JULY 2011
                                        

  BUSINESS/ORGANIZATIONAL BRIEFS

Atlas Copco adds James River as distributor

Atlas Copco welcomed its newest drilling equipment distributor, James River Equipment. The company, well-known as a heavy equipment supplier, will represent Atlas Copco in the Carolinas for blasthole rigs, other surface drilling rigs and equipment, and Secoroc rock drilling tools. In North Carolina, James River Equipment will also distribute Atlas Copco’s Dynapac compaction and paving equipment.

James River Equipment, headquartered in Ashland, Virginia, has 25 locations throughout North and South Carolina and Virginia. The company supplies and services the equipment needs of the construction, forestry, paving, mining, agricultural, and consumer and commercial lawn care industries.

Commercial Metals acquires G.A.M. Steel Pty.

Commercial Metals Company, headquartered in Irving, Texas, has completed the acquisition of G.A.M. Steel Pty. Ltd., a distributor and processor of steel long products and plate based in Melbourne, Australia.

Nothmann appointed for biomass research

ArborGen announced that the company’s vice president of business and product development, David Nothmann, has been named by the United States Secretary of Energy and the United States Secretary of Agriculture to serve on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Jointly administered by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), the committee is made up of 31 volunteers from leading industry, academia, non-profit and local government entities.

Nothmann’s appointment is until November 30, 2013. As a member of the committee, he will advise the biomass research and development board, which coordinates research and development activities related to biofuels. The committee offers expertise on strategic planning and the technical aspects of the Biomass Research and Development Initiative. The initiative is legislatively directed to address feedstock development; biofuels and bio-based products development; and biofuels development analysis. The committee’s work will aid the DOE and USDA in building a sustainable biomass energy industry.

Nothmann is responsible for all aspects of ArborGen’s strategic business planning and product development.

RockTenn makes organization changes

RockTenn announced changes to its operational organization after the completion of its recent acquisition of Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation.

Mike Kiepura has been named president, consumer packaging. Jim Porter has been named president, corrugated packaging and recycling.

Northshore Manufacturing adds sales manager

Northshore Manufacturing, makers of Builtrite™ branded material handlers, announced the hiring of Brian Anders as their South Central regional sales manager.

Anders brings a wealth of industry experience to this position, having worked for two attachment manufacturers and a major, heavy construction equipment distributor in the Houston area. Anders will be covering the States of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Mississippi. He will work out of his home office in the Houston area.

US Shredder celebrates five year anniversary

The US Shredder and Castings Group celebrated its five year anniversary on June 1, 2011. The company began its service to the scrap industry by initially selling castings to automobile shredders and within five months had sold several complete shredder downstream systems. Now the company holds a major market share in castings and wear parts as well as new shredders and nonferrous systems.

Coinciding with the anniversary, the company has acquired a new shredder assembly plant in conjunction with Boltech of Youngstown, Ohio. The 160,000 square foot facility will allow the company ample space to completely assemble its line of shredders and rotors before shipment to the customer. The new facility becomes US Shredder’s second manufacturing facility. The company shares a 50,000 square foot conveyor and structural plant with its sister company, US Conveyor Technologies in Mackinaw, Illinois.

The two companies will host an open house at the new facility in August.

Sims adds national sales director to management

Sims Recycling Solutions has added Sean Magann as director, national sales to its executive team. Magann’s primary responsibilities will be to manage all commercial activities related to Sims’ large national corporate accounts.

Magann has 15 years of experience in the electronics recycling industry. Most recently Magann held the position as the commercial director for Xstrata Recycling with both management and board level responsibilities.

Berry joins Atlas Copco as service coordinator

Lauren Berry has been appointed to the position of service coordinator for Atlas Copco CMT USA, LLC in Baltimore, Maryland.

Berry has held the position of service administrator in the Tucson branch since 2007. She began her career in 2005 as an aftermarket administrator at the Rocky Mountain branch in Denver.

Ali Hayford promoted at City Carton Recycling

Ali Hayford, North Liberty, Iowa, has been promoted to corporate sales manager of City Carton Recycling.

Matt Walz, North Liberty, Iowa, has been hired as the company’s controller, replacing Hayford.

Hayford is responsible for the leadership and direction of all sales matters impacting City Carton Recycling. Her responsibilities include coordinating the sales and customer service force; planning, developing, implementing and managing all sales activities; developing sales strategies and distribution channels; streamlining the sales process; building and retaining a strong sales team; and identifying and analyzing potential market opportunities. Hayford reports to City Carton Recycling president and chief executive officer Andy Ockenfels.

Walz’s responsibilities include developing and maintaining the necessary procedures for the financial control of the Company and seeing that all necessary accounting activities, including reports, reconciliations and internal controls, are maintained. Walz reports to City Carton Recycling chief financial officer Tom Rowland.

Hayford began her career with City Carton Recycling in August 1998 as a receptionist. She was then promoted to office manager, and continued through the company ranks serving as assistant controller, controller, and interim sales manager.

Walz, a certified public accountant, previously worked for McGladrey & Pullen, LLP, Iowa City, Iowa, as a senior associate.

Both Hayford’s and Walz’s offices are located at City Carton Recycling’s corporate offices.

Advanced Disposal refinances for acquisitions

Advanced Disposal Services, Jacksonville, Florida, has refinanced its existing senior credit facilities with an amended and expanded $435 million credit line that adds $100 million in borrowing capacity which the company said it may use in pursuit of further acquisitions or for day-to-day operations. The company said the credit facility has been used to retire borrowing under its existing $250 million revolving credit facility due January 2014 and a $150 million Term B loan due January 15.

The credit facility – which was jointly arranged by Bank of America Corp., SunTrust Bank and Wells Fargo & Co. with nine additional commercial banks – matures April 2016 and allows the company an aggregate commitment to $500 million subject to certain conditions.