Dave Botelho, who has worked for ACS Group
as automation technician and technical sales
manager, has been named technical sales manager
for Cumberland Recycling Systems, a division
of Cumberland Engineering that will focus
on recycling products and services in all
Botelho’s goal is to “establish a customer
base for the Cumberland Recycling Group,”
as well as assist in creating marketing and
educational tools for the newly created recycling
Botelho started as a systems production technician
in 1995 and has worked his way up as production
team leader, engineering, service and his
current position in technical sales bringing
a total of 13 years experience in the automated
plastics manufacturing industry.
Cumberland hires director of human resources
James C. Healy III was welcomed into the Cumberland
Engineering company and will work out of their
South Attleboro, Massachusetts office.
With over 15 years of experience, Healy has
worked in various facilities that have manufactured
electronics, construction tools, picture frames
and photo albums.
Enerkem expands management team
Enerkem Inc., a biofuels technology company,
announced the appointment of two new vice
presidents to its executive team: Denis Arguin,
vice president, engineering and implementation
and. Marie-Helene Labrie, vice president,
government affairs and communications.
Arguin has extensive expertise in petrochemicals
and process engineering, as well as in implementing
plants internationally. Before joining Enerkem,
Arguin was director of process technology
at Minerals Technologies Inc. (MTI) in Pennsylvania.
Prior to that, he worked from Brussels as
director of European operations in a division
of MTI to develop their international business
activities. He also held the position of regional
manager for the Northeast Canada and United
States region at Mintech Canada Inc. and worked
for Montreal-based petrochemical companies,
such as Kemtec, Union Carbide, and Gulf Oil
Marie-Helene Labrie began her career working
for the government of Canada. She occupied
roles in the Department of National Defense,
Industry Canada, and Privy Council Office.
She has also held the position of director
of marketing and strategic planning for CAE.
In this position, she was responsible for
marketing communications, strategic planning,
market analyses, and competitive intelligence.
Prior to joining Enerkem, she worked as a
strategy and marketing consultant for Enerkem
and other companies.
Emerald Waste acquires transfer station from
Emerald Waste Services, LLC (EWS) announced
the acquisition of Waste Management Inc. of
Florida’s (WM) municipal solid waste collection
routes in and around Gainesville, Volusia
County and Tallahassee, Florida.
The transaction also includes the purchase
of a transfer station in Gainesville. This
transaction will diversifies EWS’s revenue
base and expands its service territory, which
now runs from Pascagoula, Mississippi to Daytona
In the transaction with WM, EWS acquired 77
residential collection routes across 16 municipalities
in North and Central Florida, as well as 17
commercial routes in the territory. Along
with its existing collection contracts, EWS
now services more than 118,000 residential
customers and 27,000 commercial customers,
generating approximately 70 percent of its
revenues from collection routes.
Waste Pro acquires American Recycling
Waste Pro USA, Inc, headquartered in Longwood,
Florida, completed the acquisition of American
Recycling of Georgia (ARGA) and American Recycling
of Alabama from American Recycling Group,
Most of the management team at ARGA will remain
with the newly formed company. Specifically,
Adam Glasgow will become the president of
ARGA/Waste Pro recycling companies in Georgia
and Alabama. He will also have a front line
presence in any new projects that develop
in new major markets. Bucky Fowler will also
remain with the company in a key role with
more responsibilities over operations. American
Recycling Group founder, Jack Lupas will step
away from the new company to pursue endeavors
with other American Recycling Group Companies
(American Recycling of South Carolina, and
American Fiber Services), which were not part
of the acquisition.
The vision is to combine Waste Pro’s available
capital resources and hauling expertise with
ARGA’s recycling program design and processing
expertise. This combination will give Waste
Pro the ability to attack the waste stream
from source to end consumer with the best
capabilities in the industry. The result will
be more fiber for major post-consumer purchasers,
such as Kimberly-Clark.
GM executive joins Bio-Reaction board
Bio-Reaction Industries announced the addition
of General Motors (GM) executive, David Skiven,
as the newest member on their board of directors.
After serving 42 years in various capacities
with General Motors Corporation, Skiven understands
the needs of the automotive OEM, Tier I and
Tier II suppliers.
Clean Energy Fuels acquires landfill gas plant
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has acquired Dallas
Clean Energy LLC (DCE) for approximately $19.1
million in cash from Camco International Ltd,
a Jersey-based company focused on developing
projects and strategies to reduce carbon emissions.
Clean Energy has partnered in acquiring and
operating the project with Cambrian Energy,
a landfill gas project development and management
company, which owns 30 percent of DCE.
Dallas Clean Energy owns the McCommas Bluff
landfill gas processing plant, the third largest
landfill gas operation in the United States.
The landfill, owned by the City of Dallas,
opened in 1975 and is scheduled to close in
2042. It is estimated that pipeline quality
methane gas will continue to be produced for
approximately 30 years after the landfill
Clean Energy entered into a $30 million credit
facility with PlainsCapital Bank in Dallas,
Texas in order to finance the acquisition
and anticipated future capital improvements
at the landfill.
Atmos Energy Pipeline Company distributes
the gas collected from the landfill facility.
Heil Environmental names new general manager
Heil Environmental has hired Bill Healy as
general manager of Parts Central, the refuse
collection vehicle manufacturer’s parts business.
Healy has over 20 years of experience in the
aftermarket parts business.
Immediately prior to joining Heil, Healy spent
10 years with automotive parts retailer AutoZone.
He most recently served as regional manager
with full profit and loss responsibility for
91 stores in the St. Louis area. Before joining
AutoZone, Healy devoted more than 12 years
to NAPA. Over the course of his career to
date, Healy has held the positions of sales
manager, district manager, commercial sales
manager, warehouse manager, operations manager,
training manager, and others. This wide-ranging
experience has provided him with a thorough
understanding of all aspects of the vehicle
parts business that will be invaluable in
his new role.
ARCA to open factory outlet in Atlanta suburbs
Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc.
announced that it will open a 33,000 sq.ft.
ApplianceSmart Factory Outlet in Marietta,
Georgia, in November 2008 to serve the northwest
suburbs of the Atlanta metropolitan area.
Located at 1355 Roswell Road, N.E., the outlet
is part of the Town & Country Shopping
Center. The new factory outlet will be ApplianceSmart’s
fifth location in the Atlanta market and eighteenth
outlet nationally. The four other Atlanta
outlets are located in Norcross, Smyrna, Lithia
Springs and Stockbridge.
Matt Wroblewski leads Winkle Team in South
Joseph T. Schatz, president and CEO of Winkle
Industries Inc., recently announced that Matt
Wroblewski has joined the Winkle team as a
regional sales manager for the southern United
Wroblewski brings 22 years of experience in
the production of industrial electro-lifting
magnets to his new position. The last four
years, Matt served as a field service manager,
working with scrap metal operators and steel
mills. Based in Mobile, Alabama, Wroblewski
will be working closely with G.T. Higginbotham
Co., Inc., a provider of aftermarket services
to power transmission and mill equipment to
southern industry, and now a provider of a
wide range of above-the-hook and below-the-hook
crane capabilities as the authorized agents
for Winkle Industries in the states of Mississippi,
Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.
Smurfit-Stone names Tignor general manager
Larry Tignor has joined Smurfit-Stone Container
Corporation as general manager of the company’s
Calpine Corrugated box plant in Fresno, California.
Tignor will oversee the Calpine container
operations, of which Smurfit-Stone acquired
a 90 percent controlling interest.
The Calpine plant primarily serves the California
agriculture market, and utilizes the most
state-of-the-art equipment and technology
in the industry.
Tignor brings more than 40 years of industry
experience, including positions in the areas
of scheduling, customer service, sales and
management for Container Corp. of America,
Temple Inland and MacMillan Bloedel. He most
recently served as zone manager for Weyerhaeuser
Company in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.
Republic Services receives bank backing for
Republic Services, Inc. announced that Bank
of America Securities LLC and J.P. Morgan
Securities, Inc. have arranged a syndicate
of lenders committed in writing to the entire
amount of Republic’s proposed new $1.75 billion
senior unsecured revolving credit facility.
The commitments are not subject to due diligence,
and the total amount of commitments received
is in excess of the proposed $1.75 billion.
The new credit facility, together with Republic’s
existing $1 billion senior unsecured revolving
credit facility, will provide Republic with
all of the financing expected to be needed
to consummate its proposed merger with Allied
Waste Industries, Inc., as well as with working
Republic expects to enter into the new credit
facility, and to enter into certain conforming
amendments to its existing credit facility,
in September 2008. The initial funding under
the new credit facility is expected to occur
upon closing of the proposed merger. Republic
expects its merger with Allied Waste to close
in the fourth quarter of 2008.
Casella Waste reports improved earnings
Casella Waste Systems, Inc., a solid waste,
recycling and resource management services
company, reported financial results for the
first quarter of its 2009 fiscal year.
“The first quarter was a solid operational
quarter, with our efforts to improve asset
performance offsetting the negative headwinds
from a sluggish Northeast economy and rapid
increase in diesel fuel prices,” John W. Casella,
chairman and CEO of Casella Waste Systems,
For the quarter ended July 31, 2008, the company
reported revenues of $157.9 million, up $9.4
million, or 6.3 percent over the same quarter
last year. The company’s net income available
to common shareholders was $2.2 million or
$0.08 per common share compared with net income
of $1.7 million or $0.07 per common share
in the same quarter last year.
Operating income for the quarter was $15.6
million, up $1.7 million or 12.3 percent over
the same quarter last year. Net cash provided
by operating activities in the quarter was
$19.8 million, compared to $20.2 million in
the same quarter last year. The company’s
earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation
and amortization (EBITDA) were $35 million,
up $1.3 million or 3.8 percent over the same
quarter last year.
As part of the new extension agreement with
the Town of Southbridge, in June 2008, the
company received $2.2 million of cash related
to previously paid closure and post closure
funds resulting in a net benefit of $0.8 million
to EBITDA during the quarter.
Tube City IMS acquires Hanson Resources
Tube City IMS Corporation announced it has
completed the acquisition of Hanson Resource
Management Limited and its subsidiary Hanson
Support Services Limited.
Hanson, headquartered in Scunthorpe, England,
operates throughout the UK. Since its founding
in the early 1960s, Hanson has grown to its
present status as a partner to a diverse industrial
client base with a focus on providing a broad
range of services to steelmakers. Hanson employs
more than 600 in their workforce.
RBRC names new chief executive officer
The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation
(RBRC), a nonprofit, public service organization
dedicated to recycling used rechargeable batteries,
announced the appointment of Carl E. Smith
to chief executive officer, effective September
As CEO of RBRC, Smith will oversee the organization’s
strategic partnerships and will be responsible
for the management of the national public
education campaign and Call2Recycle™ program.
Vermeer signs agreement with Gyro-Trac
Vermeer Corporation, a manufacturer of tree
care, wood-waste processing and composting
equipment, has entered into a distribution
agreement with Gyro-Trac Manufacturing, located
in Summerville, South Carolina, to distribute
their line of mulching machines.
Gyro-Trac, founded in 1995, is a manufacturer
of mulching machines that are used in all
types of land-clearing, vegetation and forestry
The Vermeer network of independent dealers
will have the option of adding the Gyro-Trac
product line to their overall mix of products.
Peterson appoints new VP of sales and marketing
Peterson Pacific Corp., an Oregon-based manufacturer
of forestry, recycling and landscaping machines
has hired Michael Kvach as vice president
of sales and marketing.
Kvach has extensive experience with industry
associations, contractors and OEM equipment
sales. Most recently he held the position
of executive vice president of the Asphalt
Paving Association of Iowa. Prior to leading
this association, he was the national sales
manager of Cedarapids hot mix paving product
line. He will be based in Eugene, Oregon.
Nucor announces addition to the board of directors
Nucor Corporation announced that Christopher
J. Kearney has been elected to the board of
directors effective October 1, 2008. Kearney
currently serves as the chairman, president
and chief executive officer of SPX Corporation.
SPX Corporation employs 17,000 people worldwide
in over 35 countries and had revenues of $4.8
billion in 2007.
Kearney holds an undergraduate degree from
the University of Notre Dame and a law degree
from DePaul University Law School. He joins
the Nucor board with twenty years of industry
experience. Kearney joined SPX in 1997 as
vice president, secretary and general counsel
and an officer of the company. He was named
president, chief executive officer and a director
of SPX in 2004. He added the title of chairman
Peter Burke joins Smurfit-Stone as vice president
Peter Burke has joined Smurfit-Stone as vice
president of global logistics.
Burke will focus on optimizing costs, meeting
customer requirements and bringing a total
enterprise approach to the transportation
function across all Smurfit-Stone businesses.
Burke is based in Smurfit-Stone’s Chicago
Burke most recently served as vice president
of supply chain for Butterball where he is
credited with achieving a 13 percent reduction
in logistics expenses.
C3RS to invest in tire recycling facility in
Tire recycler, C3RS, will invest $4 million
to open a facility to process waste tires
into crumb rubber. Plans call for C3RS to
build in a 50-acre expansion of the Industrial
Development Authority Air Park in Louisa County,
The county anticipates the business to get
started in the spring of 2009, said Bob Gibson,
director of Louisa County Economic Development.
Governor Kaine approved a $65,000 grant from
the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to provide
Nucor acquires Ambassador Steel
Nucor Corporation announced that its wholly-owned
subsidiary, Harris Steel, Inc., has completed
the acquisition of the stock of Ambassador
Steel Corporation, based in Indiana, for a
cash purchase price of approximately $185
The transaction includes the shares of Ambassador’s
affiliate, Delta Erecting. At closing, Harris
Steel also repaid Ambassador’s bank debt of
approximately $136 million, which primarily
financed the company’s working capital requirements.
Ambassador’s working capital, excluding this
debt, was approximately $165 million at the
end of July.
Ambassador is a fabricator and distributor
of concrete reinforcing steel and related
CMC completes acquisition
Commercial Metals Company, headquartered in
Texas, has completed the acquisition of substantially
all the operating assets of Reinforcing Post-Tensioning
Services, Inc. (RPS), Regional Steel Corporation,
and RPS Cable Corporation, based in Claremont,
RPS is a fabricator and installer of concrete
reinforcing steel, post-tensioning cable and
related products for commercial and public
construction projects with facilities in Fontana
and Tracy, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada,
with an annual capacity of approximately 150,000
tons. The acquired assets will operate as
CMC Regional Steel and CMC Cable under the
CMC Americas Fabrication and Distribution