NOVEMBER 2010
                                        

  BUSINESS/ORGANIZATIONAL BRIEFS

US Shredder adds two new staff members

The US Shredder and Castings Group announced the addition of two staff members to the company recently.

Will Rushing joined the company as business and systems manager. He will be located in the company’s Trussville, Alabama office. Rushing will be supporting inside and field sales managers as well as implementing a new parts and logistics system recently installed by the company. Prior to joining the company, Rushing served as a business analyst for Cellular South in Jackson Mississippi.

Kristi Quick also joined the company and will serve as controller. She will be located in the company’s Mackinaw, Illinois office. Prior to joining US Shredder, Quick served as a controller for a construction firm in central Illinois.

Trekker Tractor signs with Chicago Pneumatic

Trekker Tractor, a Case dealership in Florida, is the latest dealer to carry Chicago Pneumatic compressors, generators, hydraulic attachments and handheld breakers and hammers.

Sam Silva, vice president of finance for Trekker Tractor, said the company plans to open an Orlando branch by the end of 2010, and Jacksonville and Tallahassee branches in the future. They will have both heavy and light equipment at the locations, tailored to meet local needs.

Veolia acquires assets from Republic Services

Veolia ES Solid Waste, Inc. has acquired certain assets in southeastern Wisconsin from Republic Services, Inc. Overall, the acquisition provides a new market area for Veolia and fortifies the company’s existing operations.

The assets acquired by Veolia include the Mallard Ridge Landfill in Delavan, Wisconsin, a hauling operation based in Racine; and a transfer station, a single-stream material recycling facility, and a collection operation located in Waunakee. While contiguous to Veolia’s existing operations, the Waunakee assets service the Madison area, which is a new market for Veolia. In addition, collected waste will be internalized at various Veolia owned landfills.

Flip Screen USA appoints Peter Bigwood as president

Flip Screen Australia Pty Ltd. has appointed Peter Bigwood as president of its United States headquarters, Flip Screen USA. In his new position, Bigwood is responsible for North American sales operations, which includes identifying new market segments and applications, building a sales team, and developing new relationships with dealers and distributors.

Bigwood has more than 25 years of experience in the industry. Prior to joining Flip Screen, he worked at Atlas Copco Construction Tools, LLC where he served as president for 16 years.

Stericycle, Inc. to acquire Healthcare Waste Solutions

Stericycle, Inc. announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire Healthcare Waste Solutions, Inc.

On September 24, 2010, Stericycle, Inc. and SAMW Acquisition Corp., entered into a merger agreement with Healthcare Waste Solutions, Inc. (HWS).

HWS, a portfolio company of Altaris Capital Partners, LLC, provides a resource management assessment and consulting program for all waste streams to healthcare providers. It uses a customized process to help customers reduce the risk of environmental fines and penalties and helps them to meet their sustainability and cost management goals. HWS also is engaged in the collection, transportation, treatment and disposal of medical waste, universal waste and other regulated wastes, sharps management services, safety and compliance training, and other related businesses.

The total merger consideration is $245,000,000 in cash, subject to various adjustments, including a reduction for HWS’s indebtedness as of the closing date.

Concurrently with the parties’ execution of the merger agreement, HWS stockholders holding a majority of its outstanding shares of common and preferred stock entered into a voting agreement with us to vote their shares in favor of the merger at the special meeting of stockholders that HWS will call to obtain stockholder approval of the merger.

The merger is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory reviews, including clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended.

Accio Energy adds Jennifer Baird as CEO

Accio Energy, Inc. announced that Jennifer Baird, until recently president and CEO of Accuri Cytometers, Inc., is joining the company as chief executive officer.

Baird will work with Accio co-founder, president and chief technology officer Dawn White to drive Accio’s next stage of growth and development. Baird will join White on the company’s board of directors.

From 2005 to 2010, Baird was president and CEO of Accuri Cytometers, a rapidly growing company developing and marketing life science products for research and clinical use. Baird co-founded Accuri and led the company from inception through development and commercialization. She raised over $30 million in venture equity and debt funding and achieved more than $10 million in sales, a global reach and near-profitability in just five years’ time.

Previously, Baird was a key member of the senior management team at Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc., a technology development firm focused on using micro-electromechanical systems for medical and scientific sensing applications. Earlier in her career, as a vice president at Keane Consulting Group, she managed over $10 million in projects and helped the firm quintuple in size to over 150 staff. Baird began her career in commercial banking.

Steven Wintheiser joins Cornerstone Environmental

Cornerstone Environmental Group, LLC indicated that Steven Wintheiser has joined the firm, and will serve as a senior project manager, focusing on landfill construction, closure and infrastructure projects. Based in the Farmington Hills, Michigan office, Wintheiser will assist clients in the Midwest and around the country with construction quality assurance, construction management, and operations and maintenance issues.

Wintheiser has more than 26 years in the environmental engineering and construction field, specializing in landfill geosynthetics and construction projects, including cell construction, capping, and gas system installation. His expertise also extends to construction management and environmental/geotechnical drilling operations. In his most recent position prior to joining Cornerstone, he served as senior director of landfill field services, where he directed all construction quality assurance, construction management, and drilling services for landfill construction sites around the Midwest. Prior to that, he was a senior project manager, leading permitting efforts.

E-Z Pack Manufacturing adds dealer in Florida

E-Z Pack Manufacturing, LLC, a manufacturer of refuse truck bodies and a supplier of OEM parts for waste vehicles, announced that Waste Equipment and Parts, LLC, is its new dealer in Florida.

Located in Tampa, Waste Equipment and Parts is a new company, but with a veteran management team. The president of the company, Dave Lance, has over 30 years of sales and management experience in the waste equipment industry. Most recently, Lance was the municipal marketing manager for RDK Truck Sales.

In addition to E-Z Pack refuse trucks, Waste Equipment and Parts will offer roll-off equipment, street sweepers, grapple equipment, vacuum trucks, plus carts and containers from other manufacturers. The company is a full-service dealership, with sales, service, and parts support for the brands they represent.

Buckhorn names director of sales and marketing

Buckhorn, a North American business specializing in reusable plastic packaging and material handling systems, announced that Rob Tieman has been named director of sales and marketing.

In this new position, Tieman assumes all responsibility for conducting the sales and marketing initiatives of Buckhorn, which is based in Milford, Ohio.

Prior to joining Buckhorn, Tieman gained over 19 years of sales and marketing management experience in industrial manufacturing environments. Most recently, he held the position of vice president, sales and marketing for Gold Medal Products Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he focused on servicing distributors and securing key national accounts.

Also, at Aristech Acrylics LLC Tieman spent 12 years holding various positions, including business director. Tieman’s duties included new product and market development, ongoing service sales and technical support, and negotiating supply contracts.

Trojan Battery appoints Jeff Elder president

Trojan Battery Company, a manufacturer of deep cycle batteries, has appointed Jeff Elder to the position of president.

Elder, a five-year veteran of Trojan, served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer guiding the strategic growth of the organization. Prior to joining Trojan, Elder served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer at Dynamic Cooking Systems. Elder held the position of chief operating officer and chief financial officer at Rand Technology, served as vice president of finance at Avery Dennison and has held management positions at Toshiba America, Emerson Electric and Arthur Anderson. Elder’s expertise in finance, operations and strategic planning spans over 30 years.

In his new position as president, Elder will report directly to Rick Godber and be responsible for the overall strategic management of all operations within Trojan Battery. Rick Godber will continue in his role as chairman and chief executive officer focused on future strategic direction for Trojan Battery Company.

Kirby-Smith to carry Atlas Copco products

Kirby-Smith Machinery, Oklahoma City, is the latest dealer to carry Atlas Copco’s line of compressors, generators and tools for sale and rent.

Kirby-Smith Machinery was established in 1983 and is recognized as one of the premier new and used heavy construction equipment and crane dealers in the country, serving the construction, earth moving, paving, road building, materials handling, compaction, and demolition markets.

Business unit manager of Casella USA appointed

Casella USA announced the appointment of Robert Brauch to the position of business unit manager. He will report directly to Jim James, president and CEO of Ideal Industries, Inc., Casella’s parent company.

In his new role as business unit manager, Brauch is tasked with the strategic planning and direction of the Casella brand throughout North America, while managing the day-to-day operations of the Casella USA office in Amherst, New Hampshire.

Brauch comes to Casella USA from PCB Piezotronics Inc., where he was a member of the executive management team, developing and implementing a strategic plan for corporate growth targets as well as a long-term business unit vision for the company. Prior to that, he served as international sales manager with Metrosonics and as manufacturing manager with MXR Innovations, Inc.

Atlas Copco appoints business line manager

Torbjorn Redaelli, president of Atlas Copco Construction & Mining, announced the appointment of Shawn Cheney as business line manager for Dynapac Road Construction Equipment. Dynapac USA is part of the Atlas Copco Group.

Cheney comes from Volvo (IR) where he held various management positions for the past 13 years working with distributor development as well as company-owned stores. In that capacity he worked extensively with road development products. Cheney has a mechanical engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines, as well as an MBA from Indiana University.