NOVEMBER 2009

 

  BUSINESS/ORGANIZATIONAL BRIEFS

Smurfit-Stone names new VP and general manager

Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation announced that Tom Gibson has been named vice president and general manager of its sheet feeder region, which includes the company’s Milwaukee IPC and two Illinois sheet feeder plants.

A 25 year industry veteran, Gibson has served in a variety of positions, including area general manager of Smurfit-Stone’s Springfield, Missouri, container plants. He most recently served as business unit sales manager for the company’s sheet feeder region.

Hallco Industries names new president, manager

Hallco Industries Inc., Tillamook, Oregon, the originator of the LIVE FLOOR™ conveyor system, has named Russ Halvorsen president and general manager. Halvorsen has 15 years in the conveyor industry and over 10 years in the trailer industry.

Waste Pro combines two regional operations

Waste Pro’s regional vice president, Tim Dolan, announced that Waste Pro has acquired the former American LaFrance manufacturing facility located in Sanford, Florida.

The 77,000 sq. ft. facility is located on over 9 acres and will bring over 100 jobs with an estimated annual impact of more than $3 million for Seminole County.

This location will be used as Waste Pro’s central Florida regional headquarters, housing the truck fleet, maintenance and administrative operations. Waste Pro will be servicing its municipal service contracts with Seminole County, and the cities of Casselberry, Sanford, Longwood, Winter Springs and Deltona, as well as 1,600 individual commercial accounts from this facility.

Winkle Industries expands Midwest sales network

The firm of J. Clark & Associates (JCA) will now represent the material handling products and services of Winkle Industries in the midwest.

Winkle finalized agreements naming JCA as business development agents in Illinois, Indiana, southern Wisconsin and eastern Iowa.

JCA was established in 2007 to specialize in the sale of engineered products for the steel and scrap industry. Based in Griffith, Indiana, JCA will represent Winkle-engineered mill duty products for material handling systems, as well as consulting services and aftermarket parts supply.

The agreement also authorizes Clark to represent LiftTech Industrial Services, an affiliate of Winkle Industries, which provides technical field support, repair services and maintenance management to the steel, scrap and mill related industries.

EQ appoints Mario Romero as VP of operations

The Environmental Quality Company announced that Mario Romero joins the company as vice president of operations.

He will lead EQ’s network of treatment, storage and disposal facilities including Wayne Disposal and Michigan Disposal in Belleville, Michigan, EQ Resource Recovery in Romulus, Michigan and EQ Detroit.

Romero previously worked with WOW Energies Inc., where he was co-founder, president and CEO. He has over twenty-five years of experience in environmental industries, primarily in alternative fuels, renewable energy, recycling, reuse and resource recovery. He previously held executive positions at Energis LLC, Safety-Kleen Corp., Philip Services Corp. and The GNI Group.

Astec acquires Industrial Mechanical & Integration

Astec Industries, Inc. announced the acquisition of Industrial Mechanical & Integration (IMI) located in Walkerton Ontario, Canada.

IMI is a small company with unique machine technology used to make wood pellets. Rick Minke, President of IMI, and other key employees have agreed to remain with the Company to further develop and promote this new technology. IMI has been testing the technology for two years and is now making the first group of production machines.

With this acquisition, Astec Industries can provide a pellet plant that processes material from round wood all the way to the finished product. The acquisition also aids the Company’s effort to grow the renewable fuel portion of the business.

New general manager of All Carolina Crane chosen

The All Family of Companies announced the appointment of Mike Kraguljac as general manager of All Carolina Crane & Equipment of Raleigh, North Carolina. He brings 21 years’ experience in the crane and construction industries, most recently as operations manager for a Manitowoc distributorship where he worked closely with All for most of those years. Previously, he was a mechanic for a construction firm, where he gained valuable knowledge on the equipment maintenance side.

Magnum Recycling Canada makes changes

Magnum D’Or Resources, Inc. hired Marc Boulerice as the new production manager of its Magog facility. Boulerice brings twenty years of experience as a director of manufacturing, specializing in fluid injection molding.

The Company also announced that their Canadian division has reached the capability of yielding an additional 30 percent net output from the rubber nuggets produced from all tires processed at the facility.

American Ecology sets CEO succession plan

American Ecology Corporation announced that its board of directors has adopted a CEO Transition Plan as part of its officer succession planning which includes the appointment of president and chief operating officer James R. Baumgardner as chief executive officer effective January 1, 2010. Stephen Romano, who will step down as chief executive officer at the end of his current employment contract on December 31, 2009, will continue to serve as chairman of the board of directors.

Baumgardner, rejoined American Ecology in January 2009 as president and chief operating officer responsible for disposal facility operations, sales and marketing and management of strategic acquisitions. Baumgardner served as the Company’s senior vice president and chief financial officer from 1999 to 2006 and worked closely with Romano on the transformational acquisition of American Ecology’s Grand View, Idaho operation in 2001.

From 2006 to 2008, Baumgardner was senior vice president and chief financial officer with Secor International, Inc., a Redmond, Washington based environmental consulting firm. While at Secor, he played a pivotal role in improving operational and financial management and directed the process leading to the sale of Secor in early 2008.

Prior to joining American Ecology in 1999, Baumgardner held various corporate finance and treasury positions with companies including Wafer Tech and Symbios Logic, Inc, a division of Hyundai Electronics America.

Tube City IMS announces two executive promotions

Tube City IMS, LLC announced that Electa Boyle has been promoted to vice president of financial operations and corporate controller. Boyle has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. A certified public accountant, Boyle joined the company in 2008.

Kirk Peters has been promoted to vice president, treasurer and principal accounting officer. Peters, who joined the company in 2005, has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Peters is a certified public accountant.

Both executives are based at the Company’s corporate headquarters in Glassport, Pennsylvania.

SiCon relocates into new administration building

SiCon GmbH, designers and system suppliers of recycling plants, has moved into its new administrative building at the Hilchenbach (North Rhine-Westphalia) headquarters.

The building offers an ideal working environment for the now 17 employees of the company. The new location also offers customers the opportunity to experience innovative processes such as the polyfloat technology life in action.

TerraCycle expands operations to London

TerraCycle has chosen London as the location to expand into the UK and Europe. Think London, a foreign direct investment agency for London, worked together with UK Trade and Investment to further strengthen London’s position as a center of excellence for sustainable businesses.

Founded in 2001 by Tom Szaky, TerraCycle focuses on building a new, more responsible way of doing business. On announcing its expansion into the UK, TerraCycle will also reveal details of its first commercial partnership, with Kraft Foods UK which will see Kenco and Tassimo coffee packaging diverted away from landfill.

Waste Services announces two recent acquisitions

Waste Services, Inc. announced that it has completed an acquisition of the operations and related assets of Republic Services, Inc. in Miami-Dade County, Florida. In a separate transaction, Waste Services, Inc. acquired the Miami-Dade operations of DisposAll, Inc.

The combined purchase price of the two acquisitions is $48 million. Certain assets, including operating facilities, will become redundant and be sold to reduce the investment. The acquisitions are expected to add approximately $28 million in annual revenue and $12.5 million in EBITDA after synergies are realized.

Metso enters recycling equipment business

Metso and M&J Industries A/S, a company controlled by Dansk Kapitalanlaeg, have signed a sale and purchase agreement according to which Metso will acquire 100 percent of the shares of M&J Industries A/S, a Danish company. The value of the transaction is approximately $24 million.

This acquisition strengthens Metso’s position as a supplier of recycling equipment and services. M&J Industries offers a broad range of mobile and stationary products for solid-waste crushing.

M&J Industries is located in Horsens, Denmark and has approximately 100 employees. Its forecasted net sales in 2009 are approximately $40 million.

Doosan Infracore announces new dealer

Doosan Infracore Portable Power has named Arizona Generator Technology (Gen-Tech) an authorized dealer of its Ingersoll Rand branded line of generators, light construction equipment and lighting systems.

Gen-Tech is a full-service company specializing in power generation systems. The Company has been in business since June 1990 and services Arizona and southern Nevada.

Gen-Tech offers systems from 8 kilowatts to 2000 kilowatts and adds to its fleet the 10 models of generators from Doosan Infracore Portable Power ranging from 25 kVA to 570 kVA.

Bohan and Brown join Waste2Energy Holdings

Waste2Energy Holdings, Inc. has appointed Peter Bohan to the post of chief executive officer in addition to his existing position as president. The Company has also appointed Craig Brown as chief financial officer.

Bohan succeeds Christopher d’Arnaud-Taylor who will remain on the board of directors and provide strategic consulting services to Waste2Energy.

Prior to joining Waste2Energy, Bohan was a strategic advisor to emerging technology and manufacturing companies. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and an MBA from Cranfield Institute of Technology in the United Kingdom.

Craig Brown has more than twenty years’ experience in accounting and finance. Prior to joining Waste2Energy, Brown was chief financial officer of Glades Pharmaceuticals, a $25 million specialty pharmaceutical company.

Ditch Witch of Houston joins RAYCO network

RAYCO Manufacturing Inc. announced the addition of Ditch Witch of Houston (DWH) to their worldwide network of dealers.

DWH has over 40 years of experience meeting the construction needs of the greater Houston area. With a dedicated sales staff, six full-time service technicians, two field-service trucks and bilingual employees, DWH offers its customers the best support and service.