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Lee Supply names Santangelo manager

Lee Supply Co., Inc. has named Joe Santangelo as manager of environmental sales.

Santangelo was previously from Keystone Renewable Energy, LLC where he was a project manager on solid waste and landfill gas-to-energy projects. Santangelo’s 24 years of technical experience is a compliment to Lee Supply’s commitment in providing customers environmentally sound and cost effective solutions.

Covanta triggers cash conversion rights

Covanta Holding Corporation declared that holders of its 3.25 percent cash convertible senior notes due 2014 have the right to cash convert the notes during Covanta’s fiscal 2013 fourth quarter as a result of the Company’s stock price having traded at more than 130 percent of the conversion price of the notes for at least 20 trading days during the period of 30 consecutive trading days ending on September 30, 2013.

Terramac names first international distributor

Terramac LLC, a manufacturer of rubber track crawler carriers, has named Buckhurst Plant Hire, Lancashire, United Kingdom, as its first international distributor. Founded in 1993, Buckhurst Plant Hire operates several depots throughout the United Kingdom, with more than 1,600 pieces of equipment.

Gager to retire from presidency of APRA

William Gager will retire from his position as president of the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) on December 31, 2013.

During the past 35 years, Gager has made significant contributions to the success of APRA, principally guiding the evolution of the association and fully aligning the needs of the membership with the association.

Under Gager’s leadership, the staff of APRA has organized major events for its membership including the annual International BIG R Show and Exposition, regional technical clinics, educational seminars, forums and plant tours, as well as implemented popular business management and savings programs such as the Reman ToolBox and BuyReman.com.

Leigh Fibers names Turner chief operating officer

Darrell J. Turner has been appointed chief operating officer of Leigh Fibers, Inc., succeeding Keith Taylor. Taylor, who has been with the company for 37 years, will continue to consult with Leigh Fibers and will transition to its board of directors.

Turner has spent 25 years in the energy, waste and recycled materials industries. He comes to Leigh from Headwaters, Inc., where his positions included vice president and general manager. Before that he was president of Eagle North American, Inc., an environmental services firm.

Clean Harbors acquires Evergreen Oil

Clean Harbors, Inc. has acquired Evergreen Oil, Inc. out of bankruptcy through the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. Evergreen Oil is a California-based environmental services company that is one of the state’s largest collectors of waste oil and runs the only re-refinery in the state. Clean Harbors is funding the $60 million transaction through available cash on its balance sheet.

Vermeer to phase out Vermeer by Wildcat name

Vermeer Corporation will withdraw from production and marketing of the Vermeer by Wildcat brand name. The process will transition the Vermeer by Wildcat brand products including trommel screens and compost turners to Vermeer brand products.

Vermeer acquired initial ownership stake in Wildcat in 2007 and acquired the remaining ownership interest in 2009. As part of the transition, the manufacturing facility known as Wildcat Mfg. Co., Inc. which is located in Freeman, South Dakota, will change its name to Vermeer Freeman Manufacturing, Inc.

Changing the name to Vermeer Freeman Manufacturing, Inc. allows a more accurate representation of the Freeman facility’s capabilities to manufacture products beyond trommel screens and compost turners. The facility also produces horizontal directional drilling fluid mix systems.

Atlas Copco acquires U.S. construction tools company

Atlas Copco has acquired Pneumatic Holdings Inc., a U.S. provider of pneumatic light construction tools.

Pneumatic Holdings, based in Santa Fe Springs, California, provides light pneumatic construction tools including paving breakers, chipping hammers, rivet busters and rock drills. The new legal owner is Atlas Copco Construction Mining Technique USA, LLC.

Pneumatic Holdings’s main customer segments consist of contractors and rental companies within the construction industry. The company becomes part of the construction tools division in Atlas Copco’s construction technique business area.

Glenn A. Eisenberg to resign from Timkin

Glenn A. Eisenberg, executive vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer of Timken Company, plans to leave the company next year when it separates the steel business from its bearings and power transmission business via a spinoff. Philip D. Fracassa and Christopher J. Holding will be named chief financial officers of the two independent publicly traded companies.

Also at the time of the split, Christopher J. Holding is expected to become chief financial officer and Donald L. Walker will become senior vice president of human resources of the new engineered steel company. Until then, Holding continues to lead tax and treasury and Walker retains his same role within Timken.

Advanced Disposal welcomes sales manager

Advanced Disposal welcomed Mark Fandel as area sales manager. Fandel will be responsible for the sales, support and retention of current and future commercial and industrial customers within the city of Chicago and adjacent suburbs.

Before joining Advanced Disposal, Fandel spent a decade with Lifetouch National School Studios where he held various positions including territory manager and regional sales manager. Most recently he oversaw sales and operations for the company’s Chicago territory, where he was recognized for increasing sales and reducing debt. Fandel holds a bachelor’s degree in English from LeMoyne College.

May becomes president of Kolberg-Pioneer

Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. (KPI-JCI) has promoted Jeff May to president.

In his new position, May will focus on leading and managing the activities and functions of KPI-JCI., while helping to direct its strategies in providing growth and profitability for the company and its parent corporation, Astec Industries, Inc. of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

May, who began working as controller for KPI-JCI in 1996, is a 1985 graduate of the University of Iowa, where he also earned his Master of Business Administration degree in 1995. Before his promotion to president, May served as vice president of operations and finance.

Cellana makes key management changes

Cellana, a developer of algae-based feedstocks for biofuels, has appointed Valerie Harmon as Cellana’s senior director of research and development, Xuemei Bai, Ph.D., has been promoted to senior director of research and development and Selena Ellis-Vizcarra has been promoted to senior director of corporate development.

Harmon has over 25 years of experience in industrial-scale and commercial-scale algae production and will assume primary responsibility for the large-scale production of algae biomass in Cellana’s Kona Demonstration Facility. Prior to joining Cellana, she most recently served as director of cultivation, environment and safety systems with Aurora Algae. Before Aurora, Harmon served in multiple roles with Cyanotech Corporation, a commercial production of algae-based astaxanthin and spirulina for nutraceutical applications, including as director of cultivation and director of business development and animal feeds and technical sales manager.

Ellis-Vizcarra has served as a key member of Cellana’s corporate development department since 2011. Under her leadership, Cellana has obtained, negotiated and executed more than four multi-million-dollar federally funded programs during her tenure at Cellana, amounting to over $5 million in revenue for Cellana.

Prior to joining Cellana, Ellis-Vizcarra was with Verenium Corporation, holding a variety of positions in the business development, finance/accounting, intellectual property and corporate development departments.

Veolia opens new location in Massachusetts

Veolia Environmental Services is expanding its operations and opening a new location in Charlestown, Massachusetts, to compliment company operations in Marlborough.

The company provides recycling, reclamation, transportation and disposal of hazardous materials, emergency response and on-site service support to the metro Boston area.

The Charlestown operation will provide field, on-site services, technical and sales support. Its proximity to Boston will bring Veolia physically closer to its customer base while simultaneously enabling faster response time for service deliverables and emergency response.

The new facility is approximately 15,000 sq.ft. in the heart of the biotech, pharma, higher education and hospital geography. The new branch location will be managed by operations manager Derek Nelhuebel with a staff of approximately 30 environmental compliance specialists.

UK-GBC and Ecobuild enter new partnership

The UK Green Building Council has entered into a new long-term partnership with Ecobuild, the world’s largest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment.

The two organizations will now work even more closely to promote the business case for a greener and more sustainable built environment.

Recyclebank hires Winn to lead community solutions

Recyclebank stated that Paul Winn has joined its leadership team as senior vice president of client services, community solutions. In this role, Winn leads Recyclebank’s efforts to bring its rewards-for-recycling program to new households across the U.S. through partnerships with municipalities and waste haulers. Winn is based in New York City and reports directly to Recyclebank’s chief operating officer David Eisendrath.

In Winn’s new position, he’ll work to help communities deepen resident engagement and increase recycling rates. In addition, he’ll work to forge new community partnerships and develop new strategies for waste and recycling haulers to extend into existing and new market areas.

Winn joins Recyclebank from Hewlett-Packard where he most recently served as the director and general manager for the New England public sector. In that role he had executive responsibility for all of Hewlett-Packard’s activities for the public sector for the New England region. Prior to his time at Hewlett-Packard, Winn spent a number of years at Sun Microsystems where he led sales initiatives and brokered channel partnerships as well as corporate marketing and strategic partnerships.