OCTOBER 2011
                                        

  BUSINESS/ORGANIZATIONAL BRIEFS

Nucor to pay 154th consecutive cash dividend

The board of directors of Nucor Corporation declared the regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.3625 per share on Nucor’s common stock.

This cash dividend is payable on November 11, 2011 to stockholders of record on September 30, 2011, and is Nucor’s 154th consecutive quarterly cash dividend.

Richard Kent named buyer for Upstate Shredding

Scrap industry veteran Richard Kent has been hired as senior buyer of Scrap for Upstate Shredding – Ben Weitsman & Son. In addition to buying scrap metal, Kent will also broker scrap for the export market.

Kent joins a team of people who buy scrap metal for Upstate Shredding. Kent began working as the general manager for R. Freedman and Son of Green Island, New York. His career next took him to Rensselaer Iron & Steel, where he served as buyer. He then left to found his own company, Albany Metal Recycling. He will be based in Albany.

Waste Connections to acquire Alaska Waste

Waste Connections, Inc. has entered into agreements to acquire the operations of Alaska Pacific Environmental Services Anchorage, LLC and Alaska Green Waste Solutions, LLC. Closing is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2012.

Shoemaker named as Morbark’s new president

Morbark, Inc. announced the appointment of James W. Shoemaker Jr. as president. Shoemaker replaces Lon Morey who will remain as the chairman of Morbark’s board of directors.

Prior to his appointment as president, Shoemaker served as Morbark’s vice president of operations and board member. He joined Morbark in 2003 as the manager of operations and has held numerous positions in the company. Prior to joining Morbark, Shoemaker spent 25 years with the Jervis B. Webb Co. managing operations, accounting and supply chain.

Young joins Vecoplan’s engineering department

Vecoplan LLC has added Kevin Young to their engineering department. Young graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in May of 2011 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. While at A&T, Young was the team captain and project manager of Aggie Racing’s Baja SAE entry.

After a three-month apprenticeship with Vecoplan he has been appointed to the position of product engineer. Young’s position includes coordinating the design and development of turnkey shredding systems for the recycling sector. In order to ensure continuous quality control, he will also oversee the manufacture and implementation of his projects once the engineering phase has been completed.

Eriez plans expansions in various countries

Eriez will expand its operations in the United States, Canada, China and India to address the growing global demand for Eriez products.

In the United States, Eriez has purchased a 114,000 sq. ft. building that is approximately 15 miles from its Asbury Road World Headquarters facility in Erie, Pennsylvania. The new building will house the company’s 5-Star Service™ Center and handle manufacturing of Eriez’ equipment.

Eriez plans to finish some renovations to the space and move operations in by the end of 2011.

Eriez Minerals Flotation Group, headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, will be moving from its current location to a larger building nearby. Construction of the new building in Vancouver is currently underway.

Eriez-China will add another manufacturing operation in Tianjin to supplement their current Qinhuangdao plant.

Eriez-India is moving to a new factory facility located near Ambattur industrial estate in Chennai.

Atlas Copco opens Florida store for Dynapac line

Atlas Copco has opened the doors on its thirteenth store in Pompano Beach, Florida. The store was opened to support the large customer base already in southern Florida, especially for the Dynapac line.

Magnet Applications adds general manager

Magnet Applications, a subsidiary of Bunting Magnetics Company, has added Pete Lipetzky, PhD as the new general manager for their DuBois, Pennsylvania facility. Lipetzky will oversee the total manufacturing and sales operations for the DuBois plant and will report to Robert J. Bunting, the owner and chief executive officer for Bunting.

Dr. Lipetzky has a deep background within the industrial and educational sectors for metallurgy and other material science-based applications. He holds academic degrees which include a PhD in materials science and engineering-applied physics from Brown University. He also holds Master of Science degrees in both mechanical engineering and applied mathematics, also from Brown University. He also holds a master of business administration degree from the Katz Business Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Previously, Dr. Lipetzky served as a Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, Rensselear Polytechnic Institute and the Technical University of Vienna. Prior to joining Magnet Applications, he served as the director of technology and interim general manager for ATI Powder Metals.

Automotive Lift Institute chooses new engineer

Dale W. Soos has joined the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) as a senior project engineer in the company’s Cortland, New York headquarters.

In his position, Soos will be responsible for completing the development of the Lift Inspector Certification Program and assuring its successful implementation.

Soos holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Buffalo State College, is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and has been active in the field of commercial, industrial, and consumer product safety for more than 20 years.

Prior to joining ALI, key product safety positions held within Intertek Testing Services included the role of lead engineer for ALI’s Lift Safety Certification Program, ETL’s commercial garage equipment listing service, and paint spray booths. Most recently he served as staff engineer for large wind turbine generator evaluations, approvals, and certification.

Peña’s Disposal hits new record in C&D recycling

When Peña’s Disposal was awarded the contract to handle construction and demolition recycling for Tulare County, California, the recycling rate was 56 percent. In the first 3 months of the new contract under Peña’s, the rate jumped to 82 percent.

The significant increase in recycling is a reflection of Peña’s Disposal’s aggressive approach to recycling, explained Anne Magaña, administrator of the Consolidated Waste Management Authority (CWMA).

CWMA is the agency responsible for providing required recycling reports to CalRecycle. This kind of improvement in recycling is noticed in Sacramento and “really helps us get closer to the state’s overall rate for diverting waste from the waste stream and into recycling,” Magaña explained.

Peña’s Disposal was able to add 20 jobs for Tulare County residents, according to company vice-president Art Peña.

Henriksen named CEO and president of TOMRA

Tomra of North America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Tomra Systems ASA and provider of advanced recycling solutions, has appointed Harald Henriksen as the new president and CEO of Tomra of North America. Henriksen, who joined Tomra ASA in 2004, previously served as senior vice president of technology based in Norway.

In his previous role as global senior vice president of technology, Henriksen was responsible for the company’s research and development, operations, production and project management. Together with the CEO, he also led the collection technology business unit. In another key role, he established and ran Tomra’s sales, sourcing and production in China.

Prior to joining Tomra, Henriksen served as a vice president BU Tactical Radio at Kongsberg Defence Communications; as a vice president product management and vice president for research and development at Kongsberg Ericsson Communications; and as a project manager and department manager at NFT-Ericsson. Earlier in his career, he worked in engineering roles at Elektrisk Bureau, Norsk Data and NDRE.

IESI LA acquires the Recycling Foundation Inc.

IESI LA Corporation, a subsidiary of Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd., has acquired The Recycling Foundation Inc., located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Lafayette, Louisiana.

The Recycling Foundation was founded in the early 1990s by the Cheatham family and the facility in Baton Rouge was the first Material Recovery Facility in the state of Louisiana.

The Recycling Foundation serves more than 500 businesses and holds curbside recycling contracts for East Baton Rouge Parish, Lafayette, Zachary, Youngsville, and Carencro. It processes approximately 5,000 tons of recyclables per month.

The material recovery facility located in Baton Rouge is a single stream facility with approximately 35,000 square feet. Because it employs a single-stream process, customers can combine paper, metals, cardboard and plastics in one large container.

Redfern joins management team at Atlas Copco

Andrew Redfern has been appointed to the position of capital equipment manager at Atlas Copco Construction Mining Technique USA LLC, based in Commerce City, Colorado, effective immediately.

In his new role, Redfern will report directly to Torbjorn Redaelli, president and general manager of Atlas Copco. He began his employment with Atlas in 2005.