MARCH 2011
                                        

  BUSINESS/ORGANIZATIONAL BRIEFS

Call2Recycle names newest member to board

Call2Recycle announced the election of John Bradford, chief innovations officer for Interface Americas, Division of Interface Inc., to the RBRC board of directors. The RBRC board operates Call2Recycle.

Joining the RBRC board of directors from outside of the battery and small electronics industry, Bradford brings a wealth of experience in sustainable innovation, operations and structuring organizations for industry leadership and growth. In his current role, he is among the leaders working to bring Interface Americas toward becoming the first sustainable enterprise company by 2020.

Ecomaine hires Birt as new director of finance

Arthur Birt has been named director of finance and administration for ecomaine, a nonprofit municipally-owned recycling and waste-to-energy organization that serves 24 percent of Maine’s population. Birt’s previous experience includes controller of Great Northern Paper and finance director of Brookfield Power New England.

Birt is a Millinocket native and graduate of the University of Maine at Orono.

Republic Machine hits 100 year anniversary

Republic Machine celebrates its hundredth anniversary this year as the youngest member of the Republic family of companies. The Republic legacy began in 1911 in Louisville with the opening of the Republic Welding Company (RWC), a 15 man automotive machine shop. Since George R. Sotsky and his partner acquired RWC in 1970, the company moved from an automotive emphasis to engineering and manufacturing heavy machinery. Much of the meteoric growth – from $450,000 in annual sales to more than $40 million by 2002 – can be attributed to Sotsky, an electrical engineer determined to improve the way machines work.

Although most of the multiple Republic brands that evolved during this period were sold to employees and outside investors in 2004, Sotsky and his partner retained ownership of Republic Machine, which produces industrial shredders.

Sotsky and his team of engineers developed the patented modular Split-A-Part shredder with a Zoidal cutting system. Compared to similar-sized shredders, the Split-A-Part shredder increases throughput more than 300 percent and lowers operating costs to less than a half cent per pound.

Benlee adds general sales and marketing manager

Benlee, headquartered in Romulus, Michigan, has hired Jim Reeves as the company’s general sales and marketing manager.

Reeves’ primary responsibilities will include overseeing the national and international trailer and truck sales, product development and all of Benlee’s marketing strategies.

Reeves is a 15 year veteran of the waste industry and prior to joining Benlee was the South region sales manager at Rudco Products from 2003 to 2010.

St. Louis Composting to acquire organics company

St. Louis Composting, Inc. has acquired Organic Resource Management, Inc. (ORMI), a large-scale, commercial composting facility located at 13060 County Park Road in unincorporated north St. Louis County. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The purchase will help St. Louis Composting continue its growth as the largest compost producer in the region.

For now, ORMI will continue to operate under its original name with a subtitle depicting it as a St. Louis Composting company.

Parts Galore to break ground on 25 acre facility

Parts Galore, a self-serve used auto parts retailer, will hold a ground breaking ceremony for its third facility in metro Detroit in Monroe County, Michigan.

The 25 acre site is located on Telegraph Road in Ash and Berlin Charter Townships within minutes of I-75 and I-275. The $5million investment is expected to provide the area with 30 new jobs.

The new facility, which is scheduled to open in June 2011, will allow customers to bring their own tools and remove parts from a selection of 2,500 vehicles. Each month, more than 1,000 vehicles are replaced in the inventory.

Veolia names Jim Long as vice president of recycling

Jim Long, president and CEO of Veolia ES Solid Waste Inc., announced the appointment of Tom Riek to vice president of recycling, a newly created position within the company. Veolia ES Solid Waste Inc. is the solid waste division of Veolia Environmental Services North America.

In his new role, Riek will work to continue to define Veolia’s recycling strategy, improve processes and develop new capabilities to enhance the company’s offerings to customers. Prior to his appointment, Riek worked with Veolia ES Solid Waste as a partner of Pebble Creek Partners, LLC.

Prior to joining Veolia, Riek served as chief executive officer of Container Recycling Alliance and as chief financial officer of Recycle America Alliance, Inc.

Riek has more than 25 years of general management, operational, finance and accounting experience in the waste industry.

Roberto named Paladin Construction manager

Paladin Construction Group has appointed Mike Roberto to the position of heavy construction territory manager, covering the Ohio Valley of the United States. He will work closely with all sales, engineering and manufacturing departments within Paladin’s JRB, CP and CustomWorks Brands.

Roberto has a strong background in heavy construction equipment, previously working for Volvo and Caterpillar dealers.

Tubelite adds Scott Huff to sales management

Tubelite Inc. has hired Scott Huff as a client development manager serving customers in North and South Carolina. He works closely with glazing and general contractors, architects, and building owners to provide information on the company’s architectural aluminum products and their green building benefits.

Before joining Tubelite, Huff was employed with Oldcastle Glass’ engineered products division, which now is Oldcastle Building Envelope. Prior to this, he was with The Vistawall Group as an architectural sales representative for the Carolinas.

Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Huff earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from State University in West Georgia and a degree in machine tool technology from West Georgia Technical College. He continues his professional development as a member of the National Glass Association.

WM hires Grace Cowan to head customer service

With substantial experience in developing relationships between businesses and customers, Grace Cowan has been hired by Waste Management to serve as senior vice president of customer experience.

Before joining Waste Management, Cowan worked at Conseco and Banker’s Life Insurance. As a senior vice president, Cowan will serve as a member of the senior leadership team.

Myers joins CDG as regional sales manager

CDG Environmental announced that Peter Myers has been hired as a regional sales manager for the western division. Myers has over 15 years of sales management experience within the industrial and municipal markets. His experience with chlorine dioxide includes five years with Pureline Treatment Systems as western regional director. He is well versed in understanding the nature and complexities of water and waste water treatment, and the issues associated with capital equipment and chemical treatment solutions. He has been successful in overseeing sales and business development functions, including new product rollouts, key account management, customer relationship development, contract negotiations, and required-on-site audits.

Myers will work from CDG’s Irvine, California office and will cover Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Wise Metals to expand Shoals area operations

Wise Metals Group announced a $25 million expansion to its Alabama reclamation operation in Muscle Shoals, a move that will add 43 new employees and further expand the capabilities at the largest and most efficient recycling facility in the world. The announcement was made by Wise chairman and CEO David D’Addario and chief operating officer Wes Oberholzer.

Recently, Wise recapitalized, which allowed for the acquisition of new equipment and further operational streamlining. The Retirement Systems of Alabama is a significant investor in Wise, and partnered to make the recapitalization possible. That move followed on the heels of a major contract to provide aluminum can sheet to Anheuser-Busch, and included previous upgrades to slitting and other manufacturing equipment.

The expansion will include the addition of a melting furnace, a delaquering kiln, shredders, material cleaning equipment and environmental systems.

Bandit adds Flagler to its dealer network

Bandit Industries welcomed Florida-based Flagler Construction Equipment as the company’s newest authorized dealer in the Southeast. Serving the Florida market since 1987, Flagler Construction Equipment will offer Bandit equipment, parts and service through five main branches covering the entire state.

Bandit customers will find Flagler branches throughout the state, including Jacksonville in the northeast, Orlando in central Florida, Tampa in west central Florida, Ft. Myers in the southwest, and Davie on the southeast coast. In addition to these branches, Flagler also maintains an export parts facility in Miami. Flagler will feature a full line of Bandit equipment for sale through their dealer network, including stump grinders, hand fed chippers, whole tree chippers, and Beast recyclers.

Marcotte appointed as Stedman’s sales manager

Eric Marcotte has been appointed as the new southern United States regional sales manager for Stedman and Innovative Processing Solutions. Marcotte’s responsibilities will include selling crushing equipment and systems to Stedman customers. He has over three years of experience in the mining industry, plant operations, and size reduction equipment. Marcotte received a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the University of Kentucky.

Bob Garino joins Export Tax Advisors as vice president

Export Tax Advisors (ETA), a specialty export tax consulting firm, has hired Bob Garino as vice president of commodity services. As a leader in the recycling and analyst community, Garino is a valuable asset to ETA’s commitment to helping scrap exporters capture various federal and state export tax incentives.

Garino has more than 30 years of experience in the scrap commodities markets. He previously worked at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, NARI, Commodities Research Unit, NL Industries and International Nickel Co. Well known as one of the leading experts on the intricacies of the scrap commodities markets, he holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from Monmouth University. He is also a Vietnam veteran, having spent three years in the United States Navy.

Agromin CEO named VCEDA chairperson

Bill Camarillo, CEO of Oxnard, California-based Agromin was named chairperson of the Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA). He takes over the helm from outgoing chair Mike Silacci of AT&T.

Established in 1949 and recognized as a credible political force, VCEDA gives members an opportunity to interact with Ventura County’s civic, corporate, small business and government leaders for a voice in planned, quality growth.