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ARCA extends contract to Southern California Edison

Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. announced that Southern California Edison (SCE) has selected the company to continue to provide appliance recycling services for the utility’s Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling Program through March 2015. ARCA has provided recycling services for SCE’s program since 1994.

Through the program, participating SCE residential electric customers who turn in operating but energy inefficient refrigerators and freezers are eligible for a $35 rebate for each qualifying appliance. Customers may turn in two qualifying appliances per year.

Doug Trasatt named Akro-Mils director of sales

Doug Trasatt has been named director of sales and marketing of Akro-mils. In his new position, Trasatt oversees all sales, marketing and communications initiatives for Akro-Mils, which is based in Akron, Ohio.

Prior to joining Akro-Mils, Trasatt was sales and marketing manager for Katy Industries, Inc., in Bridgeton, Missouri. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois.

WCA Waste Corp. appoints Cowhey as new CEO

WCA Waste Corporation appointed James J. Cowhey, Jr. as WCA’s chief executive officer. Cowhey joined WCA following the sale of Chicago-based Land and Lakes, Co., where he had served as president and CEO since 2001.

Paul Mitchener, who served as interim CEO, will continue as the chairman of the board of WCA.

AMCS acquires Insight Environmental

AMCS Group has acquired Insight Environmental, a software provider for the recycling and waste industries.

The acquisition of Insight Environmental adds to AMCS’ growing presence in the North American market and adds to the capabilities of its distributor ­. Insight products will complement those offered from AMCS.

Bomag agrees to acquire certain assets from Terex

Bomag has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire certain product lines in North America and the Roadbuilding operations of Latin America.

This acquisition will position Bomag to offer road building products and solutions to customers, and reinforce the global leadership of Marini-Ermont in the mixing plant segment in Latin America.

Jim Bohlig joins board of Recycling Reinvented

Recycling Reinvented, a national nonprofit working to advance extended producer responsibility for waste packaging and printed paper, announced that James Bohlig, founder of ReCommunity, has accepted an invitation to join the board of directors of Recycling Reinvented.

Bohlig brings significant experience and expertise to his new role as board member. Bohlig has over 35 years of experience in the nuclear energy, cogeneration, renewable energy and waste and construction industry sectors. Most recently Bohlig founded ReCommunity, a Charlotte-based recycling company that works with 36 communities in 13 states to process more than 1.8 million tons of valuable commodities each year.

Prior to co-founding ReCommunity, Bohlig spent 19 years with Casella Waste Systems, a leading regional integrated waste management company. Bohlig held various positions at Casella, including president, chief operating officer and chief development officer. Prior to that Bohlig worked at Westinghouse Electric Corporation in various nuclear and waste to energy development and leadership roles.

Southwest Bobcat provides Bandit parts and service

Bandit Industries has partnered with Southwest Bobcat to provide Bandit parts and service support at all five Southwest Bobcat locations throughout Southern California and Nevada. In addition, Southwest Bobcat will also stock and sell Zenith knives and Bandit Revolution® stump grinding wheels/teeth for most chipper and stump grinder makes and models. Bandit Tree Care Products of Southern California will continue to handle new Bandit equipment sales. Both companies will work together to ensure the needs of Bandit customers and tree service professionals are met throughout the Southwest.

Southwest Bobcat has locations in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Riverside, and Las Vegas. Bandit Tree Care Products of Southern California is located in Anaheim.

Vermeer makes changes to leadership team

Vermeer made several promotions within its leadership team. Jason Andringa has been named president, forage and environmental solutions, and Doug Hundt has been named president, underground and specialty excavation solutions.

Both Andringa and Hundt will co-chair the Vermeer executive team, reporting to Mary Andringa in her continuing role as chief executive officer of Vermeer. In addition, Tony Briggs has been named to vice president, sales and distribution.

Jason Andringa has been with Vermeer since June 2005, most recently as vice president with responsibility over distribution and global accounts. As president, he will have oversight of the forage and environmental segments, building visibility to biomass, as well as industrial distribution and corporate engineering.

With 19 years of service with Vermeer, Doug Hundt has been involved in sales, marketing, product development and manufacturing. He was named a Vermeer vice president in 1999, and was group vice president over industrial prior to this promotion. In his role as president, he will oversee the underground and excavation segments, as well as international entities and emerging markets.

Tony Briggs has been named to his vice president role after joining Vermeer in 1998 and working in marketing, sales and various management positions around the company. Briggs was most recently director of underground solutions.

Kralicek retires after four decades of service

Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. (KPI-JCI) thanked Dennis Kralicek for more than four decades of service.

Kralicek worked for Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. for 41 years, starting at the age of 19 when he moved back to his hometown from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Wastequip adds several key leadership positions

Wastequip has added several key leadership positions to support its new mobile products division.

Shawn King, previously Wastequip’s vice president of sales, has been named as president of the mobile products division, assuming leadership of the mobile division with responsibility for the Galbreath, Cusco, Mountain Tarp/Pioneer and Parts Place brands. During her career, King has held various marketing, sales and product management positions for manufacturers within the building products, industrial/automotive, chemicals and textile industries.

Connie Lepley has been hired as general manager for Galbreath. Lepley brings extensive experience in plant operations and business unit leadership, primarily in the automotive industry, to her new role.

Anne Brantley has been promoted to director of product management for the mobile products division. Brantley was previously the product manager for Wastequip’s container division. Prior to joining Wastequip, Brantley experience includes product management and engineering roles in the power generation, heavy equipment and tools industries.

Brian Hatter has been hired as general manager for tarps with responsibility for all tarps facilities including service and installation locations. Hatter has over 30 years of experience in various manufacturing leadership roles in the automotive industry.

Chris Nicolazzo was promoted to vice president of finance for the mobile division. Nicolazzo previously served as controller for the tarps group and has held managerial positions in finance for transportation and consumer retail companies.

Jerry Shepherd retires from East after 24 year’s service

East Manufacturing Corporation Midwest regional sales manager Jerry Shepherd has retired after 54 years of service to the trucking industry, the last 24 with East. He will be succeeded by Mark Fletcher, who joined the company in March 2011.

Shepherd started his career with Fruehauf Trailers in 1962 and joined East Manufacturing in 1989.

Mike Caldwell joins KPI-JCI sales and marketing team

KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens welcomed Mike Caldwell to its sales and marketing team as a regional sales manager for the western United States.

Caldwell, who joined the department in January, will cover the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii and will sell crushing and screening equipment.

Harris hires new regional sales manager

Harris Waste Management Group, Inc. has hired Ken Ventullo as the north east regional sales manager.

Ventullo has over 10 years sales experience in the environmental, recycling, and waste industries.

Ventullo is a graduate of Kelly Westfield State College and will be located near Boston, Massachusetts.