BMW to Use Landfill Gas for Energy
Houston, TX - Waste Management, Inc. plans to supply landfill gas from its Palmetto Landfill in Spartan-burg, South Carolina to BMW Manufacturing Corporation's nearby manufacturing facility.
The methane gas produced at the landfill will be transported to BMW's manufacturing facility through a 9.5 mile pipeline. Once delivered to BMW, the gas will be used to fuel up to four gas turbines that will co-generate electricity and hot water for the facility. The landfill gas will fulfill 20 percent of BMW's energy requirements.
Construction on the multi-million dollar landfill gas-to-energy project was set to begin in July, with a target completion date near the end of the year.
Plastic Recycling Grants Awarded
Charlotte, NC - The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) awarded more than $90,000 in grants in its fourth annual funding cycle to applicants with projects that support the association's PET (polyethylene terephthalate) collection and recycling objectives.
NAPCOR awarded grants to local and regional programs across the United States that focus on increasing the collection and recycling of iPET containers (PET plastic beverage bottles of 24 ounces or less) and custom PET bottles (containers other than carbonated soft drink) and jars.
Weyerhaeuser Completes Merger
Federal Way, WA - Weyerhaeuser Company announced that as of June 30, Willamette Industries has been fully merged into Weyerhaeuser.
This completes Weyerhaeuser's acquisition of Willamette. As a result of the merger, all Willamette assets and obligations have become assets and obligations of Weyerhaeuser.
Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world's largest integrated forest products companies, was incorporated in 1900. In 2001, sales were $14.5 billion.
California Senate Passes E-waste Bill
Two bills designed to prevent toxic electronic waste, or "e-waste," from entering California's environment cleared the California State Senate with bipartisan support.
"With about 10,000 computers and television sets becoming obsolete every day in California, these bills are the first step towards making sure this growing waste stream is dealt with," said Mark Murray, Executive Director of Californians Against Waste, sponsor of the bills.
Senate Bills 1523 and 1619 together will require manufacturers to take responsibility for their obsolete products by achieving recycling goals and paying the net cost of genuine recycling of electronic devices or proper disposal for devices that are not recyclable.
The bills now move to the State Assembly for further deliberation.
Alcoa Earnings Up Over Previous Quarter
Pittsburgh, PA - Alcoa, Inc. net income for the 2002 second quarter was $232 million. Revenues were up five percent over the previous quarter, the first sequential increase in six quarters.
During the quarter, automotive, commercial transportation, and industrial products markets all showed strength, along with seasonal expansions in building and construction, and packaging and consumer markets.
Alcoa earned $307 million, in the second quarter of 2001, and $218 million, in the first quarter of 2002.
Watertown Tire Recyclers Purchase Columbus McKinnon Shredder
Sarasota, FL - Columbus McKin-non Corporation has announced the sale of a new CM Stationary Tire Shredding System to Watertown Tire Recyclers, LLC.
The system was installed in their facility in Watertown, Wisconsin and is used to process steel belted passenger and truck tires to TDF and feed stock for crumb rubber production.
Watertown Tire Recyclers, whose primary market was tire derived fuel, (TDF), chose CM equipment for its reliability, clean cut and low operating costs.
Genesis Appoints Regional Sales Managers
Superior, WI - Genesis Equipment & Manufacturing, Inc. has announced the appointment of new regional sales managers for the Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes and Midwest regions.
Dennis Turney has been selected as Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager. Mr. Turney will handle the states of New Jersey, Deleware, Maryland, Virginia, New York City and the Long Island area, and eastern Pennsylvania.
Mike Moore will handle the Great Lakes region in the states of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. The Midwest Region will be under Shane Kuhlmey and includes North Dakota, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Missouri and Kansas, as well as the Canadian provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Western Ontario.
AMERIMULCH Takes Demonstration Machine on the Road
Independence, OH - The AMERIMULCH Mobile "Middie-Mite" system is piece of equipment for manufacturing color-enhanced mulch. The Middie-Mite produces around 170 cubic yards of colored mulch per hour. It features a generator power unit, low water usage, and the high-energy mixing action. In conjunction with the AMERIMULCH Ultra™ colorants line, the machine can even do color greenwood fibers and other challenging waste woods.
The people at AMERIMULCH invested in a mobile demonstration system for manufacturing color-enhanced mulch. The system will be traveling the country the second half of 2002 and in 2003, to show companies with excess wood waste how the equipment works.
CBM Trading Installs 21st. Century Management Software
Long Beach, CA - 21st. Century Programming announces CBM Trading Company located in Whittier, California has installed the Recycling Operations Manager (ROM). CBM is using ROM for its non-ferrous operations and to manage its dealer and industrial trade. ROM's bar code inventory tag system is implemented to control inventory and weighted average pricing, and production monitoring.
Alcoa Completes Purchase of Packaging Company
Pittsburgh, PA - Alcoa Inc. has completed its agreement to acquire Chicago-based Ivex Packaging Corporation. Shareholders of Ivex will receive $21.50 per share in cash. The acquisition excludes Ivex's 48.2 percent interest in Packaging Dynamics Corporation, which will be distributed to Ivex's shareholders.
Ivex is a leading manufacturer of specialty plastic packaging for the food, electronic, medical, and retail markets with revenues totaling $643 million in 2001. Ivex has approximately 3,700 employees primarily in North America, as well as Europe and Southeast Asia. It will become part of Alcoa's global packaging and consumer business, which had 2001 revenues of $2.7 billion and after-tax operating income of $185 million.