Allstate Acquires Sterling Collision Centers
Northbrook, IL - The Allstate Corporation has acquired Sterling Collision Centers Inc., a leader in the auto body repair industry. Sterling operates a network of 39 collision repair stores in seven states and nine metropolitan locations.
"This acquisition is part of Allstate's effort to create a differentiated customer experience coupled with increased efficiencies and delivery of value to the policyholder," said George Ruebenson, Allstate vice president for claims and new chairman of the Sterling board of directors.
"Sterling stores are very different than the typical auto collision repair shop," continued Mr. Ruebenson. "On average, they are three times larger and repair four to five times more cars every month. Consistent service and repair quality are the hallmarks of Sterling."
"We are very excited about this new relationship," said Sterling CEO Jonathan McNeill. "Allstate will be a terrific partner. They share our vision of expanding our model to other markets and are equally committed to customer satisfaction. Like Sterling, they understand that it is good business to reduce repair times and improve the facilities' efficiencies while delivering superior customer service."
First Quarter Steel Shipments Down
Washington, DC - For the first four months of 2001, U.S. shipments were 33,458,000 net tons, down 12.9 percent from the same period in 2000 when 38,394,000 net tons were shipped, the American Iron and Steel Institute reported. In April 2001, U.S. steel mills shipped 8,281,000 net tons, a 9.8 percent decrease from the 9,181,000 net tons shipped in April 2000.
A year-to-year comparison of shipments shows the following changes within major market classifications: service centers and distributors, no change; automotive, down 21.3 percent; construction and contractors' products, up 0.6 percent; oil and gas, up 5.6 percent; machinery, industrial equip-ment and tools, down 16.5 percent; app-liances, utensils and cutlery, down 2.1 percent; containers, packaging and ship-ping materials, down 12.6 percent; and, electrical equipment, down 19.8 percent.
*Based on preliminary Census Bureau data.
GRRN Elects New Board Members
Atlanta, GA - The GrassRoots Recycling Network (GRRN) elected new board officers and appointed an executive director at its May annual meeting.
Anne Morse was elected president. Ms. Morse has worked in local government and on state recycling initiatives in Minnesota for thirteen years. She is the Recycling & Household Hazardous Waste Program Coordinator for Winona County Environmental Services in Winona, Minnesota.
Rick Best stepped down from the president position last month after becoming environmental aide to California Assembly Speaker Pro-Tem Fred Keeley. He remains on GRRN's Board.
Rick Anthony, a recycling consultant from San Diego, was chosen Vice President & Secretary. David Wood, Senior Associate at Center on Wisconsin Strategy, Madison, remains Treasurer.
Bill Sheehan was appointed Executive Director. Sheehan, a biolo-gist, co-founded GrassRoots Recycling Network in 1995 and became the organization's first staff member in 1998.
The GRRN is a North American network of waste reduction activists and professionals advocating Zero Waste, for dealing with the vast flow of waste materials generated by human society.
NADC Offers Talk Series for Small/Medium Size Companies
Doylestown, PA - Demolition contractors faced with tougher federal and local safety regulations, liability issues, and rising workers compensation premiums, can sharpen their employees' awareness of job site safety hazards through regular dialogue with workers. Safety professionals from the National Association of Demolition Contractors have developed a series of "Demolition Safety Talks," that focus on specific safety hazards and their solutions.
The pre-packaged, reproducible toolbox safety meetings are designed especially for smaller to medium-sized demolition contractors who may not have the resources to employ a full-time safety director. "Since so many of our members fall into this category, we felt that this was a service we could provide that would be indispensable to them," said Michael R. Taylor, executive director of the NADC.
The Demolition Safety Talks will cover topics such as fall protection, scaffold safety, electrical safety, and the operation of heavy equipment. Project managers- on whose shoulders the issue of demolition safety usually falls- can gather workers on a regular basis to train them on demolition safety basics using the safety kits. The Demolition Safety Talks are part of an overall all push by the NADC to improve safety on demolition projects which also includes the Annual Safety Summit, the revision of the Demolition Safety Manual, the newly issued Hazard Communications Program Manual.
For more information visit www.demolitionassociation.com or call 800-541-2412 or call 215-348-4949.
Barry Hunter Re-Elected President of Bureau of International Recycling
The Spring Convention of BIR in Madrid marked the end of Barry Hunter's initial term as president, and as chairman of the nominations committee, Past President Anthony Bird of the UK had no hesitation in proposing that Mr. Hunter should serve for a further two years. He had done an excellent job, said Mr. Bird, working "very hard with great enthusiasm and effort."
On behalf of the Committee, he proposed also that Treasurer Björn Voigt of Thyssen Sonnenberg GmbH, Germany, should be re-appointed. He had fulfilled this responsibility in an exemplary manner after taking over in quite difficult circumstances, and had brought the organization's finances back on track.
The meeting approved these appointments.
Mr. Hunter, of Keywell LLC in the United States, offered thanks for his colleagues' continuing support of his presidency. There were tremendous opportunities ahead for BIR as the industry became increasingly focused on global business and the development of world-wide trading partnerships "as the very future of our business".
Mr. Voigt had successfully led BIR finances "once again into the black". The major expense of supporting the British High Court action to establish that "scrap is not waste" was behind BIR. This successful ruling would be used to defend the industry where and as required "to remove our valuable secondary raw materials from the stigma of 'waste'."
Green Oasis will Accept more Waste Oil
Charleston, SC - Green Oasis Environmental, Inc. confirmed that the company's Charleston facility has been approved to accept a much broader range of feed stock from area waste oil collectors than previously permitted. The company has once again satisfied the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) that its proprietary technology for converting waste oil into diesel fuel and other fuel-based products meets DHEC's environmental standards. The Charleston facility stands ready to accept the wider range of feed stock and requires no additional capital outlays.
Green Oasis believes the expanded approval permit adds additional credibility to the Company's patented technology, and will be of assistance to other countries and jurisdictions contemplating using the Company's distillation process to address their hazardous waste oil disposal problems.
The original DHEC permit was limited in scope to allow DHEC to properly evaluate Green Oasis' proprietary technology. Upon the issuance of the temporary permit, Green Oasis immediately began the next step of either seeking to secure a permanent modification to its current permit or a new permit. In addition, Green Oasis is also applying for its own transportation permit and a related collection permit which would allow the Company to lease or purchase its own collection trucks and establish customer collection routes.
"The temporary approval from DHEC was secure through the continued efforts of Green Oasis' consulting process engineer and environmental attorney," said William D. Carraway, President of Green Oasis Environmental, Inc., "and is expected to have an immediate positive economic impact on plant profitability.
These events will continue to move Green Oasis' business plan forward in 2001."
Weirton Idles Blast Furnace
Weirton, WV - Weirton Steel Corp. idled one of its two blast furnaces for 10 to 12 weeks as of June 14. The temporary shutdown affected 215 employees.
A continuation of weak steel industry fundamentals was cited by the company for idling the furnace. The furnace, No. 4, produces 3,000 tons of molten iron per day. The No. 1 furnace, which will continue to operate, produces nearly 4,000 tons daily.
Weirton Steel is the eighth largest domestic integrated steel producer.
Southern Californians Unplug 300,000 Old Refrigerators
Rosemead, CA - Southern California Edison's refrigerator recycling program has reached a milestone- recycling the 300,000th old energy-inefficient refrigerator.
"We are proud of our customers for their response to the benefits of exchanging old inefficient refrigerators for new high-efficiency models," said Pam Bass, SCE's senior vice president of customer service. "By participating in our recycling and rebate programs, customers have saved as much as $100 a year on refrigeration-related energy costs and, at the same time, have made a significant contribution to California's need for energy conservation."
SCE's eight-year refrigerator recycling program provides customers with free pick-up service, their choice of $35 or a 5-pack of compact florescent light bulbs, and the knowledge that their old refrigerator will be recycled in the most environmentally sensitive manner possible.
Customers can call a toll-free recycling number, 800-234-9722, or visit SCE's customer website, www.sce.com, to schedule the pick-up of their refrigerator or freezer. To qualify for the program, participants must be SCE customers and appliances must be between 10 and 27 cubic feet in size and in working condition.
In addition, SCE is offering a $100 rebate when residential customers purchase a qualifying energy-efficient refrigerator. Details regarding how to reserve a rebate on qualifying models are available on the SCE website, or by calling 800-844-4509.
"Many of our customers are receiving higher bills resulting from recent rate increases by the California Public Utilities Commission and are considering how they can cut back on energy use," said Bass. "There are few steps a customer can take that will have a greater impact on energy usage and costs than replacing an old refrigerator with a new energy-efficient model."
2001 refrigeration technology needs only half the energy required by units just ten years old. In addition, the power used by an older second refrigerator kept in a garage or on a porch is even higher due to the lack of insulation and air conditioning.
Usher Named President US Steel
Pittsburgh, PA - USX Corporation announced that its board of directors named USX Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Usher as acting president of the U. S. Steel Group effective immediately.
Mr. Usher had previously served as president of U. S. Steel from 1991 to 1994. Usher fills the vacancy created by the death of U. S. Steel President and USX Vice Chairman Paul J. Wilhelm on April 27, 2001.
BTI Names Canadian Dealer
Riverside, CA - BTI (Breaker Technology, Inc.) recently appointed Creighton Rock Drill Limited Equipment Inc., located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, as BTI's exclusive distributor for the province of Ontario.
Creighton Rock Drill will handle the sales, service and parts for all hydraulic breakers, plate compactors, pedestal breaker systems, and demolition attachments. Creighton has extensive experience in the rock drilling, ground engaging wear parts including crusher parts as well as customer driven focus.
Water Purging System can Lower Sewer Bills
Portland, OR - The Dewatering Equipment Company has created an affordable system to create reusable water and lower sewer surcharges and disposal costs.
The submerged filter systems takes any stream of water to be cleaned up and reused. The inflow of dirty water is pumped in to the top tank as the clean water escapes through the smooth stainless steel screen with 3.000ths of an inch laser screen openings. The screen is submerged. Soft brushes sweep a path for the clean water to flow through. All of this is done with a one horsepower motor and no polymers.
The submerged filter system can clean water for reuse in a manufacturing plant, reduce sewer surcharges and disposal costs, return a damp manageable solid mass, has a low cost of operation and maintenance and can handle any volume of water.
Recycling ROM Installs Software
Long Beach, CA - 21st Century Programming has two new licensing agreements of its flagship software the Recycling Operations Manager (ROM), one at Adelanot, a secondary smelter and one at Tri-State Iron and Metal in Arkansas.
Adelanto Aluminum in Adelanto, California melts and processes millions of pounds of aluminum into refined alloy. The company plans to implement ROM's bar coded inventory system in conjunction with the purchase and sale modules in order to keep a "live metal position." In addition, 21CP is working with Adelanto to develop a new system designed to minimize the cost and melt loss of heat.
Tri-State Iron and Metal in Texarkana, Arkansas is a full-service scrap processing facility handling ferrous and non-ferrous materials. Tri-State will implement 21st Century's "Point of Scale" recycling software to handle all of their purchases and sales. In addition, the company plans to implement ROM's bar code based inventory system.
21st Century Program provides custom software to the recycling and waste industries.
Al-jon's Langland Appointed to Port Commission
Ottumwa, IA - The State of Iowa is represented in the Mid America Port Commission with three commissioners. Jim Langland was recently elected by the chairmen of the Count Board of Supervisors of Lee, Des Moines, Henry, Van Buren, Jefferson and Wapellow counties.
Mr. Langland, vice president of Al-jon, Inc. in Ottumwa, Iowa, has brought in business experience for contribution in the effort for creation of inland intermodal transportation facilities in the Tri-State region - west central Illinois, southeast Iowa and northeast Missouri.
The Mid-American Port Commission plans to develop an international port on the Mississippi River to transport manufactured goods and commodities.
Plainfield, NJ - Jedstock Inc., a Plainfield, New Jersey, based manufacturer and distributor of containers for recycling, solid waste and document destruction has introduced "Jedlock," a secure personal desk-side document receptacle.
The unit has two chambers, one with a lock and paper slot for sensitive documents and the other an open top for trash and other paper. The locking mechanism, which utilizes a brass American Zlock Co. lock, can be keyed alike. The unit is easily tethered to prevent theft.
Overall dimensions are 14.5" by 13.75" x 13" high making it very conducive for employees in tight quarters. Standard color is a light gray body with a dark gray lid.
Jedstock offers a complete line of security containers including melamine wood consoles (two sizes); two- or four-wheeled caster carts (32, 64 and 96 gallon); and rectangular or half round decorative lockable 23 gallon containers.
Other products for recycling and solid waste include tilt trucks, cube trucks, canvas hampers, replacement liners, fiberglass receptacles, saddle baskets, separation carts, office containers and more.
Jedstock is a factory direct shipper for several companies on a national basis, including Rubbermaid Comm-ercial Products, Schaefer Systems, Toter Incorporated, Meese Orbitron Dunne, Witt Metal Products, Safco, United Dandux, Cutler Forest Products and others.
Waste Management Appoints Martin
Houston, TX - Waste Management Inc. appointed Lois B. Martin as vice president of Total Rewards.
Ms. Martin will be responsible for the company's compensation, benefits and work life programs as well as the management of the HR information systems. She will report to Robert E. Dees, Jr., senior vice president and chief people officer.
Ms. Martin joins Waste Management from BMC Software Inc. where she was director, human resources services and held responsibility for the strategy, design, development and implementation of all compensation and benefit programs worldwide. Prior to BMC Software, Martin was vice president, compensation and employment for Darden Restaurants in Orlando, Fla. In addition, she held positions of director, compensation and benefits for Cemex, USA, in Houston, and was director, compensation for Pennzoil Company in Houston.
Alcoa Lowers Production in Brazil
Pittsburgh, PA - Alcoa announced that it has reduced its aluminum production at its Pocos de Caldas, Brazil, aluminum smelter by 25 percent, or 22,500 metric tons per year (mtpy).
The reduction is prompted by the Brazilian government's request that consumption of electricity at that plant be cut by 25% starting in June.
Pocos de Caldas had been operating near nameplate capacity of 90,000 mtpy since 1979. The net effect of the Pocos de Caldas curtailment will not be material to Alcoa's full year 2001 earnings.
Alcoa's worldwide primary aluminum capacity is 4.1 million mtpy. Alcoa currently has approximately 570,000 mtpy of idled capacity.
Garb-Oil Signs Marketing Agreements
Salt Lake City, UT - Garb-Oil & Power Corporation has signed two marketing and distribution agreements to market and sell the machinery and systems produced by the company.
National Recycling Corporation of New Jersey will market the Garb-Oil machinery, technology, processes and systems in New Jersey, New York and Delaware. The machinery, technology, processes and systems include tire shredders, crumb rubber manufacturing systems, truck tire repair equipment, OTR processing machinery and tires to energy processes.
Following sale and installation of the Garb-Oil machinery and systems National Recycling will provide warranty service and repairs, including an inventory of spare parts.
The second Marketing and Distribution Agreement was signed with RECIPACK of Argentina, a major consulting company. The Agreement gives RECIPACK the exclusive marketing and distribution rights for the nation of Argentina. RECIPACK will represent Garb-Oil in all business negotiations and transactions conducted in Argentina.
O'Neill Appointed Philip Services CFO
Chicago, IL - Philip Services Corporation, PSC has appointed Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. as senior vice president and chief financial officer.
"I am very pleased with the addition of Tom to the PSC executive team," said Anthony Fernandes, chairman and CEO. "He brings a wealth of senior finance, accounting and control and management experience. Tom has also demonstrated the ability to increase profitability through his contribution in the senior financial role. His addition to the senior management team will significantly enhance our ability to build long-term, profitable growth."
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