MARCH 2010

 

  BUSINESS/ORGANIZATIONAL BRIEFS

Kris Lane named GM of nonferrous operations

Upstate Shredding LLC, announced that Kris Lane has joined the company as general manager of nonferrous operations. Nonferrous operations include the acquisition, processing and recovery of metals other than iron and alloys without appreciable amounts of iron, such as aluminum, copper, zinc and brass.

Before joining Upstate, Lane was joint product manager for Schnitzer Steel at the Company’s Everett, Massachusetts port facility. There he managed daily operations and technology upgrades for a plant that produced up to 4.5 million pounds of nonferrous metals per month, primarily for international export.

Prior to Schnitzer, Kris Lane was operations manager for NFR Northeast in Auburn, New York and continued there in that position when it was acquired by the Reserve Management Group in 2003. While at NFR, Lane worked with engineers and leading technology partners to design and build a heavy media plant employing eddy current technologies, the primary method of separating nonferrous from ferrous metals.

Advanced Disposal refinances credit facility

Advanced Disposal Services Inc. located in Jacksonville, Florida, said it has approximately $80 million available for acquisitions and general corporate purposes after having refinanced its existing credit facility with a new $400 million first lien bank credit facility.

“The new $400 million credit facility allows Advanced Disposal to continue its disciplined growth strategy by providing sufficient liquidity over the next four years,” said Advanced Disposal CEO Charlie Appleby.

Earlier this month they acquired multimaterial recycler Sumrall Recycling Services Inc., based in Hattiesburg, Missouri. Advanced Disposal provides integrated waste services in the Southeast and is part of Highstar Capital’s portfolio of companies under its Star Atlantic Waste Holdings, L.P. which also includes Interstate Waste Services and North East Waste Waste Services.

Agromin recycles over 365,000 tons green waste

Agromin, the green recycler for more than 50 communities in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Orange counties, recycled 366,800 tons of green material from residents and businesses in 2009. The amount recycled was a 21 percent increase over 2008 when 302,139 tons were recycled.

Green material, primarily grass clippings, leaves, trees, brush and wood, is collected and delivered to Agromin’s recycling facilities. Non-green items (i.e., plastics, bottles, paper) are removed before the material is chopped and composted into soil products. The process takes about 60 days. The soil products are then distributed to growers, landscapers and consumers.

Covanta completes acquisition of Veolia EfW

Covanta Holding Corporation announced that it has successfully completed its previously announced acquisition of a 3,000 ton per day operating contract in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The businesses acquired from Veolia consist of the operating contracts associated with six energy from waste (EfW) businesses, ownership and operation of a seventh EfW facility located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and one transfer station, also located in Pennsylvania. Each of the businesses acquired includes a long-term operating contract with the respective municipal client.

The aggregate purchase price for the businesses acquired was $450 million and the acquisition is expected to contribute approximately $60 million of operating cash flow during 2010. Covanta’s portfolio now includes operation of 45 EfW facilities that annually convert approximately 20 million tons of municipal solid waste annually into renewable energy.

Waste Pro acquires Delta Sanitation in Mississippi

Waste Pro has closed on the acquisition of Delta Sanitation in Gautier, Mississippi. This is the largest acquisition made by Waste Pro. The acquisition includes a residential, commercial and roll-off hauling company that employs 124 people, a recycling facility and 2 C&D / Industrial landfills. The acquisition consideration consisted of cash and Waste Pro stock.

Delta is the predominate waste collection company in the coastal Mississippi area of Biloxi and Gulfport. This now brings Waste Pro’s southeast United States presence up to six contiguous states.

Greenstar North America appoints new CEO

Houston-based Greenstar North America announced the appointment of Michael Simmons as its chief executive officer.

Simmons, who joined Greenstar in December 2009, brings an exceptional track record with 20 years operational leadership experience in senior positions. Most recently, Simmons came to Greenstar from Q Investments where he served as senior operating partner. Q Investments is a multi-billion dollar, multi-strategy hedge fund. Simmons also spent 20 years at General Electric where he held international leadership positions in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, business development and operations.

Simmons will replace Mike Wynne, who has been serving as interim CEO during Greenstar’s chief executive search. Wynne will continue in his role as chairman and chief executive of NTR’s international recycling operations. NTR, the international renewable energy group, is a leading developer of renewable energy and recycling, based in Dublin, Ireland.

Navistar announces new name for mixer business

Navistar International Corporation introduced Continental Mixers as the latest addition to the Navistar portfolio of brands.

The new name of the Company, Continental Mixers, LLC, signals a new chapter in the already strong heritage of Continental Manufacturing Company, which Navistar acquired in December 2009. Continental Mixers will offer a full lineup of rear discharge mixer products sold under both the Continental Mixers and CBMW Mixers brands. Continental Mixers will continue to operate independently with operations based in Houston, Texas.

In addition to current Continental Mixers’ sales and service locations, Navistar is finalizing plans to add approximately 30 additional locations throughout the United States and Canada within the year. These locations will be affiliated with existing International® truck dealerships and offer a full line of service parts for both mixers and chassis. In addition, service locations will have the equipment and capability to perform comprehensive chassis and body maintenance, from oil changes and tire rotations to complete mixer drum replacement and maintenance.

Steve Wilkening appointed engineering manager

Tubelite Inc. has hired Steve Wilkening as an engineering manager helping to expand the Company’s architectural aluminum products nationwide. Wilkening will report to company president Ken Werbowy and manage the engineering and product development staff.

Along with thermal performance, Wilkening will aid Tubelite in its product development and verification of hurricane-resistant and blast-mitigating systems.

Wilkening draws from a 25 year career in engineering fenestration, entrances and related building products. Most recently, he worked as the vice president of engineering for Caldwell Manufacturing Company in Rochester, New York. During his time with this supplier of window counter balance hardware, he supported residential and commercial window manufacturers. These have included Tubelite’s sibling, Wausau Window and Wall Systems.

Prior to joining Caldwell, Wilkening served as director of engineering and product development for Weather Shield Manufacturing Inc. in Medford, Wisconsin; SNE Enterprises Inc. of Mosinee, Wisconsin; and Peachtree Windows and Doors in Atlanta. Prior to this, he worked for 14 years at residential building products manufacturer ODL, Inc. of Zeeland, Michigan.

Doosan Infracore announces new dealer

Doosan Infracore Portable Power has appointed Air Compressor Sales of Macon, Georgia as an authorized dealer of its Ingersoll Rand-branded line of portable air compressors, mobile generators, light compaction equipment and lighting systems for central Georgia.

Air Compressor Sales has been a full-service dealer of quality compressed air solutions for the commercial, industrial and construction segments for 45 years. The Company provides new sales, rental, parts and service of both portable and stationary air compressors, from small reciprocating air compressors to large industrial compressors. With the addition of the entire portfolio from Doosan Infracore Portable Power, Air Compressor Sales now offers the full line of Ingersoll Rand-branded portable air compressors from 90 cfm to 1,600 cfm, the entire line of mobile generators from 25 kVa to 570 kVa, as well as light towers, rammers, walk-behind plate compactors and rollers.

Steve Angell signs with ENVIRON in Chicago

ENVIRON announced that Steve Angell has joined the firm as business development director for North America.

Angell has over 25 years of experience in professional services client relationship development and management, which will enhance ENVIRON’s ability to serve its clients.

Smurfit-Stone opens new European sales office

Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation’s Recycling division announced the opening of its European office in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The Rotterdam office is part of Smurfit-Stone Recycling International, which represents the Company’s recycling and waste solutions business outside North America.

The Rotterdam location will source recovered paper in Europe for sale in China through the Company’s Shanghai office. The material will also be sold to Smurfit-Stone’s customers elsewhere in Asia as well as in Europe and Central and South America.

Smurfit-Stone is investing in automated sort systems and focusing on strategic partnerships with municipalities, waste haulers, communities and environmental organizations in order to mine deeper into the waste stream.

SouthWaste Services acquires processing facility

SouthWaste Services, LLC, a portfolio company of Rock Hill Capital, announced its acquisition of a waste processing facility in central Florida. This fully permitted municipal liquid waste stabilization process site has a current permit capacity of 15.3 million gallons of waste material per year. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The permitted entity, Central Florida Disposal Interests, is located near Orlando, Florida where SouthWaste maintains a liquid waste collection operation.

China Recycling Energy appoints new member

China Recycling Energy Corp. (CREG), an industrial waste-to-energy solution provider in China, announced that the board of directors approved the increase in the size of the board from six members to seven members and has appointed, Robert Chanson, as its seventh board member.

Chanson was also appointed by the board as a member of its Compensation Committee and as a member of its Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. In connection with the appointment of Chanson to the Compensation Committee, Timothy Driscoll resigned his position as a member of the Compensation Committee and was appointed as a member of the Audit Committee.

Chanson has served as the chairman of Calventis SA, Switzerland since 2009 and the chairman of Samba Minerals Ltd, Australia since 2008. He previously served as the chairman and chief executive officer of AmbioCare Holding from 2001 to 2007, a director of Plant Health Care plc in the U.K. from 2004 through 2008, a director of Plant Health Care, Inc. in the United States from 1995 through 2004, and a director of EHC Viridian Ltd. in the U.K. from 1999 to 2001.

Leonard Cherry elected to board of directors of HCA

Leonard Cherry, owner of Houston-based Cherry, has been elected to the board of directors of the Houston Contractors Association (HCA) for a two-year term.

Action Carting acquires two transfer stations

Action Carting Environmental announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire select New York City assets of Republic Services, Inc. Action also announced that it has completed the acquisition of privately-held East End Sanitation, Inc. Terms of both transactions were not disclosed. The transactions are expected to close in the second quarter, subject to customary regulatory approvals.

With these acquisitions, Action Carting will add 20 vehicles to its existing fleet of 100, two transfer stations to its operations, and increase its on-the-ground workforce to over 350. Transfer stations are where materials are processed for sorting and disposal.

Smurfit names Matt Denton senior vice president

Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation announced the promotion of Matt Denton to senior vice president of business planning and analysis.

Denton joined Smurfit-Stone in 2006 as vice president of business transformation. In that role, he created a detailed scaling plan for the Company’s container division to support the division’s capital investment and overall transformation.

Prior to joining Smurfit-Stone, Denton worked for Georgia-Pacific from 1992 to 2006, where he held positions of increasing responsibility, including vice president of strategic sourcing.

Nucor vice president Joe Rutkowski to retire

Nucor Corporation executive vice president of business development Joseph A. Rutkowski announced his plans to retire at the end of February after 21 years of service with Nucor.

Effective March 1, 2010, R. Joseph Stratman assumed responsibility for business development activities while continuing his role as executive vice president of Beam and Plate Products. Stratman began his Nucor career in 1989 as controller of Nucor Building Systems, Waterloo, Indiana. He then served as controller of Nucor-Yamato Steel Company from 1991 to 1998; general manager of Nucor Steel, Norfolk, Nebraska from 1998 to 1999; and general manager of Nucor-Yamato Steel Company from 1999 to 2007. He was promoted to vice president in 1999 and to executive vice president in 2007.

Catalyst Paper announces departure of CEO

Catalyst Paper announced that Richard Garneau, the Company’s chief executive officer, will be leaving the Company on April 28, following the Company’s annual meeting of shareholders. Garneau advised the board of directors that for personal reasons he will be moving back to eastern Canada to be closer to his family.

A search for a successor will begin immediately.

California American Water appoints Monica Na

California American Water has appointed Monica Na as its new water conservation manager.

In her new role, Na will oversee the Company’s water efficiency programs throughout the state. Her responsibilities will include managing conservation field staff as well as formulating and implementing conservation programs to fulfill the Company’s mission to significantly reduce water use in each of its service districts. She will also oversee the Company’s effort to cut water waste within its own operations.

Na comes with a strong background in analytical and organizational management having managed numerous interdepartmental projects within the Mayor’s office in Chicago to her most recent role of performing complex financial and program analysis as a management auditor for the City of San Francisco’s board of supervisors.

Dick Gust appointed to Liberty Tire’s new EAC

Pittsburgh-based Liberty Tire Recycling, a provider of tire recycling services in the United States, announced the appointment of Dick Gust as co-chairman for the newly-formed Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) of the Tire Industry Association (TIA).

In his role with the EAC, Gust will help oversee the 12-member organization, which was designed to provide strategic information, advisory services, educational programs and governmental assistance to promote green operations and environmental awareness throughout the tire industry. Gust serves as president, national accounts at Liberty Tire Recycling.

The EAC replaces the Tire and Rubber Recycling Industry Council. The new council will work to encourage TIA members and others in the tire industry to be more energy efficient in their operations, reduce waste, ensure safety and reuse, repair or recycle tires as much as possible.

Gust served as past chairman of the Tire and Rubber Recycling Advisory Council, is a 16-year board member of the Tire Industry Association and served as past president of the Tire Industry Association. Gust’s previous honors include the Industry Leadership Award from the International Tire and Rubber Association and the Governor’s Corporate Recycling Award from the State of Illinois.

Rosenberg appointed VP of business development

OPX Biotechnologies Inc. (OPXBIO), a renewable biochemical and biofuel company, announced the appointment of Michael J. Rosenberg as vice president of business development. Rosenberg brings 24 years of alternative energy and environmental business experience to OPXBIO where he is responsible for creating strategic partnerships to accelerate the commercialization of bio-based chemistry and fuel products.

Prior to OPXBIO, Rosenberg was vice president of business development at Evergreen Energy, a cleaner coal technology company. From 1998 to 2008, he held senior management positions at the hydrogen fuel cell company, Ballard Power Systems, including director – corporate development and strategy, director – business development, and business director – material handling. While at Ballard, he helped form Chrysalix Energy Limited Partnership, a venture capital firm in the cleantech industry.

Prior to Ballard, Rosenberg was senior treasury manager with Genentech, Inc. and held various positions in finance, environmental project management and engineering with McKesson Corporation and ExxonMobil Company USA.

Cereplast recruits sales and marketing veteran

Cereplast, Inc. announced that it has appointed David J. Homyak as West Coast regional director, sales and marketing.

Homyak has been an executive level sales professional for over 30 years. His numerous successes in the highly competitive plastics industry include leading 210 percent business growth over a 4-year period while serving as Western business region general manager for General Electric Plastics; the development of 20 million pounds of product growth in new market opportunities in his role as Western regional sales manager for PolyOne; and his efforts to put Spectra Color on a course to exceed its sales goals by $50 million by the year 2012.

Vortex appoints Iberfluid Instruments as agent

Vortex Valves Europe, Ltd. announced the appointment of Iberfluid Instruments, S.A. as Vortex’s official agent in Spain and Portugal.

As an authorized agent of Vortex Valves, Iberfluid Instruments will manage technical inquiries and service for Vortex’s full line of problem-solving slide gates and diverters.

Iberfluid was established in 1972 and maintains several divisions, including a solids handling division managed by Xavier Miquel. Headquartered in Barcelona, the company also maintains offices in Balboa and Madrid, with a proposed office in Lisbon.