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Aluminum Association appoints vice chairman

The Aluminum Association’s executive committee appointed Layle K. Smith, president and CEO of Noranda Aluminum Holding Company to serve as vice chairman of the Aluminum Association.

Smith became president and CEO of Noranda in March 2008. In addition to his time with Noranda, Smith began his career in 1977 at The Dow Chemical Company and has held various management positions including international and business leadership positions at The Dow Chemical Company, COO of Resolution Performance Products and CEO of Covalence Specialty Materials. In a career of over three decades, he has gained leadership experience in specialty and commodity industrial products as well as high tech products for the power industry.

Smith currently serves on the Association’s board of directors and executive committee. As vice-chairman, Smith will also chair the Association’s strategic planning committee.

Gusmano named 2012 Palm Beach Ultimate CEO

Southern Waste Systems, based in Lantana, Florida, president and CEO, Charles Gusmano, was recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as a 2012 Palm Beach Ultimate CEO. The award is given each year to exceptional leaders in South Florida who have set a high standard in business and in the community.

Gusmano has nearly 30 years of experience in the solid waste and recycling industry. He co-founded Southern Waste Systems and Sun Recycling in 1999. Over the past decade, he has been instrumental in the growth of the company, from one recycling yard in Pompano Beach, Florida to 12 facilities spread throughout southeast Florida. Today, he heads 4 separate business units including Southern Waste Systems, Sun Recycling, Sun Disposal and All Star Toilets and leads a team of 450 dedicated employees.

Komptech adds Geissinger as new sales manager

Komptech USA, Inc. hired Tom Geissinger as an area sales manager covering Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Western Pennsylvania.

Geissinger has over 15 years of sales experience and most recently was the Doppstadt sales specialist for Gibson Machinery in Ohio.

NDA makes changes to board of directors

The National Demolition Association has made the addition of four new demolition professionals to its 2012-2013 board of directors.

Newly named are Alfred Gorick, Jr. of Gorick Construction Co., Inc., Binghamton, New York; Scott Homrich of Homrich Wrecking Inc., Carleton, Michigan; Richard Lorenz of Central Environmental Services, Apopka, Florida; and Craig Sessler of Sessler Wrecking, Waterloo, New York.

Dust Control Technology adds new VP of sales

Dust Control Technology (DCT) has introduced Aaron Valencic as the company’s new vice president of sales. Valencic will be responsible for key account development and management across the globe, as well as lead generation and strategic sales planning.

Valencic joins DCT after a 12 year career in sales and management, including 5 years at Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc. where he served as account manager, selling custom-engineered products to the North American mining industry. He has extensive knowledge in the oil sands and Canadian iron ore industries, as well as coal, mining, aggregates and power generation, and was instrumental in uncovering significant opportunities in previously-untapped markets that are estimated to hold the potential for $10-15 million in annual sales.

Valencic has broad experience in new product development, helping to make material hauling more efficient and productive.

Valencic is active in numerous industry organizations, including SME, NSSGA and AIST.

Western Metals Recycling expands nonferrous facility

Western Metals Recycling (WMR) celebrated its newly expanded nonferrous metal recycling facility in Salt Lake City.

The new state-of-the-art 24,000 sq.ft. covered nonferrous metal recycling facility offers the general public drive through recycling that is fast, friendly, and makes it easy to “go green” and recycle. Western Metals Recycling (WMR) is the largest full-service metals recycler in the Intermountain West.

The new facility opened to the general public on May 16, 2012.

WMR’s Salt Lake City recycling center buys ferrous scrap as well as common household nonferrous scrap metal items like aluminum cans and other aluminum, stainless steel, copper and brass products.

GlyEco signs acquisition agreement with Evergreen

GlyEco, Inc. reached a preliminary agreement to acquire certain assets of Evergreen Recycling Inc. Evergreen Recycling is a glycol recycling company based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The transaction is scheduled to close on June 30, 2012.

Evergreen Recycling has been in operation since 1999, primarily servicing the waste automotive antifreeze industry. The company was founded by owner Tom Shiveley, who has operated the business while maintaining his career as an expert in industrial waste water treatment with the Ford Motor Company. He will join GlyEco full time, serving as general manager of the Indiana facility.

Southern Waste Systems’ VP joins FCSW board

Florida’s chief operating officer, Jeff Atwater, has appointed Southern Waste Systems vice president Patti Hamilton to serve on the Florida Commission on the Status of Women (FCSW). Her appointment is for four years. The FCSW is a non-partisan board, created in 1991, consisting of 22 appointed members.

The commission’s mission is to study and make recommendations to the State Governor, Cabinet and Legislature on issues affecting women and families in the state.

Hamilton will serve on the Mentoring Task Force and the Public Outreach Task Force.

In addition to her role with the FCSW, Hamilton is on the board of directors for the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County and the South Florida Fair. She also serves as a board member for the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, the Florida Festivals and Events Association and the Boca Raton Champions Golf Charities. Hamilton is a member of the National Solid Waste Management Association, the Associated Builders and Contractors Legislative Affairs Committee, the Construction Materials Recycling Association and Recycle Florida Today. Hamilton was instrumental in bringing the ATHENA Awards to Palm Beach County in 1991 and was honored with the award in 2002.

Company Wrench receives distributor award

Terex Construction Americas has recognized Company Wrench Ltd. as the top distributor of Terex Fuchs material handlers for 2011. One of the top-performing distributors for several years, this is the first time Company Wrench has been selected to receive the #1 Terex Fuchs equipment distributor award. The company was selected for its continued growth with the material handler line, top sales performance and superior service support of the customer.

Bobcat expands operations in Bismarck

Bobcat Company and Menlo Worldwide Logistics are expanding operations at Bobcat’s Manufacturing Support Center (MSC) in Bismarck, North Dakota. Bobcat also plans to acquire additional land at the Northern Plains Commerce Center (NPCC), to create an Innovation Center for product development and testing.

Production of Bobcat compact attachments will begin moving to the new MSC (the former Bobcat production facility) immediately. Menlo has operated in Bobcat’s facilities as a strategic logistics partner since 2006. As many as 150 new positions will be created to support expanded production operations for the compact attachments line, which is being shifted to the MSC from a Bobcat Company-owned plant in Litchfield, Minnesota.

This move will allow increased production of Bobcat attachments and equipment in the state of North Dakota, Goldsbury said, adding that market demand for compact attachments has increased as customers seek new ways to diversify businesses by adding more attachments to their existing compact equipment.

Carter named engineering manager at Vecoplan

Vecoplan Integrated Controls (VIC) has promoted Ron Carter to electrical engineering manager.

In addition to managing the engineering department at VIC, responsibilities of Carter’s new position will include overseeing the design and development of custom control panels and turnkey control systems integration for manufacturing plants. He will also oversee the manufacture and implementation of projects once the engineering phase has been completed.

Carter has a combined 20 years of practical experience from stints at Commonwealth Brands, Lucent Technologies, and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

Bieller named VP of business development for Atlas

Lou Buty is the newly elected president of the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART). Buty and the other officers of the Association were elected to one year terms at SMART’s annual member’s conference held recently in San Diego, California.

Newly elected as SMART’s vice president for 2012 is Jeff Pearl; Eric Stubin will serve as second vice president and Elliot Sheftel is the association’s treasurer.

Newly elected members of the board of directors serving two year terms are Sandy Woyke, Joy Fenton and Elaine Birks-Mitchell. Larry Groipen remains on the board as immediate past president.

Bieller named VP of business development for Atlas

Brian Bieller has accepted the position of vice president of business development at Atlas Copco Construction Equipment. In his new role, Bieller will be part of the management team and will report directly to Erik Sparby, president and general manager for Atlas Copco Construction Equipment.

Most recently Bieller was the sales manager for Atlas Copco Rental, responsible for Canada and the western United States. Before going to Atlas Copco’s rental division, Bieller had served as vice president of sales and marketing for compaction products at Dynapac USA, an Atlas Copco company.

JMC Steel Group acquires Lakeside Steel

JMC Steel Group Inc. has completed its acquisition of Lakeside Steel Inc.

Pursuant to the arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Ontario), JMC, through a wholly owned subsidiary, acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Lakeside at a price of CAD $0.2983 per share in cash.

The new North American JMC division will be named Energex Tube.

As a result of the acquisition, JMC will assume responsibility for Lakeside Steel, including its former headquarters and plant operations in Welland, Ontario; operating facilities in Thomasville, Alabama, and Corpus Christi, Texas; and two processing plants under construction in Thomasville, Alabama.

Navistar acquires certain assets of E-Z Pack

E-Z Pack Manufacturing announced that certain assets, including intellectual property, of the company are being acquired by Navistar, Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

E-Z Pack president Greg Podell said he expects E-Z Pack to continue to operate in a normal business manner throughout a transition period. “We will continue to build, market, sell and support our traditional chassis-agnostic product lines, including our full line of quality Hercules front loaders and automated side loaders, and our Goliath rear loaders. We will also support the integrated cab-chassis-body product line from Navistar.”

Podell noted that the E-Z Pack manufacturing plant in Cynthiana, Kentucky, will continue building and mounting refuse truck bodies on all chassis by original equipment manufacturers throughout the transition period.

East names Benton as refuse product manager

Charlie Benton was recently named product manager for refuse equipment at East Manufacturing. In his new position, Benton will be responsible for customer sales and dealer support activities for East’s complete line of aluminum transfer trailers.

Benton has served as southeast regional manager for East for 20 years. He also worked for Gainesville Truck Center in Gainesville, Georgia.