United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Region 5 has reached an agreement with Perham Resource
Recovery Facility, a municipal waste combustor
in Perham, Minnesota, on alleged clean-air violations.
The agreement, which includes a $15,950 penalty
and a $110,760 environmental project, resolves
EPA allegations that the facility exceeded emission
standards for hydrogen chloride and mercury.
American LaFrance exits bankruptcy
American LaFrance, LLC emerged successfully from
its Chapter 11 bankruptcy effective July 24, 2008.
Concurrent with its emergence from bankruptcy,
American LaFrance has announced a significant restructure
of its business and a transformation of organization,
processes and a segregation of facilities to better
serve its product lines in domestic and global
In a major effort to improve profitability, timely
delivery and to create room for soon to be announced
new ventures, the fire business will be moved from
Summerville, South Carolina to the American LaFrance
facilities in Ephrata, Pennsylvania and Hamburg,
New York according to American LaFrance. Summerville
will remain the center of excellence for commercial
cab and chassis models, including chassis manufactured
for the fire, refuse and construction markets (street
sweepers, refuse haulers, concrete pumpers, etc.).
Schnitzer acquires three auto parts businesses
Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. announced that
its Auto Parts Business has acquired three self-service
used auto parts businesses located in Little Rock,
Arkansas and San Antonio, Texas.
Schnitzer purchased the assets and business of
U-Pull-It Auto Parts, Inc., U-Pull-It Jacksonville,
Inc., and Roosevelt U-Pull-It, Inc., which were
previously owned and operated by Gary Johnson.
Universal Package names new general manager
Universal Package Systems announced the promotion
of Jonathan Brandes to the position of general
manager. Brandes has been with the company for
the past three years, previously holding a sales
position with the fast-growing company.
His new responsibilities include maintaining and
improving customer relations, new business development,
and plant and warehouse supervision.
Previously, Brandes worked with Tecumseh Corrugated
Box Company, working as head designer, before moving
into sales with the company. He also spent time
with The Servants Incorporated, a paper sheet plant,
where he gained experience as a sample maker.
ArcelorMittal acquires Rolanfer Recyclage
ArcelorMittal announces it has acquired the outstanding
60 percent of the shares in Rolanfer Recyclage
S.A. (Rolanfer), which now gives it 100 percent
control over the company.
Rolanfer is based in Yutz (France) near Thionville
on the border with Luxembourg and operates a shredder
at the port of Illange. Rolanfer specializes in
the processing and recycling of scrap metal products
including incinerated scrap, shredded scrap, and
The bulk of its production is delivered to ArcelorMittal
sites in Luxembourg. This acquisition will assist
in securing the supply of scrap metal to ArcelorMittal
operations in the region.
In 2007, Rolanfer’s gross turnover was US$20.6
million and it shipped approximately 86,000 tons
of scrap metal for the year. Rolanfer currently
employs 24 staff and its new managing director
is David Iroz.
AF&PA chooses director of communications
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)
announced that Scott Milburn has been named executive
director of AF&PA Strategic Communications.
Milburn will coordinate AF&PA’s communication
outreach to industry, policy and opinion leaders,
and the media.
Milburn has a background in state and federal government,
as well as public affairs consulting. He most recently
served as vice president in the issues management
practice of APCO Worldwide.
Milburn has an extensive background in public policy
communication, having served as press secretary
in the White House Office of Management and Budget
under directors Joshua Bolten and Rob Portman,
and as senior communication advisor to members
of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives,
as well as a governor. In all of these positions
he worked closely on energy and environmental policy,
as well as other issues central to manufacturing
Veolia selects Chicago for new headquarters
Veolia Environnement has selected Chicago as its
new North American headquarters for the company’s
four operational groups.
The company has signed a lease for 34,500 sq. ft.
of space in Aon Center (200 East Randolph Street).
Veolia Environnement’s North American headquarters
will house approximately 60 executive managers
and administrative personnel from four operational
groups focused on water services and technologies,
waste services, energy and facility management,
and passenger transportation.
Harsco receives 10-year contract from steel plant
Harsco Corporation announced that its worldwide
mill services division has been awarded a new ten-year
contract valued at more than $60 million over its
duration to provide on-site environmental services
to ArcelorMittal’s Dunkirk steel works in northern
Harsco’s award includes the construction of a new
dehydrating plant that will process the mill’s
blast furnace and melt shop sludge by-products
into reusable filter cake material suitable for
use within the steelmaking process, as well as
other external applications. The award also includes
the screening and blending of various by-product
materials for on-site recycling to the mill’s sinter
plant, which produces materials for charging the
mill’s three blast furnaces. Work is scheduled
to commence at the beginning of 2009.
IronPlanet reports record second quarter in 2008
IronPlanet posted record sales in the second quarter
of 2008, with gross auction sales of $91.3 million
- an increase of 37 percent over the second quarter
of 2007. This year’s second quarter represents
a 17 percent growth over the first quarter of 2008.
The company’s year-to-date performance of $168.9
million is a 70 percent increase over the same
period in 2007.
In the second quarter, IronPlanet drew an average
of 14,000 visitors per auction, an increase of
35 percent over the second quarter of 2007.
Lovejoy appoints new torsional product manager
Lovejoy, Inc. announced the appointment of Greg
Taylor as torsional product manager.
Taylor’s role is to oversee the marketing, engineering,
coordination, and sales efforts for Lovejoy’s wide
range of torsional couplings. He works directly
with distributors and original equipment manager
accounts. At Lovejoy, Taylor’s goals are to develop
innovative products and to grow the torsional products
Prior to Lovejoy, Taylor worked as an application
manager for Power Great Lakes, Inc. in Wood Dale,
China Recycling Energy appoints new CFO
China Recycling Energy Corp. announced the appointment
of Xinyu Peng as chief financial officer, effective
Peng joins CREG from the Asia offices of Tavistock
Group, a global private equity firm. While at Tavistock
Group (Asia), Peng was a vice president engaged
in investment and financing in Greater China. In
the past five years, Peng held CFO positions at
Mod3 Cabinets & Home LLC in Tampa, Florida,
a manufacturer of wood kitchen cabinets, and at
Creative Hospitality Concepts LLC in Tampa, Florida.
From 2002 to 2003, Peng was CFO and chief representative
of Sino Agri-Tech Inc., under Asia Capital Group.
Total Resource Auctions acquires auction pool
Total Resource Auctions’ president, Jamie Porter,
announced the acquisition of the Texas-based Central
Cities Auction Pool business assets and operations.
This move expands Total Resource Auctions’ national
footprint to 56 locations, including five in Texas.
Central Cities Auction Pool president Carroll Estes
will continue to run the operation with his wife,
Annette, and son, Chad.
Central Cities Auction Pool will continue to offer
AIMS Software to customers and run its operating
system. In addition, Central Cities Auction Pool
will host, manage and maintain AIMS Net.
Brookfield invests in safer recycling technology
Brookfield Resource Management, Inc. has invested
in an upgrade of its fluid evacuation systems.
The upgrade makes Brookfield’s Elmsford, New York,
recycling facility cleaner, safer and more efficient
thanks to new equipment that safely collects and
stores fluids from end-of-life vehicles.
Brookfield is the first recycling facility in the
state of New York to utilize the specialized equipment
capable of collecting nearly all types of automotive
fluids. The Seda-Easy Drain, manufactured by Seda
Environmental, is a system that uses compressed
air to remove virtually all fluids in a safe and
efficient manner. All of the vehicle fluids are
pumped into dedicated recovery tanks and recycled.
Brookfield’s new fluid containment system has huge
environmental benefits. The updated process prevents
spills and cross-contamination of vehicle fluids.
Chuck Schott advances
Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation has named Chuck
Schott central region vice president of manufacturing
for the company’s container division.
Schott joined Smurfit-Stone in 1984 as a production
employee at the company’s Fargo, North Dakota box
plant and has served in a variety of sales and
sales management roles throughout his career. He
most recently served as area sales manager for
the container division’s Lake Superior area.
Schott replaces John Yoder, who was recently named
the division’s vice president of manufacturing
New distributor for Badger Shredding named
Badger Shredding Products Inc., located in Sturgeon
Bay, Wisconsin, announced that Heavy Machines Inc.
has been signed up to represent the Badger Shredding
line of Shredding Equipment in the States of Alabama,
Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, North
Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Neenah Enterprises acquires Morgan’s Welding
Neenah Enterprises, Inc. and Neenah Foundry Company
announced that a newly-created, wholly-owned subsidiary
of the Company has purchased substantially all
of the business and assets of Morgan’s Welding,
Inc., a steel fabricator located in Pennsylvania,
for a cash purchase price of $3.85 million, plus
the assumption of approximately $0.3 million of
current liabilities, subject to a working capital
adjustment. Upon closing, the new subsidiary changed
its name to Morgan’s Welding, Inc.
The purchase was financed through borrowings under
the Company’s existing credit facility.
The Company expects this acquisition to significantly
improve its ability to service customers in the
municipal markets in the Northeastern United States
by allowing it to package fabricated steel gratings
with its iron casting products, thus offering a
more complete array of street drainage products
to the marketplace.
Nucor to install a plate heat treating facility
Nucor Corporation plans to install a plate heat
treating facility at its plate mill in Hertford
County, North Carolina. The heat treat line will
have an estimated annual capacity of 120,000 tons
and will have the ability to produce heat treated
plate from 3/16” through 2” thick. Total cost of
the project is expected to be approximately $110
Nucor’s plate mill in Hertford County, North Carolina,
has an annual capacity of approximately 1.6 million
tons. Combined with Nucor’s plate mill located
in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Nucor’s current annual
plate production capacity is approximately 2.8
Sukut Construction hires geotechnical expert
Sukut Construction Inc., announced the hiring of
Ron Bane, a recognized expert in geotechnical construction.
He will lead the company’s expansion into the growing
field of seismic retrofitting and ground reinforcement
of the nation’s aging infrastructure, including
dams and levees.
Bane is one of the few experienced geotechnical
project managers in the field, and his arrival
positions Sukut to join a handful of companies
nationwide, capable of meeting the need for infrastructure
retrofit, highlighted most recently by the 2005
breach of levees in New Orleans during Hurricane
Katrina and the current Midwest flooding crisis
along the Mississippi River.
Bane initially will focus on Sukut’s $54.6 million
contract to seismically retrofit the San Pablo
Dam in Contra Costa County, California. As senior
construction and quality control manager, Bane
will be in charge of the two-year project.
Bane comes to Sukut from the American subsidiary
of a Japanese geotechnical firm. His recent projects
included seismic upgrades of two dams in South
Carolina, and an underground seepage control retrofitting
of the Waterbury Dam in Waterbury, Vermont, both
sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Bane has managed construction and quality control
for more than 200 major earthwork projects and
has 10 years of experience in deep-ground improvement,
including the cement deep soil mixing that will
be performed on the San Pablo Dam retrofitting.
Advanced Disposal acquires Attaway Waste
Advanced Disposal Services based in Jacksonville,
Florida, has acquired Attaway Waste Services, a
Milledgeville, Georgia-based business.
This acquisition will add customers and bridges
the gap between adjacent markets in Augusta and
Macon, Georgia. Attaway has collection and transfer
operations in six Georgia counties. “By consolidating
operations between the I-20 and I-16 corridors,
Advanced Disposal is better prepared to meet the
solid waste collection and disposal needs of the
state for many years to come,” says Wally Hall,
president and chief operating officer of Advanced
RockTenn's CEO named 2008 CEO of the Year
RockTenn Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim
Rubright has been selected as this year’s RISI
North American CEO of the Year for the forest products
Each year, RISI surveys investment analysts and
portfolio managers to make nominations for the
award, based on such criteria as leadership, vision
and strategic accomplishment.
The 2008 award will be presented to Rubright on
September 15th at the 23rd North American Forest
Products Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Rubright
will also deliver the keynote address and participate
in a CEO Panel at the event.
Norcal Waste appoints new board member
Dennis Wu has joined the board of directors of
Norcal Waste Systems, Inc., headquartered in San
Wu, who retired in March 2008 as executive vice
president and chief financial officer of UCBH Holdings,
Incorporated (UCBH), currently serves as a director
Wu joined UCBH after a thirty-seven year career
with the public accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche
LLP, where he served as national managing partner
of the firm’s Chinese Services Group since June
2000. Wu served as a partner at Deloitte & Touch
LLP from 1979 to 2004, including the partner-in-charge
of the firm’s Enterprise Group of Northern California.
Sapa’s Jack Miller elected to association board
Jack Miller, president, Sapa North America Extrusions,
Inc., has been elected to the board of directors
of The Aluminum Association.
Miller began his career with Alcoa at its Tennessee
operations. He held various positions with Alcoa
in both the rolling and extruding businesses, including
general manager of Alcoa’s Europe Extrusions and
End Products. He joined Sapa in 2007 as president,
North America, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
CMC sells $500,000,000 of senior unsecured notes
Commercial Metals Company (CMC), headquartered
in Irving, Texas, announced that it has sold $500
million principal amount of senior unsecured notes
due 2018. The notes have a coupon rate of 7.35
percent and were sold at the offering price of
$998.28 for each $1,000 of principal to yield 7.374
percent to maturity. In anticipation of the offering,
CMC entered into a hedge transaction based on then
existing Treasury rates, which had the effect of
reducing the Company’s effective interest rate
cost on the notes to approximately 7.29 percent.
The notes were assigned a Baa2 rating by Moody’s
Investors Service, Inc. and Standard & Poor’s
assigned a BBB rating.
The Company intends to use the net proceeds from
the offering to repay its 6.75 percent notes due
February 15, 2009, to repay commercial paper, including
that incurred to fund the purchase price of recently
completed acquisitions, to fund the purchase price
of future acquisitions and for general corporate
Thermo Fisher receives R&D 100 award
Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. announced that is
has been awarded the R&D 100 Award for technological
An independent judging panel and the editors of
R&D Magazine selected the handheld Thermo Scientific
Niton XL3t XRF analyzer as one of the 100 most
technologically significant products introduced
into the marketplace over the past year.
This is the third R&D 100 Award for the Niton
series, with previous awards coming in 1995 and
Since they were established in 1963, the R&D
100 awards have been presented annually to the
100 most innovative new technical products and
processes of the year. More than 50 outside judges
are chosen from among professional consultants,
university faculty and industrial researchers.
Based on the outside judges’ votes and written
comments, the editors of R&D Magazine make
the final choice.
DiMicco appointed to manufacturing council
Nucor Corporation chairman, president and chief
executive officer Daniel R. DiMicco has been appointed
to the United States Manufacturing Council by U.S.
Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez.
The Manufacturing Council was established to ensure
regular communication between the federal government
and manufacturing sector. The newly appointed council
consists of 14 private-sector executives who reflect
the diversity of industry in company size and geography.
DiMicco has been president and chief executive
officer of Nucor Corporation since 2000.
Waste Connections to buy Harold LeMay Enterprises
Waste Connections, Inc. has entered into an agreement
to acquire Harold LeMay Enterprises, Incorporated.
LeMay is the largest privately-owned solid waste
services company in the Pacific Northwest with
total annual revenue of approximately $100 million.
LeMay provides solid waste collection, recycling
and transfer services. The transaction remains
subject to customary closing conditions, including
regulatory approval and receipt of local municipal
consents. Closing is expected to occur in the fourth
quarter of 2008.
Waste Connections also announced that it has entered
into an agreement with entities affiliated with
LeMay to acquire the remaining interests in Pierce
County Recycling, Composting and Disposal, LLC
(PCRCD), a provider of solid waste disposal, transfer,
recycling and composting services, which is currently
a majority-owned subsidiary of Waste Connections.
Upon completion of this acquisition, PCRCD will
become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Waste Connections.
Schnitzer Steel declares quarterly dividend
The board of directors of Schnitzer Steel Industries,
Inc. declared a cash dividend of $0.017 per common
share, payable on September 2, 2008, to shareholders
of record on August 18, 2008. Schnitzer has paid
a dividend every quarter since going public in