APRIL 2012


Alternate Energy elects new board members

Alternate Energy Holdings, Inc. (AEHI) has elected Rear Admiral Michael T. Coyle (Ret) and James Ryan Holt to the board of directors.

Both men are highly qualified in regards to their respective expertise. They live in Idaho and bring a local perspective to the board.

Coyle had a 33 year career as a United States Naval Officer, achieving the rank of Rear Admiral. He also has extensive experience in operations, engineering and maintenance of nuclear and conventional power systems.

Holt is a businessman in Payette County, Idaho and has been a long-time supporter of AEHI’s plans to build a nuclear power plant in Payette County. He comes from a sales-oriented background, in which he worked for companies like MCI Communications, McCaw Communications and Cellular One. Holt has since transitioned into the insurance industry and maintains his own practice in Fruitland, Idaho.

Lisa Carson to serve as committee head

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has selected KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens’ marketing manager, Lisa Carson, to serve as the head of the Aggregates Statistics Committee.

The Aggregates Statistics Committee, which consists of 13 reporting brands, is designed to provide the most accurate industry data available to be used for market share calculation, forecasting and resource planning. As chairwoman of the committee, Carson is responsible for leading each meeting, webinar and teleconference, and providing agendas and minutes.

Carson, who has led KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens’ marketing department for the past four years, said she was eager to take on additional responsibilities in the industry and work together with other manufacturers to provide important industry data. KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens is a worldwide leader in manufacturing equipment for the aggregate, construction, paving and recycling industries.

Universal Scrap acquires Chicago copper recycler

Universal Scrap Metals (USM) has acquired the assets of Premier Metals Recycling, a Chicago processor of scrap copper. With the acquisition, USM adds extensive copper recycling capability to the ferrous, nonferrous, electronic and composite scrap recycling conducted by its current companies: Universal Scrap Metals, USM Processing, USM Recycling and USMe Electronic Assets Recycling.

Todd Fingerman, former president of Premier, will head the new USM expanded copper operation, with the title of USM director of copper processing. The Premier chopping operation, enhanced with new equipment, will be located in a newly built-out dedicated copper processing space at the USM headquarters facility at 2500 West Fulton Street in Chicago.

Harris Waste consolidates customer service group

Harris Waste Management Group, Inc. is closing its Portland Service Center located in Clackamas, Oregon, effective April 30, 2012.

“Harris’ plan is to consolidate its operations and drive accountability for increased customer service through our expanded CSR group,” said Kenneth Galason, president of Harris.

Harris field service technicians based in Portland and Riverside, California will not be impacted by the closure and parts inventories will be maintained to support Harris’ West Coast Service requirements.

All incoming service and parts requests will be directed to the Harris Customer Service (CSR) Groups in Cordele and Baxley.

Vecoplan Midwest moves to larger facility

Vecoplan Midwest, a subsidiary of Vecoplan LLC in High Point North Carolina, recently relocated to an 18,180 sq.ft. facility located in New Albany, Indiana. According to Bill Miller, COO of Vecoplan Midwest, the move was necessitated by continuing growth of their shredder sales and service business and the introduction of briquetters, pellet mills and complete pelletizing systems to their product offerings in 2010.

In addition to 2,000 sq.ft. of office space, the new facility houses a 10,180 sq.ft. machine rebuild center and a 6,000 sq.ft. test lab/show room space, where customers can send their material to be shredded, briquetted or pelletized.

Bandit Industries adds Chicagoland distributor

Bandit Industries welcomed Atlas Bobcat as a Bandit authorized dealer. Atlas Bobcat is a full service dealer with five locations, serving Bandit customers in Chicago as well as all of northern Illinois and extreme northwest Indiana. They will provide sales, parts and service for Bandit’s full line of hand-fed chippers and stump grinders.

Atlas Bobcat opened its doors in 1965, making it one of the oldest Bobcat dealers in the country. Over the years the company has opened five locations through Chicagoland, including Yorkville, Wauconda, Mokena, West Chicago and the corporate headquarters in Schiller Park.

Sikorski leaves CARE executive director post

Georgina Sikorski, executive director of Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) has informed the board of directors she is resigning her post in April. Sikorski told CARE board chairman Werner Braun she is leaving to pursue other projects.

Sikorski has led the non-profit carpet recycling advocacy group since 2008. During her tenure, CARE’s membership has grown from 50 to over 400 active members.

Sikorski cites as her most significant accomplishment CARE’s leadership in the implementation and administration of California AB 2398, the nation’s first-ever extended producer responsibility legislation specific to carpet.

Chairman Braun said a search committee is being formed to find a new executive director for CARE.