Depot noted for supporting sustainable forestry in 2004
Office Depot, Inc. announced that Tyler
Elm, director of Environmental Affairs, has been recognized
with the 2004 ForestLeadership Communication Award. It is
one of three new awards established to honor individuals
and organizations in North America committed to furthering
sustainable forestry at the local, national or international
Elm was recognized during the ForestLeadership
Conference in Toronto, Canada, on March 1, 2005.
space Center hires Prema-Fix
Atlanta, GA— Perma-Fix Environmental
Services, Inc. has been awarded a multi-year contract by
Space Gateway Support (SGS), LLC, at the Kennedy Space Center,
commencing March 1, 2005. The contract is valued at more
than $500,000 for the initial seven-month period, with three
follow-on options estimated at an approximate addition of
$3 million. The option renewals under the contract are awarded
at the discretion of SGS. The contract includes the management,
transportation, recycling and disposal of all hazardous
waste materials generated at the Kennedy Space Center, Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station and Patrick Air Force Base,
and other government facilities, as required.
program will reach over a million people
Marysville, OH— The Scotts Company
has signed a multi-year partnership to support Keep America
Beautiful and its Great American Cleanup™, an annual
community improvement and beautification program.
The effort will include providing information
to more than 1 million people each year to help them understand
the best ways to incorporate environmental stewardship principles
when maintaining a healthy lawn and garden. The two organizations
will work to build community green spaces in Orlando, Florida;
Atlanta, Georgia; Columbus, Ohio; Norfolk, Virginia; and
Long Island, New York.
appoints Thomas Conway as international vice president
Pittsburg, PA— Thomas Conway was appointed
to the position of international vice president by the International
Executive Board at its meeting in late January. The appointment
became effective March 1, when former Steelworkers’
vice president Andrew “Lefty” Palm retired.
Conway was appointed secretary of the Basic
Steel Industry Conference (BSIC) in 1995. His additional
responsibilities include field mobilization for the USWA’s
Stand Up for Steel campaigns and related trade and legislative
efforts at the federal and state levels.
Working jointly with the domestic steel
industry, the USWA was able to achieve the steel tariffs
of 2002, which rescued many domestic producers from bankruptcy
City collaborates on renewable energy
Huntington, NY— The City of Baltimore
and Green Energy Resources will collaborate on Renewable
Energy. City wood cut as a result of storm damage, road
and park maintenance, or similar circumstances are accumulating
as waste in the city of Baltimore. The wood will be purchased,
exported and utilized for Power Generation at Biomass plants
Maryland’s response to the new port
facility for the export of “Green Energy” has
been overwhelming. It included several new supply sources,
including national tree trimming companies in Baltimore
and throughout country. Many suppliers will provide biomass
at no charge to Green Energy Resources.
Performance Track Program expands
Washington, DC— EPA announced 54 facilities
from 25 states and Puerto Rico as new members in the National
Environmental Performance Track Program. Performance Track
rewards facilities that voluntarily exceed regulatory requirements.
New Performance Track members have made
strong commitments in a wide range of categories. For example,
the Coca-Cola North America Ontario Syrup Plant in Ontario,
California, has committed to reducing its water use by more
than 2.2 million gallons over the next three years, more
water than needed to fill two Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Fuji Hunt Photographic Chemicals in Orange Park, Florida,
has committed to eliminating its use of the hazardous chemical
hexane, preventing almost 264,000 pounds per year of this
contaminant from entering the environment. The Bridgestone/Firestone
North American Tire facility in LaVergne, Tennessee, has
committed to reducing its annual energy use by 162,930 MMBtus,
the average amount of energy 1,550 households use in one
patents transportable hydrogen refueling stations
Irvine, CA— Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies
Worldwide, Inc., a designer, manufacturer and integrator
of fuel systems technologies for hydrogen fuel cell and
alternative fuel applications, was awarded a U.S. patent
for portable and transportable hydrogen refueling systems.
Quantum’s patent covers portable
and transportable hydrogen refueling systems that incorporate
self-contained hydrogen producing subsystems or accept low
pressure hydrogen from external sources, and are capable
of compressing and dispensing at either 5,000- or 10,000-psi
(35 or 70 MPa).
Quantum has developed two models of transportable
hydrogen refuelers: the HyHauler™ and the HyHauler
Plus™. These transportable refueling systems incorporate
comprehensive hydrogen safety systems to ensure safe handling
of hydrogen during all aspects of fuel production, storage,
transportation and refueling of vehicles.
Can announces management changes
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
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.
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
“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 48 hours.”
strengthens Southeast presence
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.
Corp. announces reverse merger
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.
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
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.