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November 2007


New York offers compost workshop

The New York State Association of Reduction, Reuse and Recycling and NYS Organics Recycling and Compost Council, in association with the Cornell Waste Management Institute (CWMI), is offering a one and a half day compost training workshop on November 14 and 15 in Cooperstown, New York.

The training will include compost uses and markets, principles and methods of composting, odor control, compost sampling and evaluation and an opportunity to pick the brains of composting experts. For more details, visit the NYSAR3 website at

Sims Group to merge with Metal Management

Sims Group Limited and Metal Management Inc. entered into an agreement to merge. The combined group will create the largest North American metal recycling business.

Jeremy Sutcliffe, Sims’ current group CEO will continue to serve as an executive director reporting to the new board until at least October, 2009.

Daniel Dienst, Metal Management’s current chairman, president and CEO, will become Sims Metal Management’s group CEO.

Both parties expect the transaction to be completed in the first quarter of 2008.

Greenstar partners with Mid America Recycling

Greenstar North America announced the completion of its acquisition of Mid America Recycling Company.

Greenstar acquired Mid America from Bolder Capital, who had acquired Mid America in 2004.

The partnership with Mid America will transform Greenstar into one of the largest private processors of recyclables in North America and complements its existing strategy of providing innovative and sustainable recycling solutions that help customers increase the volume of waste diverted from landfill disposal.

Greenstar’s growth is expected to continue to be based on a partnership approach with established leaders in the recycle sector such as Mid America. The partnership with Mid America establishes a strong platform for growth in the central United States region for Greenstar with a leadership position in several of the fastest growing municipalities in the country and three of America’s largest cities (Houston, Dallas-Ft. Worth, San Antonio). Brian Meng, president and CEO of Mid America, will continue on as president of Greenstar’s Mid America operations.

Parts Place appoints national sales manager

Parts Place, Inc., a division of Wastequip, Inc., announced the appointment of Steve Campbell as national sales manager.

In his new position, Campbell’s duties will include national account responsibilities along with recruiting and directing sales representatives. He brings over 10 years of experience in sales management and national account sales to Parts Place. Campbell is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College where he attended on football and baseball scholarships.

Parts Place operates facilities in Piedmont, South Carolina; White Plains, Maryland; and Dallas, Texas.

Northeast Data to merge with Doc Shredding

Northeast Data Destruction general manager, Randy Miller and Brian Johnson, president of Doc Shredding located in Stoughton, Massachusetts announced a merger of their two companies.

The merger will create a new entity, Northeast Data Destruction, LLC, that will become a full service provider of secure document and media destruction. The new company will offer on site shredding, utilizing mobile vehicles, and off site shredding at their secure shredding facility.

Upstate Shredding breaks ground on new system

Upstate Shredding, LLC will install a water management and treatment system at their shredding facility in Owego, New York.

The system, designed and constructed by Peak Environmental LLC, will prevent the contamination of storm water and pre-treat process water. This is New York State’s first such “green” treatment system implemented at a shredding facility.

Working closely with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Upstate Shredding and Peak Environmental have developed a comprehensive treatment system that will contain, pretreat and dispose of all process and storm water.

Blast-n-Clean appoints new managers

Blast-N-Clean LLC has announced the appointment of Geoff Dix as environmental field engineer.

Prior to joining Blast-N-Clean, Dix served as a supervisor of six construction routes for Construction Waste Haulers, LLC as well as assist the company in acquiring quality refuse equipment.

Blast-N-Clean also announced the appointment of Mark Gregorek as the regional sales manager for the western United States.

Prior to joining Blast-N-Clean, Gregorek was the co-founder of Refuse Equipment Xperts, LLC and was also an area manager for Otto Environmental Systems, Inc.

Southern Environmental Law Center opens office

The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), an environmental advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the South’s environment, announced the opening of its Washington, D.C. office headed by newly-appointed legislative director, Nat Mund.

SELC’s D.C. office will focus on shaping and enacting national law and policies that directly impact health and the environment in the South and strengthening relationships with members of Congress to enact legislation that protects threatened, special places in the South.

Mund will educate lawmakers on the importance of protecting the special places and threatened natural resources unique to Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Before joining SELC, Mund’s focus at the League of Conservation Voters included work on energy legislation, clean air, clean water and toxins.

Sanford to head new Hendrickson organization

Doug Sanford assumed duties as vice president and general manager of the newly formed organization that oversees the former Hendrickson Truck Suspension Systems and Hendrickson Spring.

Consolidating former truck and spring divisions expands opportunities for integrated suspension and spring designs for global truck platforms and improves coordination of engineering and marketing functions. The action also improves coordination for human resources, finance and purchasing.

An eight-year veteran of Hendrickson, Sanford served as vice president and general manager of the former Hendrickson Spring. He previously held posts of general manager of Hendrickson Bumper and Trim and director of marketing and program management in Hendrickson Truck Suspension System.

Prior to joining Hendrickson, Sanford worked in the automotive industry for UGN, Inc., where he held various sales and management positions.

Commercial Metals acquires Economy Steel

Commercial Metals Company (CMC), headquartered in Irving, Texas, has completed the acquisition of substantially all the operating assets of Economy Steel, Inc. of Las Vegas, Nevada. The acquired assets will operate under the new name of CMC Economy Steel and as part of CMC Americas’ fabrication and distribution segment.

Established in 1980, CMC Economy Steel is a rebar fabricator, placer, construction-related products supplier and steel service center. Karl Gamertsfelder, area manager - desert states, will assume the role of general manager and Chuck Darnell, former owner, will serve as operations manager for the facility.

Gene Parker returns to Autocar on sales team

Autocar announced that Gene Parker, a previous member of the Autocar management team, has rejoined the company as director of vocational products sales and marketing. He returns to Autocar from American LaFrance, where he was national sales manager for the Condor product.

Gene’s industry experience began in 1979 at Eaton Corporation, where he worked for 15 years. In addition, he has spent eight years with Volvo Trucks of North America, where he was regional vice president and national sales manager.