's unique role is
to provide global, online access to the growing market of recyclable
materials," said Paul Roszel, Chairman and CEO of RecycleNet
Corporation. "Our record network traffic is an indication of
the incredible success we have achieved in this enterprise.
Sonoco Raises Paperboard
Hartsville, SC— Sonoco will raise prices on
uncoated recycled paperboard by $50 per ton effective March 1, 2004.
Mr. Jim Bowen, senior vice president, Global Paper
Operations, indicated “Market conditions over the past few
years have not allowed us to recover mounting energy, insurance,
healthcare and pension costs, all of which remain high. In addition,
we are now seeing increasing recovered paper costs, characterized
by escalating spot price increases in all regions well in excess
of published prices. While our productivity and cost-cutting initiatives
have helped us maintain prices, we cannot continue to absorb this
combination of cost pressures.”
Arlington, VA— The Polyurethane’s
Recycle and Recovery Council (PURRC) is making a call for papers
for its annual conference, scheduled for October 18-20 in Las Vegas.
PURRC’s annual conference
attracts more than 1,000 attendees and exhibitors. At last year’s
conference, two papers on polyurethane foam recycling technology
won best paper awards.
Persons interested in presenting
at the show are asked to submit a 100-500 word abstract describing
the presentation. The abstracts are due March 15.
Previous recycling topics have
included automotive shredder residue, energy recovery, recycling
education, mattress recycling, markets for recycled goods, and new
equipment for recycling processes.
Centers of America Enters Contract with Electric Company
Minneapolis, MN— Appliance Recycling Centers
of America, Inc. announced it has signed a contract with Southern
California Edison Company (Edison) to handle appliance recycling
operations in Edison’s service territory under California’s
Statewide Residential Appliance Recycling Program for the years
2004 and 2005.
ARCA said it expects to recycle approximately 70,000
old but working refrigerators and freezers during each year of the
two-year contract. The new contract is effective January 1, 2004
through December 31, 2005.
AK Steel Sets World
Middleton, OH— AK Steel said
employees at its Middletown, Ohio steel plant have set a world record
for consecutive heats of carbon steel cast on a two strand continuous
caster. In a sequence that began on December 28, 2003, crews at
Middletown Works cast 1,354 consecutive heats of steel. The sequence
was ended on February 5, 2004 for a planned maintenance outage.
“Achieving a world casting
record is an extraordinary performance by AK Steel employees,”
said James L. Wainscott, president and chief executive officer of
AK Steel. “My congratulations go to each Middletown Works
employee who contributed to this record-setting effort.”
Caster employees worked accident-free
during the record-breaking run. During the sequence, the shop produced
300,588 tons of carbon steel slabs. Employees in the maintenance,
transportation and blast furnace departments also contributed to
the record performance.
USA Reports Profitable Fourth Quarter
Houston, TX— Metals USA, Inc.
announced results for the three months and full year ended December
Net income for the fourth quarter
of 2003 was $2.6 million, or $0.13 per share. For the full 2003
year, net income was $7.5 million, or $0.37 per share. Net income
and earnings per share comparisons for the same periods last year
have not been presented due to the significance of that year's adjustments,
primarily fresh-start accounting, reorganization expenses and the
reorganization gain aggregating $52.6 million (pre-tax), which were
recognized upon the successor entity's emergence from Chapter 11.
Sales for the fourth quarter of
2003 were $249.5 million, compared to a combined amount for the
successor and predecessor company of $229.2 million for 2002. Operating
income for the fourth quarter of 2003 was $4.0 million, compared
to a combined operating loss for the successor and predecessor company
of ($11.5) million for 2002.
Offers Free Waste Stream Analysis
Winimac, IN— Galbreath, Inc.
now offers customers a free waste stream analysis when purchasing
Galbreath waste handling, recycling, and environmental equipment.
The waste stream analysis includes
an on-site visit and consultation by a Galbreath waste professional
that will make equipment recommendations based on a customer’s
specific needs and applications. The on-site consultation is followed
up by a written proposal with estimated costs and savings. In addition
to equipment purchases, the company offers lease and rental programs.
The waste stream analysis is offered free of charge. More information
on the new program is available by calling 800-285-0666.
Scozzafava Joins Keep
America Beautiful's Board
Stamford, CT— Ralph Scozzafava,
vice president & managing director of the North American and
Pacific businesses for the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, one of the world’s
leading manufacturers and marketers of confectionery products, has
been named to the national board of directors of Keep America Beautiful®,
Inc. it was announced last week at the Keep America Beautiful board
of directors’ meeting in Charleston, South Carolina.
Mr. Scozzafava will assume the board
seat of former Wrigley senior vice president, Americas Gary McCullough,
who recently joined the Ross Products Division of Abbott Laboratories
as its senior vice president.
Peterson Pacific Produces
Eugene, OR— Peterson celebrated
the production of the company’s 1,000th machine - a model
4700 horizontal recycler, sold to Pioneer Machinery of Columbia,
South Carolina. Pioneer has been a successful, long-time Peterson
distributor in the U.S. Southeast states.
The 4700, Peterson’s newest
horizontal recycler, is designed for high volume contractors looking
for a mid-sized machine. Like the other machines in Peterson’s
line of recyclers, the 4700 utilizes a patented upswing three-stage
grinding process. The quick change multiple grate system and the
Peterson Smart Control system further enhance the flexibility and
performance of this new recycler. For more information, visit www.petersoncorp.com.
American Iron and
Steel Institute Elects Chairman
The Board of Directors of the American
Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has elected David Sutherland, president
and chief executive officer, IPSCO Inc., to a one-year term as chairman.
Sutherland succeeds Daniel R. DiMicco,
vice chairman, president and CEO, Nucor Corporation, who served
as chairman of AISI throughout 2003 and will serve this year as
a vice chairman of the Institute. The Board has also elected to
one-year terms as vice chairmen of the Institute the following:
Guillermo F. Vogel, H., vice chairman of the Board, Tubos de Acero
de Mexico, S.A. de C.V.; and Thomas J. Usher, chairman and CEO,
United States Steel Corporation.
David Sutherland joined IPSCO in
1977, and has worked in all operating areas of the company –
steel, coil processing, and tubulars, in both manufacturing and
sales. In April 2000, Sutherland moved to the operational
headquarters of IPSCO in Lisle, Illinois, and was appointed executive
vice president and chief operating officer in April 2001.
Sutherland holds directorships with
the Canadian Steel Producers Association, and the International
Iron and Steel Institute and is also a member of the Canadian Council
of Chief Executives.
Link-Belt Adds Distributor
Lexington, KY— LBX Company,
makers of Link-Belt Earthmoving, Forestry and Material Handling
Equipment, has announced the appointment of Hoss Equipment Company
in Irving, Texas as a new authorized distributor of Link-Belt excavators,
articulated trucks, wheel loaders and material handlers for the
northern counties of Texas.
Hoss Equipment is a leading heavy
construction and mining equipment distributor globally. The company
offers sales, rentals, parts, and service to the heavy highway construction,
mass excavation, landfill, aggregate, quarry, coal mining, and precious
metals mining segments.
Dabasinkas Joins Autocar
In an effort to enhance Autocar’s
ability to serve its growing customer base, the company has appointed
J. R. “Dabo” Dabasinkas to the position of director
of product distribution.
Mr. Dabasinkas joins Autocar from
Trucks & Parts of Tampa, Florida and Paris, Ohio. He has extensive
experience in running heavy truck and automotive businesses and
has over 20 years of experience with Caterpillar.
Maine Plastics Opens
New Michigan Facility
Schoolcraft, MI— Maine Plastics,
Inc. has opened a 51,000 sq.ft. processing plant and warehouse in
Schoolcraft, Michigan. The plant will serve automotive suppliers
and other plastic manufacturing companies in the area and in surrounding
The plant employs 15 people and
features three granulators, a baler, and sortation systems.
“We need to be located near
our sources of supply”, stated Robert Render, president. “We
want suppliers and customers to know that we will go where they
are to provide the services and support they require.”
Maine Plastics, Inc. operates a
200,000 sq.ft. processing plant and warehouse in North Chicago,
Illinois with 80 employees.
Waste Industries Makes
Raleigh, NC— Waste Industries
USA, Inc. announced the acquisition of L & M Sanitation. Founded
in 1988, L & M Sanitation provides private residential subscription
services to eastern North Carolina.
Waste Industries also announced
the acquisition of All American Waste Management, Inc., a residential
and recycling services provider in the northern metro Atlanta market.
Castille Named Secretary
for Department of Environmental Protection
Tallahassee— Governor Jeb
Bush named Colleen Castille as Secretary of the Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP). Castille currently serves as the Secretary of
the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). She began her new duties
as DEP secretary on February 27.
Under her leadership DCA continues
to offer technical assistance to local governments and residents
while supervising community growth, environmental assessment, disaster
planning, community revitalization as well as comprehensive planning
and affordable housing. Secretary Castille has worked to bring local
government support for improved wastewater management, land conservation
acquisition, and the protection of natural habitat in the Florida
Keys. She was also appointed by Governor Bush to the Wekiva River
Basin Coordinating Committee, where she served as vice chair.
Before being appointed to DCA, Castille
served as chief cabinet aide to Governor Bush and specialized in
environmental matters. She researched and helped develop Cabinet
policy regarding Local Government Comprehensive Plans, Areas of
Critical State Concern, Developments of Regional Impact, water-use
Disputes, and Community Development Districts.
In 1988 Castille joined newly elected
Insurance Commissioner Tom Gallagher’s office and was eventually
promoted to senior cabinet aide. In 1995, she joined Education Commissioner
Frank Brogan’s office as chief cabinet aide. In 1999, Governor
Bush recruited Castille to join his leadership team as chief cabinet
Wastequip May Fab
Offers Repair and Refurbishing
Brookhaven, MS— Wastequip
May Fab now offers repair and refurbishing services at its Houston
service center. The new May Fab refurbishment facility specializes
in repairing front, rear, and side load containers, compactors,
In addition to repair services,
the center also stocks new equipment including front and rear load
containers, roll-off containers, compactor receiver containers,
stationary and self-contained compactors, hoists, and aftermarket
The May Fab Houston facility is
located at 4000 Oates Road in Houston, Texas and can be contacted
by calling 866-264-0997.
IMCO Recycling Announces
Exchange Offer for Senior Secured Notes
Irving, TX— IMCO Recycling
Inc. has commenced an offer to exchange up to $210 million principal
amount of its 10 3/8% Senior Secured Notes, Series B, due 2010,
which have been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, for
a like amount of its existing 10 3/8% Senior Secured Notes, Series
A, due 2010, which had been issued on October 6, 2003 in a transaction
exempt from registration. The exchange offer is being made under
the terms and conditions contained in the company’s prospectus
dated February 6, 2004. The exchange notes will be identical in
all substantial respects to the original notes being exchanged,
except that the transfer restrictions and registration rights applicable
to the original notes generally do not apply to the exchange notes.
The exchange offer and associated
withdrawal rights expires at 5:00 p.m. (EST) on March 8, 2004, unless