National Recycling Coalition Elects New Officers
Alexandria, VA - The board of directors of the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) has elected officers for the 2002-2003 fiscal year. Margretta (Meg) Morris of EnergyAnswers Corporation was elected president of the NRC board.
Dobbins Callahan of Collins & Aikman Floorcoverings, Inc. was elected chair of the board. Other newly elected board members include Pete Pasterz of Michigan State University, vice president; Lisa Skumatz of Skumatz Economic Research Associates, secretary; and Bernie Brill of the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textile Association, treasurer. In addition, Cis Myers of CH2M Hill, Steve Ragiel of Waste Management, Inc., and Cherae Bishop of Weyerhaeuser were each elected to the executive committee of the board of directors as members at-large.
The NRC board also unanimously voted to enter into a two-year employment agreement with Kate Krebs as the coalition's executive director. Krebs has served as interim executive director since October 2001 and had previously served as the coalition's deputy director.
Roberts Appointed Administrator for the EPA Western Region
Denver, CO – Robert E. Roberts, Executive Director of the Environmental Council of States (ECOS) for the past seven years, has been appointed by Administrator Christie Whitman to be Administrator of EPA's Region 8, based in Denver, which is responsible for Agency matters in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.
"Robbie Roberts has a broad background and demonstrated leadership in dealing with environmental matters at the state and local level. He will bring to EPA's western regional operation a clear understanding of government, policy, and the importance of teamwork in getting things done," said Whitman. "I look forward to working with him as we move forward in our efforts to make the air cleaner, the water purer and the land better protected."
ECOS is the national, non-partisan, non-profit association, established as a clearing house of information for state and territorial environment commissioners and to articulate state positions to the Congress, federal agencies and the public. Roberts was the first Executive Director.
From 1990 to 1995, Roberts was Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, a cabinet level position in South Dakota. In that position, he served on two national EPA advisory groups dealing with the impact of environmental programs on small towns and local government. He is a member of the National Environmental Policy Commission, established by the Congressional Black Caucus in 2001 to address environmental justice, public health and economic development issues.
Mr. Roberts, 59, was an Air Force officer from 1967 to 1990, retiring with the rank of Colonel, after serving as base commander for the largest operational base in the Strategic Air Command. He graduated with distinction from the Air Command and Staff College and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama and a masters degree in public administrator from Auburn University. He completed executive training at Duke University.
National Steel Files Chapter 11 to Restructure
Mishiwaka, IN - To facilitate a restructuring of its operations and balance sheet and ensure sufficient liquidity to continue to grow its business, National Steel Corporation announced that it has filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.
The company also announced that it has reached an agreement in principle for up to $450 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing with the existing senior secured bank group subject to court approval which, combined with other actions, the company believes will provide sufficient liquidity to fund post-petition operating expenses. The Chapter 11 filing will also provide National Steel with the necessary time to stabilize the company's finances and to develop a plan of reorganization to return the Company to sustained profitability.
National Steel's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hisashi Tanaka emphasized that the Chapter 11 process will have no impact on the company's abilities to fulfill its obligations to its customers.
"Daily operations of our facilities will continue as usual, and our employees will continue to be paid and receive benefits without interruption," Mr. Tanaka said.
Recycling Association Hires New Director
Washington, DC - NORA, An Association of Responsible Recyclers (NORA) has hired Scott D. Parker as its new executive director. NORA also announced its headquarters would be relocated from Cleveland, Ohio to Northern Virginia during March 2002 to enhance service to members.
With over 200 members, NORA is a national trade association founded in 1984. NORA's members provide broad environmental services throughout the United States including collecting and recycling of oil, antifreeze, oil filters, wastewater, parts cleaners and other chemicals.
In announcing the appointment, NORA President Steve Anacker said that NORA had engaged in a comprehensive review of many qualified candidates and had selected "a professional with great experience, new ideas and boundless energy."
Mr. Parker brings a strong association management and environmental background to NORA. He has served as Co-Chairman of America Recycles Day; Vice President of the Automotive Parts Rebuilders Association as well as Founder and President of the Remanufacturing Industries Council International. He received his Bachelors of Business Administration degree from James Madison University.
Mr. Anacker stated, "By relocating NORA's headquarters near Washington, DC, NORA is improving its ability to serve its members' government relations needs."
EPA Offers Web Resources for Construction and Demolition Debris
Washington, DC - The Federal Environmental Protection Agency has posted a new web resource. The site provides comprehensive information, resources and links on construction and demolition debris characterization, reuse, recycling and management. The website is www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/debris.
Vermont Awards Grants for Recycling Construction and Demolition Waste
The Vermont Agency for Natural Resources has recently awarded grants in support of construction and demolition recycling. Recipients are: The Rutland County Solid Waste District which will set up a pilot drywall recycling collection program at its transfer station and haul the materials collected to G.P. Gypsum in Newington, New Hamshire. Birdseye Building Company which will deconstruct a single family home in Charlotte, Vermont and build a new home on the same foundation. Birdseye crews are salvaging the reusable lumber, trim, details, insulation, windows and fixtures.
Reprinted with permission from the Northeast Recycling Council March 2002 e-mail newsletter.
Gardner Appointed Leader of SCS Solid Waste Practice
Long Beach, CA - SCS Engineers appointed Robert B. Gardner, P.E., DEE, to senior vice president of its National Solid Waste Practice. In this capacity, Mr. Gardner will provide leadership to one of the firm's two key practice areas, overseeing all national clients and projects in the solid waste arena including solid waste planning and facilities design, landfill engineering, and landfill gas control and recovery.
A licensed professional engineer in 10 states and Puerto Rico, Mr. Gardner received both his bachelor and master degrees in civil engineering from the University of Virginia. His professional affiliations include the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Mr. Gardner is also a member of SCS' Executive Management Committee and Board of Directors. He will continue to operate from Tampa, where he lives with his wife and two children.
International Paper Protects Prairie Habitat
Fairfield, OH - International Paper and Quail Unlimited entered into a Prairie Habitat Partnership Agreement with the Butler County, Ohio Chapter of Quail Unlimited. International Paper is providing funding to Quail Unlimited to seed more than 30 acres for quail habitat. Additionally, the site will be used for conservation efforts such as game bird introduction, predator capture and control studies and youth education programs. The habitat area is located on a capped landfill that is a part of the Hamilton Mill site.
"This is a win-win situation for all parties," said Skyp Harmon, manager of facilities at International Paper's Knightsbridge, Ohio, location. "There is a tremendous benefit to wildlife and the community with the development of this natural habitat, and costs to maintain the natural habitat on the closed landfill are much less than the traditional maintenance and mowing activities we would have used."
The site will be used for educational purposes in the long term. The habitat area will ultimately become a research site managed locally by Butler County Chapter of Quail Unlimited (BCQU) to monitor wildlife, test bobwhite quail release programs, and manage predators in a controlled environment.
"We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with International Paper on this wildlife conservation project and to join in a partnership with a corporation with such conservation and natural resource restoration values," said Randy Wilkerson, chairman BCQU.
Auto Salvage Operators Publish Book on Succeeding in Business
Fort Worth, TX - Two successful auto salvage operators released "How To Salvage Millions From Your Small Business." Both operators, who recently sold their businesses to a Fortune 500 auto manufacturer, reveal their secrets for achieving significant success in an industry not often considered for such accomplishment.
Co-author Ron Sturgeon says "My intent was to help any small business owner that really doesn't know where to turn for practical ideas on growing their business, and isn't likely to read a book written by an educator or theorist." The concept for the book was conceived and validated by regular requests for more information and guidance from the authors' many friends indicating their depth of desire for information that could help them succeed. Co-author D.L. Fitz joined Ron to share insights and experience learned from his four generations of a family run business.
The book helps focus any small business owner on the fundamentals that create financial success, and includes over 160 tips, as well as an 'Action Item' section, which prompts the reader to use the book's secrets.
The book's twelve chapters cover topics ranging from gathering operating metrics, benchmarking against internal operations and competitors, to the use of networking and personal electronic organizers for improving productivity, and includes a full chapter on dealing with bankers.
Weyerhaeuser Completes Willamette Acquisition
Federal Way, WA - Weyerhaeuser Company announced that it has completed its acquisition of Willamette Industries following the filing of articles of merger with the Secretary of State of the State of Oregon and the Secretary of State of the State of Washington.
As of the close of business on March 14, Willamette Industries became a wholly owned subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser and shares of Willamette common stock not held by Weyerhaeuser were converted into the right to receive $55.50 in cash without interest when surrendered for payment.
On February 11, Weyerhaeuser announced that it had acquired approximately 97 percent of outstanding Willamette shares through a successful tender offer. Former shareholders of Willamette still holding Willamette stock will receive written instructions from Mellon Investor Services LLC, as Paying Agent, regarding the process for surrendering their shares and receiving payment.
Trading of Willamette shares on the New York Stock Exchange ceased at the end of trading on March 14.
Alcoa Makes Appointment
Pittsburgh, PA - Alcoa named A. Hamish Petrie, 54, vice president for people and communications and William J. (Bill) O'Rourke, 53, vice president environment, health and safety, and audit effective immediately.
Mr. Petrie is accountable for worldwide human resource functions, including leadership and development, labor relations, benefits, compensation, and recruitment activities, together with corporate communications and public strategy. Mr. Petrie's most recent position was vice president and global director for Human Resources, a position he held since mid-2001. He succeeds Robert F. Slagle, executive vice president of human resources and communications, who retired in February 2002.
Mr. O'Rourke has been vice president of audit since November 2001 reporting to Richard Kelson, CFO. The environment, health and safety responsibilities will be integrated with his audit activities within Mr. Kelson's organization. Mr. O'Rourke succeeds Joseph C. Muscari, who has been previously appointed as group vice president for Asia and Latin America operations.
Columbus McKinnon Introduces New Hoist
Amherst, NY - Columbus McKinnon Corporation (CM), a manufacturer of hoist and chain products in North America, introduced its new lever-operated hoist, the Series 653. CM's Series 653 hoist line offers lifting capability from 3/4 to 3 tons and a standard lift from 5 to 20 feet. Developed by a global cross-functional team from CM's engineering, marketing and manufacturing groups, the Series 653 carries a 5-year warranty and is available through CM's network of standard stocking hand chain and full line independent hoist distributors.
American Paper Names New Vice Presidents
Hauppage, NY - Don MacIntyre has joined American Paper Corporation as senior vice president of sales of the retail group after eleven years with American Tissue Inc. and prior to that, with both Fort Howard and Sweetheart Cup.
Also joining the corporation is Mr. Dan Jackson who will be vice president of the food service group.