Kris Lane named GM of
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
A search for a successor will begin immediately.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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