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Equipment Dealer Sentenced
to Prison and Fined
Floyd E. Riley, owner of TransWorld Equipment,
pled guilty to two counts of wire fraud, one count of money laundering
and one count of transporting stolen property. The Federal Court
in St. Louis sentenced him to 21 months in prison and fined $350,000
Riley’s illegal activities were conducted
through a number of his businesses and included non-delivery of
contracted equipment and writing bad checks or stopping payment
on checks used to purchase equipment. Judge Richard Webber warned
Riley that a federal probation officer would watch any future dealings
Allentown Company and Its
President Face Charges
BEF Corp. of Allentown, Pennsylvania and Elward
Brewer of Englewood, Florida, BEF’s founder and president,
were each charged on September 22, in U.S. District Court for the
Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia with allegedly
violating the Clean Water Act by discharging silver-laden and acidic
waste water into sewers operated by the Cities of Bethlehem and
Allentown, Pennsylvania. BEF refurbishes and resells used one-hour
BEF was also charged with violating the International
Emergency Economic Powers Act and with 12 counts of making false
statements to the government.
These charges stem from BEF’s exportation
of goods to Iran, and from BEF’s alleged practice of discounting
the fair market value of its photo labs on Shippers’ Export
Declarations to help its international customers avoid paying import
The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s
Office in Philadelphia.
Weyerhaeuser Reports Increased
Third Quarter Net Earnings Compared to 2003
Federal Way, WA— Weyerhaeuser Company reported
third quarter net earnings of $594 million, or $2.45 per diluted
share, on net sales of $5.8 billion. This compares with $82 million,
or 37 cents per diluted share, on net sales of $5.2 billion for
the third quarter of 2003.
Third quarter 2004 earnings include the following
•A gain of $179 million, or 74 cents per
diluted share, from a sale of timberlands in Georgia.
•A gain of $16 million, or 7 cents per diluted share, from
a tenure reallocation agreement with the British Columbia government.
•A gain of $13 million, or 5 cents per diluted share, due
to the reduction of the reserve for hardboard siding claims.
•A charge of $7 million, or 3 cents per diluted share, related
to the sale or closure of facilities.
American Construction Company
Enters Agreement to Acquire General Steel
Phoenix, AZ— American Construction Company,
a Nevada corporation, entered into an agreement to acquire General
Steel Investment Co., Ltd. ("General Steel"), a British
Virgin Islands limited liability corporation.
American Construction Company acquired General
Steel and its 70% ownership in its subsidiary, Tianjin Da Qiu Zuang
Sheet Metal Co., Ltd., ("DQ") a People's Republic of China
limited liability corporation, in exchange for shares of ACNS's
common stock, of which 22 million shares are a new issuance by ACNS,
and 7.96 million shares are from certain shareholders of ACNS, which
in aggregate, constitute 96% of the total issued and outstanding
shares of ACNS.
U. S. Steel Appoints New
Pittsburgh, PA— United States Steel Corporation
announced that it will centralize its sheet products processing
and delivery operations and has appointed Lisa A. Roudabush as general
manager-processed products to oversee the new organization. In her
new capacity Roudabush will be responsible for all facets of the
operation, including quality control, contract administration and
customer service. The appointment is effective November 1, 2004.
Prior to her appointment Roudabush served as general
manager-research, with responsibility for the company’s applied
research, development and technical support functions at the Research
and Technology Center in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.
Wastewater Disinfection System
Pittsburgh, PA— Calgon Carbon Corporation’s
UV Technologies launched a new ultra-violet light wastewater disinfection
system, called the C(3)150™.
The C(3)150™ is designed to disinfect municipal
wastewater and prevent the spread of waterborne pathogens to lakes,
streams, rivers, and coastal waters. Calgon Carbon designed the
C(3)150™ open channel, parallel flow ultraviolet disinfection
system to meet the demands of treatment plant operators for simple
operation and maintenance. The C(3)150™ can be built to fit
virtually all open channel wastewater streams to treat the flows
of small-to-medium-sized treatment plants.
Caterpillar replaces retiring
VP and CFO
Peoria, IL— Caterpillar Inc. announced that
vice president and chief financial officer F. Lynn McPheeters will
retire February 1, 2005, after a distinguished 40-year Caterpillar
career. To allow a smooth transition and 2005 planning, the Caterpillar
Board elected corporate controller David B. Burritt as a Caterpillar
vice president, effective December 1, 2004. Burritt will succeed
McPheeters as CFO and lead Caterpillar’s Corporate Services
Division. Replacing Burritt as corporate controller will be Bradley
M. Halverson, currently director of Corporate Financial Reporting.
IMCO’s Navarro Resigns
from Board of Directors
Irving, TX— IMCO Recycling Inc. announced
that Don Navarro, a director of IMCO since 1986, has resigned from
the board of directors to pursue other business opportunities.
Commenting on Mr. Navarro’s resignation,
John E. Balkcom, IMCO’s chairman, noted that, “Mr. Navarro’s
contributions during the past 18 years have been invaluable to the
company, particularly his service recently on IMCO’s special
committee formed in 2003 to investigate strategic business opportunities
which led to our announced proposal to merge with Commonwealth Industries,
Federal Environmental Executive
Edwin Piñero was appointed by President
George W. Bush in September 2004 to serve as the Federal Environmental
Executive. Mr. Piñero had served as Deputy FEE since January
2003, and had assumed the role of Acting Federal Environmental Executive
in June 2004.
Previously, Mr. Piñero was owner of Piñero
Consulting, an environmental management consulting firm in Pennsylvania.
He worked for then-Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge as Director of
the Bureau of Environmental Sustainability in the Pennsylvania Department
of Environmental Protection, as well as the State Energy Director.
Over his 22-year career, Mr. Piñero has
worked for various environmental consulting firms, taught graduate
courses in environmental management for Duquesne University, and
was a geologist with Mobil Oil Corporation.
WASTECON 2004 Crowds Exceed
Phoenix, AZ— John H. Skinner, Ph.D., SWANA’s
Executive Director and CEO, announced that attendance numbers for
WASTECON 2004 exceeded expectations amidst an increase in participation
across all events over last year’s conference.
Led by an over 50% increase in training program
participation, WASTECON 2004, held September 21-23 in Phoenix, Arizona,
showed an overall increase in attendance of more than 10%.
Rosario Marin Elected to
California Waste Board
Sacramento, CA— Former U.S. Treasurer Rosario
Marin has been elected to chair the California Integrated Waste
Management Board, the state’s primary solid waste recycling
Ms. Marin will lead the specially funded agency
with an annual budget of approximately $186 million and a staff
of 450 employees.
The board is responsible for helping more than
400 cities and counties improve their solid waste diversion rates
to meet a 50 percent diversion State mandate; promoting and assisting
the development of markets for all recyclable materials and products;
permitting solid waste facilities to ensure safe and healthful operations;
managing California’s annual waste tires; working with school
districts around the state to adopt environmental learning curriculums;
and helping clean up illegal and abandoned dumping sites.
Governor Notes ARCA’s
Expansion in Connecticut
Minneapolis, MN— Appliance Recycling Centers
of America, Inc. announced that ARCA and the Connecticut Energy
Conservation and Load Management Fund, in collaboration with the
conservation load management teams of the Connecticut Light &
Power Company (CL&P) and the United Illuminating Company (UI),
were recognized by M. Jodi Rell, Governor of Connecticut, for the
grand opening of ARCA’s new Connecticut facility. Governor
Rell proclaimed October 14, 2004, as Appliance Recycling Centers
of America’s Connecticut Facility Day.
Earlier this year, CL&P and UI launched a
statewide conservation program through which old, working, energy-inefficient
household appliances are recycled. ARCA collects the appliances
for the utilities and processes them to remove environmentally damaging
materials before the refrigerants and metals are recycled. Nearly
10,000 refrigerators, freezers, room air conditioners and dehumidifiers
in Connecticut have been retired from service through the program
Names Senior VP, Corporate Affairs
Federal Way, WA— Weyerhaeuser Company announced
that Ernesta Ballard has been named senior vice president —
Corporate Affairs effective October 25, 2004.
Ballard will report directly to Steven R. Rogel,
chairman, president and chief executive officer and be a member
of the company’s senior management team. In her new role,
Ballard will lead the functions of corporate communications, corporate
philanthropy, government affairs and environment, health and safety.
Ballard currently serves in the cabinet of the
governor of the State of Alaska as commissioner, Department of Environmental
Conservation, a position she has held since 2002. Prior to joining
the governor’s cabinet, Ballard had a consulting practice
specializing in regulatory strategy with an emphasis on integrated
management systems for protection of the environment, health and
Ballard was appointed in 1997 by President Clinton
to serve on the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service
where she chaired the Audit Committee. From 1983-86, Ballard was
the regional administrator of Region 10 of the U.S. Environmental
Rick Mauck Confirmed as SWANA’s
Silver Spring, MD— Dr. John H. Skinner, executive
director and CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America
(SWANA), announced the election of Richard J. Mauck, director of
streets and automotive services for the city of Santa Clara, California,
as SWANA’s new president.
Working for the City of Santa Clara since 1982,
Mauck has presided over solid waste management and recycling programs
as well as programs for four other public works department divisions. Allocating
an annual $20 million over many different public works programs,
Mauck is responsible for solid waste management and maintaining
the streets, storm drains and an urban runoff pollution prevention
program in Santa Clara.
Mauck has seven years of experience as a consultant,
and is a registered professional civil engineer.
Alcan Adds Ruding as Director
Montreal, Canada— Mr. L. Yves Fortier, chairman
of the board of directors of Alcan Inc., announced the appointment
of Dr. H. Onno Ruding as a director of the Company.
Dr. Ruding is a former minister of finance of the
Netherlands and was an executive director of the International Monetary
Fund in Washington, D.C. and a member of the board of managing directors
of AMRO Bank in Amsterdam. He is the former vice chairman of Citicorp
and Citibank, N.A.
Dr. Ruding serves as a director on the boards of
Corning Inc., Holcim AG and RTL Group and is president of the Centre
for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels. Dr. Ruding is also
a member of the international advisory committees of Robeco Group
and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
CMC Division President Retires
after 24 Years
Dallas, TX— The president of CMC’s
Secondary Metals Processing Division, will retire effective September
30, 2004 after more than 24 years with the Company.
Heinkele, age 72, has enjoyed a long career in
the metals industry. He began his career with CMC in 1980 having
been previously employed by NL Industries. Heinkele was named the
head of the secondary metals processing division shortly after joining
CMC. Heinkele will remain a consultant to CMC following his retirement.
ISRI Membership Grows
Washington, DC— The Institute of Scrap Recycling
Industries has increased its membership. The scrap recycling trade
association reports the 2004 increase is the second consecutive
year in which membership and retention goals have been exceeded.
The association has added 149 member companies
in 2004, said ISRI chairman Joel Denbo. The association’s
membership now includes over 1,225 member companies.
Diakon Molding, Inc.
Goddard, KS— Ameri-Kart, makers of rotational molded plastic
refuse containers and material handling carts has purchased Reidsville,
North Carolina-based Diakon Molding, Inc. a blow-molding operation
that produces carts for residential and commercial waste handling.
No details of the transaction were immediately available.
Diakon employs about 100 people, and also manufactures custom
products for the lawn and garden, automotive and consumer products
Biodiesel Blends Now
Alamosa, CO— Blue Sun Bio-diesel® announced the nation’s
first high-volume commercial biodiesel blending terminal and integrated
biodiesel processing plant. High-performance biodiesel blends will
be available from the terminal beginning November 2004. The production
plant is scheduled for completion in May 2005.
The new Blue Sun Biodiesel processor and terminal increases availability
and reduces the cost of high-performance biodiesel fuel made from
virgin vegetable oil. The new facility will provide ample supplies
of the Blue Sun Biodiesel fuel to the rapidly growing U.S. market.
Gigi Dennis, Colorado state director for USDA Rural Development,
said, “Blue Sun’s processing facility and distribution
terminal are critical-path developments in the ongoing national
effort to increase agricultural income and reduce America’s
dependence on foreign oil.”