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Cascade Engineering Gets
Grand Rapids, MI— Cascade
Engineering has developed trash bins with tracking devices, researched
animal-proof plastic waste containers, and utilized nanotechnology
to mold parts for automotive seating and furniture components. This
spirit of innovation is at the heart of a new brand revitalization
program for all aspects of Cascade Engineering’s operations.
The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based
company is working to translate its 30 years of industry leadership
into a new market identity, including a refreshed logo, new corporate
website and updated marketing information. The company said the
brand revitalization program was established to provide a cleaner,
more understandable definition of products and services to customers.
The Company has streamlined their
solutions groups into three main categories — Solid Waste
Solutions, Industrial Solutions and Automotive Solutions. These
groups address the broad capabilities of Cascade Engineering and
provide a clearer division for customers.
Cascade Engineering also said it
has renewed its commitment to social and environmental responsibility,
emphasizing new research, ideas and solutions for customers, employees
and the community as keys to long-term success.
EPA Reaches Agreement with
Chicago, IL— U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with Southwest
General Health Center, Middleburgh Heights, Ohio, on alleged clean-air
violations at the center’s medical waste incinerator.
“As part of the agreement,
Southwest will protect the health of its neighbors by carrying out
a mercury thermometer exchange in 11 surrounding communities,”
said Acting Regional Administrator Bharat Mathur. Mr. Mathur said
the exchange will cost the center at least $37,500. This is in addition
to a civil penalty of $12,500.
The settlement resolves an EPA
allegation that Southwest violated the dioxin and furan emission
standard for hospital medical waste incinerators. Southwest has
permanently shut down its incinerator.
International Steel Group
Purchases Assets of Georgetown Steel Facility
Richfield, OH— International
Steel Group Inc. has completed the acquisition of the assets of
the Georgetown Steel Company facility in Georgetown, South Carolina,
for a purchase price of $18 million in cash, plus assumed liabilities.
The Georgetown plant has the capability
to produce high-quality wire rod products, which are used to make
low carbon fine wire drawing, wire rope, tire cord, high-carbon
machinery, and upholstery springs. The facility has annual steelmaking
capacity of 1 million tons and rolling capacity of 800,000 tons,
and also has the capacity to produce 500,000 tons annually of Direct
Reduced Iron (DRI), a scrap substitute. Georgetown Steel filed for
Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October 2003 and the plant has
been idle since then.
Nucor to Acquire
Decatur Cold Mill
Charlotte, NC— Nucor Corporation
announced that it has entered into an agreement with Worthington
Industries, Inc. for the purchase of certain assets of their cold
rolling mill in Decatur, Alabama for a cash purchase price of approximately
$82 million. Closing of the transaction is expected to occur within
the next 60 days after receiving the necessary approvals from government
The assets purchased include all
of the buildings, the pickle line, four- stand tandem cold mill,
temper mill and annealing furnaces of the Decatur facility adjacent
to the current Nucor Steel Decatur, LLC steel plant. The purchase
does not include the slitting and cut-to-length equipment, which
Worthington will continue to operate. Worthington Industries constructed
the plant and started production in 1998.
Test Shows New
Tires Increase Fuel Efficiency by 10%
Boulder City, NV— Amerityre
Corporation reported that independent laboratory test results demonstrate
that Amerityre’s prototype polyurethane run-flat car tire
averaged 45% lower rolling resistance when compared with a rubber
run-flat car tire. Rick Vannan, a tire consultant working for Amerityre,
said “The lower rolling resistance translates to more than
a 10% increase in fuel economy for a car equipped with these tires.”
Commenting on the rolling resistance
test results, Richard Steinke, Amerityre’s president and chief
executive officer said, “We are very pleased with the results
because they are better than we had anticipated. It is incredible
how our polymer material has performed.”
In April 2004, an independent laboratory
completed testing determining that Amerityre’s prototype polyurethane
car tires comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No.
109 for new pneumatic tires.
Houston, TX— Waste Management,
Inc. announced Wastequip, Inc., Volvo Construction Equipment North
America, Inc. and McNeilus Companies, Inc. the winners of the company's
2003 Total Customer Satisfaction (TCS) awards. The TCS awards honor
the "Best-in-Class" suppliers that are proven performance
leaders and are continuously helping create a competitive advantage
for Waste Management through their unique supplier solutions.
Total Customer Satisfaction, a Waste
Management program, holds suppliers to the highest standards of
performance. TCS is achieved when suppliers perform at high levels
over a sustained period of time.
Wastequip Expands with McLaughlin
Refuse Equipment Acquisition
Cleveland, OH— Wastequip,
Inc. has expanded to the west coast with the purchase of McLaughlin
Refuse Equipment, Inc. in Lockeford, California. Robert C. Rasmussen,
president and chief executive officer of Wastequip, Inc, made the
Headed by company president Danny
McLaughlin, McLaughlin Refuse Equipment, Inc. manufactures equipment
for the refuse, scrap, recycling, and hazardous waste industries
in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii.
McLaughlin Refuse’s current management will continue to lead
Founded in 1995, McLaughlin Refuse
Equipment manufactures roll-off, front load, rear load, and hazardous
waste containers; self-dumping hoppers; and storage boxes.
Scozzafava elected to Maryland Recycling Coalition Board
Silver Spring, MD— SWANA announced
that Lori Scozzafava, SWANA’s Director of Technical Programs,
has been elected to the Maryland Recyclers Coalition (MRC) board
Ms. Scozzafava has been involved
with MRC since 1991, when she led the Recycling Services Division
for the Maryland Department of the Environment before joining SWANA
in July 1999. She also gained recycling management experience
as a senior consultant for Falls Church, Virginia-based Gershman,
Brickner & Bratton, Inc., and as recycling coordinator for the
Municipal Utilities Authority in Morris County, New Jersey.
Appoints New Distributor
Wilton, CT— Startech Environmental
Corporation announced Plastech Solutions, Ltd. of New South Wales,
Australia, as its exclusive distributor for the territories of Australia
and New Zealand. The Company has received a $250,000 irrevocable
payment from Plastech for the distributorship.
The Agreement requires Plastech
to contract for a 10 ton-per-day Plasma Converter System (PCS) by
October 30, 2004, to serve as its demonstration system in its processing
center and showroom. In addition, the agreement also requires Plastech
to purchase a minimum number of PCSs in the following years to maintain
Concrete Washout Systems
Continues Rapid Expansion into California
Elk Grove, CA— Concrete Washout
Systems, Inc., indicated that it has signed a licensing agreement
with American Concrete Washouts, Inc. (ACW), who will distribute
and service Concrete Washout Systems (CWS) in Northern California.
American Concrete Washouts, Inc.,
a start-up company specifically formed to distribute and service
the CWS, began servicing the fast growing Placer County market at
the beginning of May 2004. The Concrete Washout Systems have been
well received by construction professionals and ACW has deployed
approximately 40 boxes in less than one month in Placer County,
prompting their expansion into neighboring Yuba and Sutter Counties.
The patent pending CWS is a portable,
self-contained and watertight bin that controls, captures and contains
concrete washout material and wastewater. It allows trade personnel
to easily washout concrete trucks, pumps and equipment on site.
Waste Industries USA, Inc.
Announces New Board Member
Raleigh, NC— Waste Industries
USA, Inc. announced the election of James A. Walker as a new board
member at its annual shareholders meeting. The new number of directors
is six, with four seats held by independent directors and two seats
held by management. Incumbents re-elected to the board were Lonnie
C. Poole Jr., Jim W. Perry, Glenn E. Futrell, Paul F. Hardiman,
and James R. Talton, Jr.
James A. Walker is chairman of
the Advisory Group, LLC, which provides consulting services on real
estate investment sales and acquisitions, a position he has held
since 1997. From 1984 until 1997, he was the chief executive officer
of North Hills, Inc., a $350 million diversified real estate development
In addition to the election of the
board members, the company’s shareholders voted to ratify
the selection of Deloitte & Touche, LLP as auditors for the
year ending December 31, 2004.
PC Scale Selects New President
PC Scale, Inc. has promoted
John “Jack” Wondowski to president of the company. The
former president and CEO, Donald Tefft, will continue as CEO. Mr.
Wondowski has been with PC Scale since 1986 and has served as vice
president of operations for the last seven years.
Mr. Wondowski resides
in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania and has a degree in nuclear engineering
along with 20 years of experience in the waste industry.
TieTek, LLC Announces New
Houston, TX— TieTek, LLC,
a subsidiary of North American Technologies Group, Inc. celebrated
the recent opening of the new Marshall, Texas composite crosstie
manufacturing facility. Several national and railroad industry leaders
participated in the event, including former secretary of the interior
Bruce Babbitt, Texas congressman and member of the House Ways and
Means Committee Max Sandlin, and Transportation Technology Center
executive Ed Groves. The Transportation Technology Center is an
independent railroad technology testing facility owned by the Association
of American Railroads. The Union Pacific and Burlington Northern-Santa
Fe Railroads were present, along with many of TieTek’s suppliers
and strategic partners.
Construction of the first line
is now complete and all the components for the second line at Marshall
are complete and its start-up is scheduled for the end of July 2004.
Commercial Metals Company
Increases Quarterly Cash Dividend
Irving, TX— Commercial Metals
Company announced that its board of directors raised its quarterly
cash dividend from eight to ten cents per share, an increase of
CMC Chairman, president and chief
executive officer Stanley A. Rabin said, “The cash dividend
increase is a further realization of our commitment to enhance shareholder
value, and reflects our current strong earnings and cash flow, excellent
financial condition and confidence in our long-term business prospects.”
The dividend will be paid on July
16, 2004 to shareholders of record July 2, 2004. This is the 159th
consecutive quarterly cash dividend paid by Commercial Metals Company.
Corporation Forms Steel Scrap Partnership
Wheeling, WV— Two Wheeling-based
companies, Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation and Herman Strauss,
Inc., announced a strategic scrap agreement that makes Herman Strauss
the scrap steel operator and exclusive scrap steel provider to Wheeling-Pittsburgh
Steel. As part of the agreement, Herman Strauss will build, own
and operate the scrap facility that will supply all of Wheeling-Pittsburgh
Steel’s scrap needs, including for its Electric Arc Furnace.
Construction of the EAF, which is located at Wheeling-Pittsburgh
Steel’s Mingo Junction Plant, is scheduled for completion
Herman Strauss, Inc. is expected
to provide in excess of 100,000 tons per month of steel scrap to
Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, or the equivalent of the steel content
of 90,000 automobiles. In addition to steel scrap, Herman Strauss
will handle other raw materials that can be used as feedstock to
the EAF, including pig iron and hot briquetted iron HBI.
Autocar Truck Adds Sales
Hagerstown, IN– Trucking and
waste-hauling industry specialist Charlie Luper has been appointed
to head up the new position of director of sales services at Autocar
Truck, reporting to Tom Vatter, vice president of sales and marketing.
Mr. Luper, previously regional
sales manager for Autocar’s Central Region, will work out
of the Hagerstown, Indiana, corporate offices. His replacement in
the Central Region is Wayne Grundmeier, formerly account director
with Heil Environmental Industries, Ltd.
Appointed to oversee sales for
Autocar’s Central Region in 2001, Mr. Luper previously spent
13 years with Volvo Truck in various positions ranging from cost
accounting to sales application engineering.
Attachment Company Signs
Agreement with HGT of Germany
Eurotech Corporation of Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania has signed an exclusive long-term agreement with HGT
of Ilsede, Germany. HGT designs and builds loader and excavator
attachments in the operating weight class of up to 22,000 pounds.
The products to be manufactured
in Germany and distributed by HGT include grapples, buckets, sorting
grabs, scrap handling, etc.