Associations team up to
sponsor rubber modifed asphalt conference
Washington, DC— The rubber and asphalt industries are joining
together to educate buyers, sellers and other stakeholders on
the benefits of rubber modified asphalt.
The conference, “Second Rubber Modified Asphalt Conference
- Working Together to Improve Roads,” will be held at the
Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Antonio, Texas May 18-19, 2005.
This conference will teach attendees about the uses of rubber
modified asphalt, facilitate discussions between industries and
government agencies and gain knowledge on materials and specifications.
The Rubber Manufacturers Association is co-sponsoring the event
with the Rubber Division, American Chemical Society.
One of the conference highlights will be a field trip to a nearby
rubber modified asphalt pavement project. The event will also
feature tabletop exhibits and other sponsorship programs.
Central States Tire Recycling
agrees to remove tires from two unpermitted sites
Central States Tire Recycling of Nebraska LLC has agreed to remove
scrap tires from two sites it allegedly operated without a permit.
The company and its owners, William S. Miner and Mary Beth Miner,
reached a settlement with the Nebraska Department of Environmental
Quality and the State Attorney General´s Office. The state
alleged that Central States Tire Recycling operated sites in Dodge
and Cuming Counties without a permit and did not comply with an
order to cease operations and remove the tires from the sites.
The DEQ estimates that the company had more than one million
tires combined at the two sites. Central States Tire Recycling
must remove the tires and close the sites by July 1 or face civil
The state also included as parties to the settlement Nebraska
Ag Products Co. and TransAgra Capital Corp., two corporations
related to Central States Tire Recycling.
Auto parts sales goes self-service
Detroit, MI— Soave Enterprises, a Detroit-based company,
has teamed with long-time auto parts professional Bill Wild to
form Parts Galore, a self-service, used auto parts retail outlet
that enables customers to remove and purchase parts.
With an initial investment of $5 million, Parts Galore will
open its first store in Detroit this spring and plans to open
additional outlets in Michigan. Parts Galore operations are also
planned for the Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio markets.
Intechra debuts as remarketing
Carrolton, TX— One of the pioneering companies in the business
of commercial remarketing and recycling of technology products
is Intechra, LLC, formerly known as Resource Concepts, Inc. (RCI).
Board chairman, Chip Slack, said the new corporate identity
is meant to suggest a new, bolder vision for the company. He said
the company also will expand its remarketing and recycling services,
and specifically intends to expand its distribution business for
efurbished computers, peripherals and components - both domestically
In October, Intechra named Cindy Brannon, recruited from Hewlett-Packard,
as its new CEO. Brannon brings to Intechra more than 18 years
of corporate management experience in the technology industry.
Since the company’s founding, it has received eight patents
on its end-of-life processing and has opened the door for new
uses of recycled base materials. For more information on the company,
Rechargeable battery group
sees 7.7% recycling increase
Americans recycled 7.7 percent more rechargeable batteries last
year, according to the industry´s latest data.
The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corp. released its 2004 data
in February. The nonprofit group´s recycling program collected
more than 4.4 million pounds of rechargeable batteries, 7.7 percent
more than in 2003. The group´s Call2Recycle cell phone collection
program has amassed more than 48,000 cell phones since its April
Interest from national retailers, businesses, communities and
other recycling programs has increased since 2003, said Ralph
Millard, RBRC executive vice president. More than 30,000 retail
and community collection locations participate in the RBRC´s
cell phone and rechargeable battery recycling programs. More than
400 portable rechargeable battery and product manufacturers and
marketers fund the RBRC.
Wastequip Accurate appoints
Erial, NJ— Wastequip Accurate, manufacturer of waste handling
and recycling equipment, announced the appointment of Ed Badinghaus
as regional sales manager. In his new position, Badinghaus will
be responsible for serving Wastequip Accurate customers throughout
“In addition to Ed’s energetic and customer service
oriented approach to selling, his waste hauling background and
experience make him the ideal person to work with our customers
and help them with their solid waste handling equipment needs,”
stated Seth Weingarten, vice president of sales and marketing
for Wastequip Accurate.
Heil names Banowetz key
Chattanooga, TN— Heil Environmental has appointed an industry
veteran with more than 20 years experience to handle some of the
fastest-growing accounts in the refuse collection industry. Marv
Banowetz, who most recently served as Heil’s technical training
manager, has been named key account manager. In this role, Banowetz
will be responsible for new vehicle sales and support for Onyx
Waste Services, Waste Connections, IESI/BFI Canada and other key
Banowetz’s understanding of Heil refuse collection vehicles
is unmatched. He has been with the company for nine years, working
in field service, technical support, customer service and training.
He also served as branch manager of the Heil Arizona distributorship
in Phoenix. Since 2002, Banowetz has led Heil’s technical
training program, organizing curriculum, conducting dozens of
classes on Heil equipment and dispatching the company’s
exclusive mobile training centers to customer locations around
Waste Management elects
Weidemeyer to Board
Houston, TX— Waste Management Inc. announced that Thomas
H. Weidemeyer, formerly senior vice president and chief operating
officer of United Parcel Service Inc. and president of UPS Airlines,
was elected to its Board of Directors.
Weidemeyer’s career at UPS included a broad range of experiences
in the U.S. and managing Latin American operations. Mr. Weidemeyer
started at UPS in 1972, and held various assignments of increasing
responsibility before being named vice president of UPS Airlines
The election of Weidemeyer brings the size of Waste Management’s
Board of Directors to nine members, eight of whom are independent.
U.S. Can announces management
Lombard, IL— Philip Mengel has joined U.S. Can Corporation
as chief executive officer. George V. Bayly will remain actively
involved in the Company as executive chairman.
Mr. Mengel, currently a director of U.S. Can, was the chief
executive officer of English Welsh & Scottish Railway in Britain
from January 2000 through December 2003. From 1996 to January
2000, Mengel was the chief executive officer of Ibstock plc, an
international building products company based in London. Mengel
is also director of The Economist Newspaper Group Ltd.
Rulmeca to assemble motorized
pulleys in U.S.
Wilmington, NC— Rulmeca Corporation, a manufacturer of
motorized pulleys for bulk handling, recently announced they will
assemble Motorized Pulleys in Wilmington, North Carolina beginning
June 2005. The pulleys, which are built specifically for belt
conveyors, are designed with the motor and gearbox hermetically
sealed in the steel shell, making them compact, reliable, and
safe in harsh environmental conditions.
“Our customers cannot always wait weeks for Motorized
Pulleys to ship from our factory in Germany,” said Rulmeca
Corporation President, Mike Gawinski. “So, assembling pulleys
at our Wilmington facility will enable us to ship key items within
Copart strengthens Southeast
Fairfield, CA— Copart, Inc., a provider of vehicle salvage
disposition services in the U.S., announced the opening of its
seventh salvage yard in the state of Florida and its nineteenth
in the Southeastern region. The 21-acre greenfield facility located
in Ocala, Florida will add needed capacity in the northern part
of the state, which is currently serviced by yards in Orlando,
Jacksonville and Tampa, Florida.
Copart, founded in 1982, provides vehicle suppliers, primarily
insurance companies, with a full range of services to process
and sell salvage vehicles through auctions, principally to licensed
dismantlers, rebuilders and used vehicle dealers.
Xethanol Corp. announces
New York, NY— Xethanol Corporation, a leader in the emerging
waste-to-ethanol industry, announced the closing of a private
placement of more than $3.0 million and the simultaneous stock-for-stock
merger with Zen Pottery Equipment, Inc., a publicly traded company.
The combined company will now operate under the name Xethanol
Corporation and will assume and execute Xethanol’s business
plan as its sole business going forward. Xethanol will retain
its senior management team, led by Christopher d’Arnaud-Taylor,
its chairman and chief executive officer. Xethanol’s shares
will be listed on the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Bulletin Board initially
under the trading symbol ZPYE.OB. Following the closing of the
private placement and merger, Xethanol will have approximately
13.1 million outstanding shares of common stock.
This private placement and merger transaction will enable Xethanol
to expand its capacity and capitalize on favorable market, political,
environmental and pricing trends for ethanol.
Gerdau Ameristeel posts
earnings of $338 million
Gerdau Ameristeel Corp. reported increased profitability and
sales for 2004 and attributed the results to its adaptation to
dynamic market conditions and its integration of three major acquisitions.
The company posted net income of $337.7 million, or $1.45 per
fully diluted share, on revenue of $3.0 billion for the year ended
Dec. 31. Those figures compare with a net loss of $26.7 million,
or 14 cents per share, on revenue of $1.8 billion for fiscal 2003.
The board of directors approved the initiation of a quarterly
cash dividend. The initial cash dividend of US$0.02 per common
share is payable March 4, 2005 to shareholders of record at the
close of business on February 16, 2005.
Ely Enterprises named dealer
of the year
Cleveland, OH— NexGen Baling Systems, a division of Marathon
Equipment Company based in Vernon, Alabama, announced that Ely
Enterprises, Inc. was named Dealer of the Year and Top Dealer
Over Quota by NexGen Baling Systems for the second year in a row.
NexGen Baling Systems is one of the fastest growing baling equipment
and conveyor manufacturers in the country. They offer a wide variety
of auto-tie and manual tie balers to meet the throughput and budget
demands of the printing and recycling industries.