JULY 2010
                                        

  BUSINESS/ORGANIZATIONAL BRIEFS

John Van Ruitenbeek joins Sennebogen as sales VP

John Van Ruitenbeek recently joined Sennebogen.

Ruitenbeek, previously with Briggs Construction Equipment, has been appointed as vice president sales and marketing. Ruitenbeek was already familiar with the company as Briggs Construction Equipment had successfully represented the Sennebogen line since 2002.

Environmental Quality acquires Envirite

The Environmental Quality Company (EQ) has acquired Envirite. This includes all waste treatment, transportation, service and recycling operations at Envirite of Ohio, Envirite of Illinois and Envirite of Pennsylvania.

Like EQ, Envirite has a long history of servicing the environmental industry. With over 35 years of experience, Envirite specializes in the treatment and recycling of metal bearing liquids and solids. This includes contaminated solids, debris, liquid and dry waste recovery.

Services provided by Envirite include inorganic solid and liquid waste treatment, transportation services, drum waste management, metals recycling, technical services and remediation services.

Terms of the transaction are not disclosed.

RecycleBank adds to executive team

RecycleBank announced the appointments of Ian Yolles as chief marketing officer and Samantha Skey as chief revenue officer. The announcement is effective immediately.

Yolles joins RecycleBank with extensive entrepreneurial and executive level leadership experience managing brand building and marketing activities for some of the world’s most influential consumer product companies, including The Body Shop, Patagonia and Nike.

Prior to RecycleBank, Yolles was part of a small team that founded Nau, an innovative retail-direct outdoor lifestyle apparel company where he brought the brand’s narrative to life via a digital-centric approach to marketing and storytelling.

Skey brings RecycleBank a wealth of experience in new revenue creation for online and offline media and marketing businesses. Skey was the chief marketing officer at Passenger, Inc., a social software company providing online community for top brands.

An innovator in building innovative online revenue models, Skey was the executive vice president of strategic marketing for Alloy Inc., and has served in management positions at the Walt Disney Company, CNET and Interactive Imaginations. Skey regularly consults with leading organizations in social media and youth advocacy.

Green EnviroTech appoints new board members

Green EnviroTech Corp., a plastics recovery, separation, cleaning and recycling company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wolfe Creek Mining, Inc., announced the appointment of four board members in 2010.

Joining the board include: Gary M. De Laurentiis; chief executive officer; Jeff Chartier, president; Andrew Kegler, chief technology officer; and Wayne Leggett; chief financial officer.

De Laurentiis, CEO, has over 35 years of extensive experience in the plastics industry. He founded RPX Corporation as a plastic broker to the Hong Kong market and formed a joint venture to build a recycling plant with government funding. De Laurentiis also founded Eco2Plastics which won “Top 100 Innovations” by Popular Science. He has held the position of CEO since the inception of the company in 2008.

Chartier has almost 20 years of experience in the financial services industry including a successful stint with Morgan Stanley. He previously oversaw his own full service retail brokerage firm, Chartier Financial. He joined the company as president in 2009.

Kegler, chief technology officer, is the founder of Ergonomy LLC, an engineering company focused on development of intellectual property and chemical processes. In his broad and decorated career, he has developed and implemented the first fully automated, water free, recycled plastic finishing cleaner.

Leggett, chief financial officer, is an accredited accountant with 35 years of experience. He has previously served as the CFO of Corporate Host Development, Inc., in Austin, Texas, and was the vice president for the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation for two years.

Zenith Cutter hires global director of marketing

Zenith Cutter Co. recently announced the appointment of Thomas Parsons as its new director of marketing. Parson’s primary responsibilities will be the development of marketing initiatives designed to strengthen the global brand awareness of Zenith Cutter Co. He will also be instrumental in identifying and capitalizing on new business development opportunities for the company. Parsons holds extensive experience and knowledge within a variety of disciplines in the sales and marketing of industrial products.

Prior to joining Zenith Cutter Co., Parsons held the position of sales manager for Ipsen, Inc., Cherry Valley, Illinois. His primary responsibility was to oversee the sales and marketing efforts associated with the successful introduction of one of the company’s vacuum furnace offerings. Parsons has also held a number of sales management positions for the Gunite Corporation, Rockford, Illinois, including director of marketing and national sales manager.

Metalico hires Alberico to head nonferrous team

Metalico, Inc. has appointed veteran industry executive Steven M. Alberico as vice president of nonferrous sourcing and marketing for its scrap metal recycling subsidiaries.

Alberico has nearly 35 years of experience in scrap metal recycling. At Metalico he will be responsible for coordinating nonferrous operations across the Company’s several geographic platforms and growing its nonferrous sales.

A native of the Utica, New York area, he has worked extensively in plant operations and inventory management as well as sales. Most recently he served as a vice president of OmniSource Corporation in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he helped increase both tonnage and market share during the height of the recession notwithstanding the significant contraction in the economy.

Alberico brings to Metalico deep knowledge and experience in all areas of nonferrous scrap, with particular emphasis in nickel and stainless steel metals. He will be based in Rochester, New York, centrally located to facilitate regular interaction and visits to Metalico’s various operating facilities in the Great Lakes corridor, but will report directly to the Company’s senior management in Cranford, New Jersey.

New president of Denton Plastics appointed

Dennis Denton announced the appointment of Nicole Janssen as president of Denton Plastics. Janssen formerly served as vice president and has been with the company for 16 years.

Janssen’s promotion is part of a long-term succession plan. She will replace company founder Dennis Denton as president. Denton will remain active with the company and retains his position as chairman of the board.

In additional news, Teresa Galin was promoted to senior vice president. Galin was previously vice president of finance.

Doosan Portable Power names new dealer

Doosan Portable Power has named Clifford Power Systems of Tulsa, Oklahoma, an authorized dealer of its Ingersoll Rand-branded line of mobile generators for Oklahoma, Arkansas and the Austin and San Antonio areas of Texas.

Clifford Power Systems is a full-service company providing sales, rental, parts and service for standby and mobile power generation systems for various applications, ranging from 7 to 9,000 kilowatts. The company provides power systems for industrial customers, as well as mobile and rental generators for municipalities, construction and residential customers. Clifford Power Systems also has the capacity for immediate response in emergency situations.

Navistar adds new dealers in key markets

Navistar, Inc. announced five changes in its dealer network that will strengthen its distribution and service channel.

Through the combination of several dealerships in southern Georgia and West Virginia, the pending ownership change in Utah/Idaho and the addition of new dealers in Arizona and Indiana, Navistar is changing the game in its level of distribution and customer support in these markets.

Following the purchase of two International Truck dealerships in southern Georgia by Yancey Bros. Co., Yancey Truck Centers was recently launched with four full-service sales, parts and service locations in Albany, Blackshear, Georgia, Tifton, Georgia and Valdosta, Georgia.

Four International Truck dealership locations in West Virginia, known as Heritage International, were purchased by Gary Kale, CEO of Heritage Equipment, Inc. Kale has years of experience serving the needs of the West Virginia market, especially customers in the coal industry.

Navistar completed sales of two company-owned dealerships to private investors. The International® Truck dealerships – one located in the Phoenix/Tucson, Arizona market and the other in the Indianapolis, Indiana market – have been successfully transitioned to industry veterans Robert Cunningham and Shelby Howard, respectively.

Howard has operated successful commercial truck dealerships in Indiana since 1992 and has a proven track record of award-winning dealership performance, having won multiple Dealer of the Year awards.

Cunningham has worked in the transportation industry since 1973 and has held executive leadership roles, including CEO, with one of the nation’s largest truckload carriers. In the late 1990s, Cunningham owned and operated one of the nation’s most successful commercial truck dealerships in the Phoenix area.

Case Construction sells interest in LBX Company

Case Construction Equipment announced the sale of its interest in LBX Company LLC to S.C.M. (America), Inc., an affiliate of Sumitomo (S.H.I.) Construction Machinery Co., LTD. As a result of this transaction, LBX is now wholly owned by Sumitomo.

“The decision to sell our interest in LBX is a continuation of the strategy we began in 2009 to consolidate back office brand management and streamline our industrial footprint,” said Jim McCullough, CEO and president of CNH Construction.

The existing global supply alliance between SCM and CNH Global will remain intact.

OmniSource adds to its management team

OmniSource Corporation, headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, announced the following additions to its ferrous and nonferrous teams.

Shane Smith has joined OmniSource as the Northern Indiana division manager in Fort Wayne. Most recently he was the vice president of commercial operations with River Metals Recycling in Louisville, Kentucky, where he managed 13 yards and was responsible for scrap marketing and processing. A graduate of Purdue University, Smith previously worked for Commonwealth Aluminum and Metal Exchange Corporation.

Stan Davis has joined OmniSource Southeast as plant manager at the Smithfield, North Carolina operation. Davis has over 18 years scrap industry experience, most of which were with Commercial Metals Company where he served as area manager for yards in Florida and South Carolina. Davis is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.

Larry Kraynik, most recently from Miller Compressing Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has joined OmniSource’s nonferrous division in Fort Wayne. Larry’s diverse nonferrous metals background will be utilized in the procurement and trading areas. Kraynik’s previous experience includes positions with Commercial Metals Company and Wabash Alloys. Kraynik is a graduate of Purdue University.

Money4Gold to acquire Office Products Recycling

Money4Gold Holdings, Inc. (MFGD) announced that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire Kansas City, Missouri-based Office Products Recycling Associates (OPRA), a 15 year old recycler of cell phones, smart phones, inkjet printer cartridges and toners. OPRA has an extensive business-to-business model as well as consumer model, which will increase Money4Gold’s customer, channel and product footprint.

MFGD recently rolled out a diversification strategy to include a direct response program for customers to recycle cell phones and smart phones through its network, but this proposed acquisition will move the combined company forward more quickly than either company could have developed new products and sales channels on its own.

The company intends to change its name to Upstream Worldwide, Inc. and has already received shareholder approval.

Caraustar names Michael Patton as new CEO

Caraustar Industries, Inc. announced that Michael C. Patton, has been appointed by the board of directors to serve as the company’s chief executive officer.

Patton joins Caraustar after more than 10 years with Greif in senior leadership roles. Patton held the title of senior vice president, global sourcing and supply chain and divisional president, industrial packaging North America.

QCSA Holdings acquires Salvage Direct

QCSA Holdings, Inc., a vehicle remarketing and total loss claims management company, announced it has purchased and will be uniting forces with Salvage Direct.

Salvage Direct was founded in 1998 by Bob Joyce as the first online auction in the total-loss claims management industry. The company also specializes in commercial and catastrophic-loss management services.

Shred-Tech hires new MDS sales representative

Shred-Tech announced that Richard Tennant has joined the company as an MDS sales representative.

Tennant had been a key member of the team at Jake Connor and Crew for eleven years holding many positions within the company ranging from production to most recently the position of sales manager. Tennant’s extensive knowledge of the document shredding industry and sales related experience will make him a good addition to the MDS sales team.

Jeff Jakubiak takes new position with ACS Group

ACS Group announced that Jeff Jakubiak joined the operations team for the material handling department as the material handling/electrical production supervisor where he will be directing and supervising the material handling production lines.

With over 10 years of experience in the plastics industry, Jakubiak has been with ACS Group for 2 years. He started as a service technician for the material handling product line.

Prior to working at ACS Group, Jeff worked as a maintenance technician at Novapak PVCC Container Corp.

Gervais named general manager of Akro-Mils

Akro-Mils announced that Jeff Gervais has been named general manager. Gervais will assume all operational responsibility for Akro-Mils, which designs and manufactures a wide range of plastic storage bins and containers, metal shelving systems and mobile material handling systems sold through industrial and commercial distributors nationwide.

Joel Grant continues to serve as managing director of the Material Handling Group.

Prior to joining Akro-Mils, Gervais worked at the group’s Cincinnati-based Buckhorn offices and served as the director of finance and MIS for the Material Handling Group. In this position, Gervais was responsible for managing all financial and IT personnel, overseeing financial and IT requirements for the functional departments within the Material Handling Group, and compiling and analyzing various financial reporting and production reports as needed.