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Progressive Waste Solutions adds new board member

Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. has appointed William B. White to its board of directors. White will also be included as a nominee for shareholder consideration at the company’s next annual general meeting in May 2014.

An experienced global business leader, White is currently a partner in CBW Associates, a Canadian business consulting firm. Previously, White served as president of DuPont Canada, retiring in 2008. He held a variety of global leadership roles in his 34 years with E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.

Prior to his 2006 appointment as president of DuPont Canada, White worked across DuPont leading businesses and programs focused on growth through marketing and sales transformation, the development of emerging markets, and step change business strategies. Prior to his appointment to lead DuPont Canada, he was director of business improvement at DuPont’s headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware.

White is a graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and chairs Purdue’s Mechanical Engineering advisory committee. He serves on the board of directors of a number of organizations, including the Schulich Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business (York University) and the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance. He was previously on the board of directors of MaRS Discovery District, the Ontario Science Centre, Helix BioPharma and Afexa Life Sciences, where he also served as chairman.

Craft Equipment acquires American Waste Control

Craft Equipment Company, a Southern states regional material handling equipment, waste reduction and construction specialty equipment distributor, has acquired American Waste Control of Florida (AWC). The acquisition of AWC will further strengthen Craft’s operations in the four southernmost counties of Florida, including Miami.

AWC was managed by John Sobota, president of AWC. AWC began operations in Florida in 1997 after relocating from New York. The company is known in South Florida for the sales, service and installation of all waste reduction equipment, including balers and compactors.

Sobota is now vice president of waste reduction company-wide for Craft Equipment Company.

Paladin Attachments hires new parts manager

Paladin Attachments recently hired David Garmenn to lead its new strategic initiative focusing on aftermarket parts and attachment specific maintenance kits. As the new parts manager, Garmenn will lead implementation of the new initiative. He will work closely with all internal departments including customer service, engineering and sales to enhance product support for Paladin.

Garmenn comes to Paladin with more than 20 years of aftermarket experience in internal engine parts for automotive, heavy-duty on-road, and heavy-duty diesel off-road construction applications.

Infinity Resources completes acquisition

Infinity Resources Holdings Corp. has acquired the remaining 50 percent of Quest Resource Management Group, LLC (Quest) not already owned by Infinity’s wholly owned subsidiary Earth911, Inc. Earth911 has owned 50 percent of Quest since 2009 and had previously announced its intentions to acquire the remaining 50 percent of Quest. Consideration for the purchase of the remaining membership interests of Quest consisted of promissory notes for $22 million and 22 million shares of Infinity common stock.

Brian Dick, chief executive officer of Quest, has been appointed as president and chief executive officer and as a director of Infinity. Jeff Forte, co-founder of Quest, will become a consultant to Infinity and was also appointed as a director of Infinity.

Barry Monheit, who has been Infinity’s president and chief executive officer, will remain on Infinity’s board of directors along with the other current members.

Komptech adds new dealer in Texas

Komptech USA, Inc has added Powerscreen Texas to their dealer lineup. Powerscreen Texas was established in July of 1978 in La Grange, Texas and is centrally located between Houston and Austin. Since 1966 Powerscreen has been the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile screening, crushing and washing equipment. Powerscreen Texas is the authorized dealer for Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma for both companies.

Myslicki joins Terex as regional sales manager

Terex Construction Americas welcomed Mike Myslicki as the Terex Fuchs product regional sales manager for the central U.S. region. In this role, Myslicki will have sales and distributor development responsibilities for the expansive line of Terex Fuchs purpose-built material handlers for the scrap, recycling, forestry and port markets in a territory that includes the states of Texas and Louisiana northward to North Dakota and Minnesota. Myslicki brings more than 20 years of varied experience, including previous sales responsibility for the Terex Fuchs material handler line.

Myslicki started early in his career as a license equipment operator. During his career, he took on roles of increasing responsibility, ultimately leading to vice president and general manager of the forestry products division of a multinational equipment manufacturer. Most recently, Myslicki managed the specialty products division of a large Midwestern heavy equipment distributor, in which his duties included sales and support responsibilities for material handlers.

Myslicki will work in a field-based office from within his territory to better respond to the needs of the distributors and customers in the central region.

Capital Scrap acquires Coastal Scrap in Florida

Deerfield Beach based Capital Scrap Metal, LLC has acquired Coastal Scrap Metal, an electronics recycler, located in Palm Beach, Florida. The 25,000 sq.ft. warehouse and retail facility will enable Capital Scrap Metal to expand its current market share in the south Florida region.

With this new acquisition, Capital Scrap Metal will now be able to purchase and warehouse large volumes of e-scrap, as well as ferrous and nonferrous scrap in Palm Beach County. Coastal Scrap Metal is a full service scrap metal dealer specializing in electronic scrap.

The site will include state of the art identification systems and state certified digital scales, as mandated by the new state of Florida scrap metal recycling laws.

Jason Kelley named Sandusky plant manager

Akro-Mils has named Jason Kelley plant manager for the company’s Sandusky, Ohio facility. Kelley will report to Jeff Gervais, vice president and general manager of Akro-Mils and Jamco.

Prior to joining Akro-Mils, Kelley held positions at Tranter, Inc., in Wichita Falls, Texas and management positions at Rain Bird Corp. in Tucson, Arizona.

Morbark recognizes four of its top dealers with honors

Morbark, Inc. recognized four of its top dealers. Columbus Equipment Company was named Industrial Dealer of the Year for the second straight year, while Alexander Equipment Company, Nortrax Northeast, and Schmidt Equipment, Inc., earned Gold Tier Dealer status for their tree care products divisions.

Established in 1952 and known as “Ohio’s Dependable Dealer,” Columbus Equipment earned the Morbark Industrial Dealer of the Year Award for its 2012 sales of industrial equipment. Columbus Equipment operates in 10 locations in Ohio, and serves customers in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia.

Morbark dealers are reviewed and scored annually on their customer service, business plan, equipment and parts sales, service and warranty process, marketing efforts, and much more. As a result of the 2012 review process, Alexander Equipment and Nortrax Northeast retained Tree Care Product Gold Dealer status while Schmidt Equipment earned its first Gold Tier ranking, marking these companies as exceptional in all aspects of customer support.

Metalico closes Segel & Son acquisition

Metalico, Inc. has closed its acquisition of the assets of Segel & Son., Inc., a family-owned scrap iron and metal recycling business for nearly 100 years with facilities in Warren, Pennsylvania and Olean, New York. Terms were not disclosed.

Eric C. Hern, president and chief executive officer of Segel & Son, will stay on with the new ownership. He will have primary responsibility for overseeing and growing the former Segel operations.

Metalico will operate the Segel facilities through its Goodman Services, Inc. subsidiary, which has locations in Bradford, Pennsylvania and Jamestown, New York. The company expects the acquisition to enhance its position along the border of New York’s Southern Tier as an aggressive competitor for the region’s scrap and to boost supply materials for Metalico’s Buffalo shredder.

Brian Alexson joins Verengo as head of sales

Verengo Inc. a residential solar specialist, has hired Brian Alexson as vice president of sales and development. Alexson will take over Verengo’s national sales organization.

Alexson brings more than 25 years of successful leadership in sales, marketing and operations, with the last 22 years leading the executive-level sales and marketing for a series of billion dollar organizations including TruGreen Companies. Most recently, Alexson was the vice president of sales, marketing and customer service for E.L. Harvey recycling company. In his role at E.L. Harvey, he designed and established effective compensation, training and sales programs which increased revenues 27 percent in the first year.

Upstate Shredding acquires Reamer Recycling

Upstate Shredding has acquired the assets of Reamer Recycling, previously known as Wallace Industries, a scrap leader in Ithaca, New York.

Bill Reamer, former owner of the company, will stay on to assist the incoming management team during the short transition period. He has owned Reamer Recycling Inc. for 12 years; recycling operations have been in existence at the Cherry Street location in Ithaca for more than 75 years.

The new Ithaca facility will be the second for the company in Ithaca, there is currently a new steel distribution center located at 132 Cherry Street.

ECO Plastics appoints new chief executive officer

ECO Plastics has appointed Chris Brown as its new chief executive officer. Brown, an industry veteran of more than 18 years, joined ECO Plastics from APPE UK. He will take over from the business’ founder and former managing director Jonathan Short, who becomes deputy chairman. ECO Plastics’ board is completed with the appointments of new chairman, Bill Reeves and chief financial officer, Darren Marr.

Under the new structure Brown will assume responsibility for ECO Plastics’ day-to-day operations and management, while Short will step back to focus on the business’ medium and long-term strategy.

Covanta acquires Camden Resource facility

Covanta Holding Corporation has acquired the Camden Resource Recovery Facility, a 1,050 ton-per-day energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in Camden, New Jersey from a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler AG. The transaction is expected to have a modest positive impact on Covanta’s 2013 guidance metrics.

The Camden EfW facility provides sustainable waste management services to Camden County and surrounding communities while generating approximately 21 megawatts of renewable energy.

Murdoch joins SWANA`s board of directors

Joe Murdoch, waste sector marketing lead and senior vice president at HDR, has been named to the Solid Waste Association of North America’s International board of directors. Murdoch will serve as the consulting category director among the private sector directors on the board.

Seven private sector members sit on the board to represent different private sector views, including finance, services, consulting, sales, manufacturing, legal and materials recovery and diversion. These members help the board maintain a balanced view on municipal solid waste management. The individuals are elected to the positions by all SWANA private sector members, with three-year terms of office.

A long-time SWANA member, Murdoch recently served as director of the waste-to-energy technical division. He has 37 years of public and private sector environmental experience.