JULY 2009

 

  BUSINESS/ORGANIZATIONAL BRIEFS

Murphy named Smurfit-Stone senior VP and CEO

Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation announced that John Murphy has been named to the position of senior vice president and chief financial officer. Murphy succeeds Chuck Hinrichs, who has announced his intent to pursue other career opportunities.

From 1998 through 2008, Murphy served in key executive roles with Accuride Corporation of Evansville, Indiana, most recently as president and chief executive officer, and as a member of its board of directors. During his tenure with Accuride, he also served as president and chief operating officer; chief financial officer; and executive vice president.

Murphy has also held key leadership positions with North American Stainless, Inc., Armco, Inc. and Corning, Inc. He began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Oil Purification Systems to expand

Oil Purification Systems (OPS) announced that it has secured $2.5 million in funding from Atlantic Capital Group, Sterling Passive Investments, RDA Ventures, LLC, USA Fund, LP and Connecticut Innovations. The latest round of funding will enable OPS to further expand its product offerings into existing and new industries, and provide increased support for its growing customer base. Additionally, OPS announced that Greg Slawson has been appointed as the company’s new chief executive officer.

Before being named CEO, Slawson previously served as OPS’ chief operating officer. He has more than 20 years of automotive industry, consulting and software experience, focused on the supply chain and logistics management. Prior to joining OPS, Slawson was vice president of automotive solutions for Global Logistics Technologies.

Thermo Fisher Radiation expands distribution

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced that its Radiation Measurement and Security Instruments (RMSI) business will expand its distribution agreement with ICx Radiation to comprise all of the ICx Radiation product lines. The RMSI team has successfully partnered with ICx Radiation over the last 15 years in the distribution of the Thermo Scientific identiFINDER, as well as the development and launch of the Thermo Scientific Interceptor spectroscopic personal radiation detector (SPRD) in 2006. ICx Radiation is a business unit of ICx Technologies, a developer of advanced technology solutions for homeland and military security based in Arlington, Virginia.

The expanded agreement will enable a wider distribution range of radiation detection solutions including multi-channel analyzers and next generation radionuclide identifier/pager systems.

General Environmental releases first quarter results

General Environmental Management, Inc. (GEM), a environmental and waste remediation company, announced the financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2009.

Some highlights included:

  • Revenues for first quarter 2009 were $8.20 million, up 17.9 percent from $6.95 million for the same period in 2008.
  • The Company’s Mobile Treatment Services business has seen substantial growth and some believe that niche, higher profit margin business units like mobile treatment will provide the opportunity for both top line growth and improved profitability moving forward.

Nucor announces 145th consecutive cash dividend

The board of directors of Nucor Corporation declared the regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.35 per share on Nucor’s common stock. This cash dividend is payable on August 11, 2009 to stockholders of record on June 30, 2009, and is Nucor’s one-hundred forty-fifth consecutive quarterly cash dividend.

Demonstration for auto recyclers is successful

Auto recyclers were introduced to a new tool for pulling engines from depleted autos. S.A.S. of Luxemburg, Ltd.’s sales manager, Adam Lindley, and the owner, Paul Secker, introduced the engine puller on a Volvo wheel loader provided by Tyler Equipment that was fitted with solid rubber tires from Advance Tire, Inc.

The Scorpion ran constantly throughout the demonstration, totaling almost 100 motors over a couple of days.

Veolia Environmental employee is awarded

Veolia ES Solid Waste announced that one of its drivers, Jean Alexandre, was named by the Environmental Industry Association (EIA) as Driver of the Year for the Large Company Residential category. The EIA annually recognizes the best drivers from around the United States involved in solid waste hauling and recycling services. Alexandre, a resident of Delray Beach, Florida, has demonstrated commitment to his profession, service and quality, and has operated his vehicle in a safe and responsible manner.

Drivers are nominated and judged on several criteria. These include the number of years refuse vehicle driving experience; motor vehicle records review; accident record; driving certifications – such as defensive driving, refuse driver-specific courses – and driving conditions for current route assignments. Drivers receive recognition in the following categories: Large Company Residential, Large Company Commercial and Large Company Industrial.

Alexandre has driven for Veolia ES Solid Waste since 2003.

Commercial Metals Company’s Sudbury retires

Commercial Metals Company (CMC) announced that David M. Sudbury, senior vice president, secretary and general counsel, has announced his intent to retire at the end of CMC’s 2009 fiscal year on August 31, 2009. Sudbury has served as general counsel and secretary since 1976, vice president since 1981 and was elected senior vice president in 2007. Over his 33 year career with CMC, Sudbury has been and remains active in numerous professional and civic organizations.

Primary Energy Recycling declares cash distribution

John Deere announced two new Russian dealers and affirmed its commitment to growing the Russian and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) markets.

The dealers, UST (Universal Spetstechnica), based in Moscow, and ACT (Agro-Construction Technologies), based in Krasnodar, will together cover much of Russia. UST’s territory will be the Central, Urals, Siberia and Volga Federal districts of Russia, while ACT will represent the Southern Federal district of Russia.

UST is already well known in the forklift and industrial equipment arena. ACT, which has also been a John Deere agricultural dealer, will service Sochi, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Stericycle sets agreement to acquire MedServe

Stericycle, Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire MedServe, Inc.

Pursuant to the merger agreement and upon completion of the merger, their subsidiary will be merged with and into MedServe and MedServe will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stericycle.

MedServe is privately held. It is engaged in the collection, transportation, treatment and disposal of medical waste, hazardous waste, universal waste and other regulated wastes, sharps management services, safety and compliance training services, and other related businesses.

The total merger consideration is $185,000,000 in cash, subject to reduction for MedServe’s indebtedness as of the closing date, MedServe’s expenses in connection with the transaction, and other expenses related to the transaction. In addition, $27,750,000 of the merger consideration will be deposited in escrow to cover indemnification obligations of the MedServe stockholders under the merger agreement.

Concurrently with the parties’ execution of the merger agreement, MedServe stockholders holding a majority of its outstanding shares entitled to vote delivered their written consent approving the merger agreement and the merger.

The merger is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory reviews, including clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.

Call2Recycle names Todd Ellis regional manager

Call2Recycle announced the appointment of Todd Ellis to regional account manager for the Northeast. In this capacity, Ellis will work with Call2Recycle retailers, businesses and communities in Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, DC to maximize the collection and recycling of batteries.

As regional account manager, Ellis will support participants’ efforts to educate consumers on the importance of recycling batteries, as well as identify and recruit new participants to the program.

Ellis has more than 13 years of experience in the recycling industry, having held positions in operations, customer relations, promotion and education. He most recently served as general manager of operations for Sprint Recycling, Inc.

Prior to that, Ellis served as assistant director for the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA), a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to more than 300 members, maximizing their waste reduction and recycling efforts. Ellis was also the recycling planner for the New Hampshire Governor’s Recycling Program where he promoted municipal and school recycling activities throughout the state.

Salmon joins Hydro Aluminum North America

Brian Salmon has joined the Extrusion Americas Division of Hydro Aluminum North America as scrap purchasing manager. Based in Baltimore, he reports to John Walters, vice president of commercial development.

Salmon, with more than 20 years of industry experience, will work closely with Rob Kraemer, Metals Markets, and each plant location to secure cost-effective raw materials for the three North American remelt facilities in the Extrusion Americas Division of Hydro.

Prior to joining Hydro, Salmon spent 17 years with Reynolds Metals (now Alcoa) Richmond, Virginia, nine years with ALSCO Metals, and most recently three years with Newco Metals. He has held positions in the recycling and reclamation divisions of those companies.

Nexterra Energy expands sales force

Nexterra Energy Corp. a supplier of biomass gasification solutions, announced the addition of three new executives to its North American sales force. The new senior sales executives will be responsible for supporting the growing demand for Nexterra’s commercial proprietary gasification technology in key markets, within the institutional and industrial sectors.

Joining Nexterra’s sales organization are:

  • Jim McNamara, senior sales executive for Northeastern United States. McNamara has extensive executive experience in the renewable energy sector, most recently as chief operating officer at New Energy Capital, managing their portfolio of alternative energy projects. In addition, he spent 10 years in business development and sales at Northern Power Systems. McNamara has developed and managed projects ranging from 30 kW to 20 MW including biomass, solar PV, wind turbines, waste to energy, microturbines, fuel cells, reciprocating engine gensets, steam turbines and combustion turbines.
  • Jo-Ann Yantzis, senior sales executive for Eastern Canada and Great Lakes Region. Yantzis brings 25 years of experience in business development and environmental regulatory affairs, including 12 years in the alternative fuel industry. She has held senior sales management roles at Clean Energy, TeleflexGFI, and Lubrizol, and was air quality consultant at Autumn Wind Associates.
  • Jonathan Harris, senior sales executive for New Business Development. Harris joins Nexterra from Vancouver-based Westport Innovations, where he was responsible for market development and sales, developing Westport’s OEM and direct sales channels and working with strategic customers like Wal-Mart. Prior to that, Harris held numerous engineering roles within the engine development division at Westport.

Dale Withers named RMT senior VP, construction

RMT, Inc., an energy and environment company, has named Dale Withers as senior vice president, construction services, with responsibility for leading RMT’s company-wide construction staff.

Withers is a seasoned construction professional with a 30 year history in the energy sector. As director of construction for Foster Wheeler Energy, he managed large, multi-year projects throughout the United States, the Middle East, Venezuela, Argentina, and the Netherlands. In addition, he has led construction services at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Foster Wheeler Constructors, Inc. Withers also serves as vice president, construction for RMT’s parent company, Alliant Energy Corporation and its utility subsidiaries, where he manages the company’s new energy projects and clean air projects.

Rick Goebbel joins SC Environmental

Rick Goebbel has joined the sales department at SC Environmental, LLC. Goebbel will be based in the Cleveland, Ohio area and will be selling waste and recycling equipment and systems.

SC Environmental sells and services electronic waste, wire, cable and radiator processing systems, balers, shredders, conveyors and scrap processing equipment to many industries. Goebbel was previously a regional sales manager for NexGen Balers.

Flip Screen Australia wins design award

Flip Screen Australia Pty Ltd., manufacturer of a range of screening and recycling attachments built for skid steers, excavators, wheel loaders, backhoes and telehandlers was awarded an Australian International Design Mark for its S30 Flip Screen at the International Design Awards. The newly-released E30 Flip Screen, which suits 5 to 10 ton excavators, took out the Most Innovative Product at the 2009 CivEnEx exhibition in Sydney. CivEnEx is Australia’s premier exhibition for the public works, construction and open space management Industries.

Hyster celebrates 80 years of lift truck manufacturing

Hyster Company, a lift truck manufacturer in North America, celebrates its 80th year as a lift truck manufacturer this year. Hyster Company was born when Willamette Iron & Steel, originally a lumber carrier manufacturer, merged with two other companies in 1929 to form a new company named Williamette Ersted. The name was eventually changed to Hyster Company, a reference to laborers shouting “Hoist ’er!” when a load was ready to be lifted.

For the past 80 years Hyster Company has been dedicated to providing customers with the best value for their investment.