October 2005

BUSINESS/ORGANIZATIONAL BRIEFS

Veolia Environnement offers support

Lombard, IL— In the wake of the devastation brought on by Hurricane Katrina throughout Mississippi and Louisiana, Veolia Environnement and its North American-based companies are mobilizing to support relief efforts. As a member of the Veolia Environnement family, Onyx North America and its business units have committed to various initiatives to bring aid to the communities they serve on a daily basis.

The tremendous amount of support for hurricane relief efforts from ONA and its business units is not only monetary, but involves human capital as well.

EPA cites Scott Brass in Indiana

Chicago, IL— U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Scott Brass Co. for alleged clean-air violations at the company’s brass production plant in New Carlisle, Indiana.

EPA alleges that Scott Brass violated testing and notification requirements when it installed and began operating four furnaces in 1997 and did not apply for a state operating permit before installion.

Scott Brass emits particulate matter (smoke, ash, dust) when it melts scrap to produce brass metal.

Metso Minerals acquires Texas Shredder

Helsinki, Finland— Metso Minerals has acquired Texas Shredder, Inc., a supplier of metal shredder products located in San Antonio, Texas. The sellers are a group of private investors led by Capital Southwest Corporation, a venture capital investment company. The acquisition price is approximately EUR 13 million.

Texas Shredder is the leading supplier of metal shredder plants and related aftermarket services in North America.

With the acquisition, Metso Minerals strengthens considerably its position in the North American metal recycling market, which is the largest in the world, processing approximately 70 million tons of metal scrap annually.

The acquired company will be merged with Metso Minerals’ current metal recycling operations in the USA to form a new company, Metso Texas Shredder, Inc.

Aleris acquired Tomra Brazilian recycling center

Beachwood, OH— Aleris International, Inc. has acquired Tomra Latasa Reciclgem, a recycling operation in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from Tomra Systems ASA of Norway.

Steve Demetriou, chairman and chief executive officer of Aleris International, Inc. stated, “The acquisition of the Tomra Brazilian recycling operations is an excellent strategic fit with Aleris’ existing Brazilian recycling operations. It will provide greater access to aluminum scrap, complementary manufacturing operations and stronger customer relationships, which should allow Aleris to accelerate our profitable expansion in this high growth region.”

R. W. Beck names new executive VP of WWR

Nashville, TN— Management consulting and engineering firm R. W. Beck, Inc. announced the promotion of Edward Wetzel to executive vice president of Water and Waste Resources (WWR).

Wetzel replaces Russell J. Stepp who will become the new president and CEO of R. W. Beck.

As executive vice president for WWR, Wetzel will be responsible for overseeing and broadening the sale and delivery of management consulting services to water and solid waste clients throughout the U.S.

Fairbanks’ In-Motion Scale attains NTEP approval

Kansas City, MO— Fairbanks Scales has designed a product to meet a specific customer need. They were asked to provide an in-motion package weighing system that could accurately weigh packages at speeds of 245 feet/min while having some specific on-board diagnostics. A prototype system was installed to prove the feasibility of the goals.

The Fairbanks FB 3000 based system performed reliably and provided the customer positive results to improve their operations. After one year of testing, the customer was ready to put the system out to bid with the stipulation that the system would have to become NTEP approved. Fairbanks won the bid and on August 29, 2005 obtained NTEP on the system. No other manufacturer has a 100 lb. box scale that is NTEP approved for this type of application.

This system will soon be released as a standard product. Even though this system focuses on the transportation industry, the main aspect is on material handling.

Cummins India names new vice president

Columbus, IN— Anant Talaulicar, chairman Cummins India Ltd., has been named a Cummins vice president, the Company announced. Talaulicar, who also serves as managing director of Cummins India Area Business Organization (ABO) and of Tata Cummins Ltd., a 50-50 joint venture with Tata Motors, has been in his current position since March 2004.

A native of Mumbai, India, Talaulicar has worked full-time for Cummins since 1988 and has held a number of positions in the Company, both in the U.S. and India.

Talaulicar earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Mysore University in India in 1984, before traveling to the U.S. where he earned a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Michigan in 1985 and an MBA from Tulane University in 1987.

World Waste Technologies makes personnel changes

San Diego, CA— World Waste Technologies, Inc. announced the appointment of board chairman John Pimentel to the additional post of chief executive officer. Mr. Pimentel succeeds Thomas L. Collins who has been named executive vice president.

The company appointed Sam P. Cortez and Ross M. Patten to its board. They succeed Fred Lundberg and Steve Racoosin who have relinquished their board seats — both Lundberg and Racoosin remain officers of World Waste.

Ross M. Patten has over 25 years’ experience as an accomplished waste management executive. Sam Cortez has over 15 years’ experience in corporate development and finance.

Edward A. Evans joins Allied Waste Industries

Scottsdale, AZ— Allied Waste Industries, Inc. has named Edward A. Evans executive vice president, Human Resources and Organizational Development.

Evans has spent 30 years in human resources and organizational development. He joins the company from Cornell University where he was founding director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the school of Hotel Administration. Prior to Cornell, Evans spent fourteen years at ARAMARK Corporation. He served as senior vice president of Human Resources for the Uniform & Career Apparel Group where he was responsible for 185 locations and more than 12,000 employees.

Heil sells distributorship to Arizona Refuse Sales

Chattanooga, TN— Heil Environmental has sold the assets of its Heil Arizona distributorship and assigned the territory covering Arizona to Arizona Refuse Sales, LLC, of Phoenix. Arizona Refuse has also agreed to cover New Mexico until such time as the territory is assigned. The purchase includes assets, inventory and customer records of Heil Arizona.

Arizona Refuse Sales was established in 1996 by Paul Campbell, a former 20-year Heil employee. This family-owned business also carries hydraulic lifters from Bayne Premium Lift Systems and includes a complete hydraulic cylinder repair shop.

The transition to service from Heil Arizona to Arizona Refuse Sales should be seamless for customers, Baratti says. Many key Heil Arizona employees, including veteran sales representative Tom Nigbur, will go to work for Arizona Refuse Sales.

EPA names director of national center

Washington, DC— Gary J. Foley, Ph.D., has been named director of EPA’s National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) in Washington, D.C., one of four national centers in the EPA.

Foley will direct a staff of about 100 federal employees in the Washington, D.C. office. The National Center for Environmental Research supports high-quality research conducted by the nation’s leading scientists and engineers with grants and fellowships. Foley has served in many senior science management positions in EPA’s Office of Research and Development. Recently, he served as director of the National Exposure Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, a position he held since April 1995.

EPA reaches agreement with Cargill

Chicago, IL— The agreement resolves a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of EPA alleging that Cargill had significantly underestimated emissions from its operations in 13 states. Under the settlement, Cargill is required to install air pollution control devices at its 27 facilities and is expected to spend an estimated $130 million to meet the requirements of the agreement. The company will pay a civil penalty of $1.6 million and spend $3.5 million on environmental projects across the country.

Benlee begins strategic growth with new owner

Romulus, MI— Benlee, Inc., which was recently purchased by Detroit-based industrialist Gregory W. Brown, has begun transforming itself through a series of targeted strategic investments to increase the company’s value to its customers and to accelerate growth.

A leader in the global scrap and recycling industry for more than 30 years, Benlee is a manufacturer of roll-off trucks and trailers, and other vehicles such as dump trucks and trailers.

Brown has 28 years of management experience from working at such companies as General Electric, Guardian Industries and Honeywell.

Brown said the heart of Benlee’s parts and service operation is the detailed files of each trailer and truck the company has built for the past 30-plus years – most of which are still on the road. Benlee carries replacement parts for every unit it has built, which maximizes its customers’ uptime.

AECOM acquires ENSR International

Los Angeles, CA— AECOM, a global design and management company, has merged with ENSR International, a provider of comprehensive environmental health and safety management services. The merger combines AECOM’s extensive water/wastewater and environmental management capabilities with ENSR’s multidiscipline environmental expertise, extending both companies’ service lines and global reach. ENSR International will operate as an AECOM company under the ENSR name.

“The transaction will enable us to better serve the growing global environmental market and brings together two companies with extensive capabilities and complementary cultures,” said John M. Dionisio, chief operating officer of AECOM, a company with 20,000 employees and annual revenues of USD 2 billion.

Green Parts obtains scrap metals supply contract

Atlanta, GA— Green Parts International, Inc. announced that it has agreed in principal with a refinery in Bangladesh to supply secondary metals through its various network. Terms of the contract are pending final negotiations with a definitive contract to be executed by the parties before the end of the month. The contract will be for a minimum of $1,000,000 per annum. Settlement will be by international letters of credit with immediate cash flow realized by Green Parts with each shipment of scrap.

Stedman appoints Tom Meyers as sales manager

Aurora, IN— Stedman has recently hired Tom Meyers as a regional industrial sales manager for the northern half of the United States. Meyers brings 18 years of experience in industrial sales of metal finishing, cleaning and drying systems. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Miami (Ohio) University.

Oregon Steel Mills announces new chairman

Portland, OR— Oregon Steel Mills, Inc. announced that its board of directors (Board) appointed Carl W. Neun chairman, replacing William Swindells who retired from the board on August 31, 2005. Mr. Swindells, the former CEO and chairman of the board of directors of Willamette Industries, Inc., had served as a director since 1994 and as chairman since 2001.

Mr. Neun was appointed to the board in 2002 and serves on its Audit Committee. Previously, he was senior vice president and chief financial officer for Tektronix, Inc, an electronics manufacturing company from 1993 until his retirement in 2000.

East® chooses new Ohio authorized dealer

Randolph, OH— Centerpointe Truck & Equipment Sales, Inc. has been named an authorized dealer for East Manufacturing.

“We wanted to expand our product line and be able to offer a greater variety of products to our customers,” explained Centerpointe president/owner Dave Ward. “The East brand is one that’s recognized in our area. We’re selling flatbeds, refuse trailers, and aluminum end-dumps.”

Headquartered in Randolph, Ohio, East Manufacturing Corporation offers a full line of aluminum dump, platform and refuse trailers, steel and aluminum dump bodies, and heavy duty trucking accessories.

Flowserve names new president and CEO

Dallas, TX— Flowserve Corp. announced that its board of directors has selected Lewis M. Kling as president, chief executive officer, and a member of the board of directors, effective August 1, 2005.

Kling currently serves as chief operating officer at Flowserve and will become president and CEO succeeding interim-chairman, president and CEO Kevin E. Sheehan, who was appointed by the board in April.

Wastequip appoints western regional manager

Beechwood, OH— Wastequip, manufacturer and distributor of waste equipment, announced the appointment of Steve Ellingboe as Western regional manager of Technical Products for the West Coast area. In his new position, Ellingboe will be responsible for enhancing customer relationships, new business development, and identifying new opportunities for Wastequip within his sales territory.

Ellingboe joined the company with 20 years of waste industry experience. He began as the sales manager for a western-based compactor and baler company then subsequently went to Marathon Equipment for 14 years covering primarily the western states, western Canada and customers as far east as the Mississippi river. Most recently he worked for K-PAC, where he has spent the last three years as national sales manager.

Environmental Power elects board members

Portsmouth, NH— Environmental Power Corporation announced that its stockholders have elected two new directors to its board at the company’s 2005 annual meeting. With the election of Lon Hatamiya and Steven Kessner, the company has increased the number of members of its board to nine.

Hatamiya’s presently serves as a director of LECG, a global expert services firm that provides independent expert testimony and strategic advisory services.

Steven Kessner is the chairman of the board and president of the R.E. Group, a real estate company that owns, builds and manages multi-family and commercial buildings in Manhattan.

National Recycling Coalition elects director

Columbus, OH— Members of the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) have elected RetroBox CEO, Stampp Corbin, to the NRC board of directors.

NRC is a nationwide coalition of recycling professionals with a 15-member board of directors. NRC members elect a third of the board’s directors each year. This year, nine members including Corbin, ran for six open seats. Each director serves a three-year term.

Corbin’s board responsibilities will include ensuring financial stability and overall direction for the NRC. He will also help the NRC raise visibility of the mounting eWaste problem and to develop national recycling solutions.

 


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