Take It Back! Workshop Rescheduled
Raymond Communications has re-scheduled the Take It Back! Workshop, Global Packaging Mandates: How to Design for Environment and Save Money for November 30, at the same location, Hampton Inn Tropicana in Las Vegas.
The workshop, designed to help manufacturers comply with recycling mandates in California and around the world, was originally slated for September 13, but had to be cancelled because of the national tragedy in New York and Washington, D.C. The next regular international Take it Back! Conference tentatively will be held March 6th and 7th, 2002 in Las Vegas.
For more information, call 301-345-4237 or go to www.raymond.com.
RPI Invests in New Municipal Waste Recycling Plants
Houston, TX - Recycling Partners Incorporated (RPI) is conducting market studies for the construction of 40 to 70 Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) recycling plants for the United States and international markets such as Europe and Asia. These new plants will have the technology and potential to recycle up to 98 percent of the incoming waste providing a viable alternative to landfills.
RPI is negotiating with a company in Alabama to conduct all preliminary studies, including economic evaluations and detailed design. Among the first states being considered for building a new plant are Florida and Louisiana, as the average ground level in these states is only seven feet above sea level, and making recycling a more attractive option than land filling. Each plant could process an average of 200 to 2,000 tons per day of MSW, depending on the size of the communities and demand. Construction costs could range from $5 million for the smaller plants to $20 million for the larger scale plants.
Arkansas is being evaluated for the largest of the proposed plants with an estimated total cost of approximately $750 million and a potential processing capacity of 40-50,000 tons per day of MSW coming on-line in increments of 5,000 tons per day.
With an average cost of $4 a ton to bury waste, a landfill can operate at approximately a quarter of the cost of a MSW recycling plant, which processes waste at a cost of up to $22 a ton. RPI plans to recover the cost difference by remanufacturing products such as cellulose fibers, in a process known as post process manufacturing.
Steel Import Trade Cases Filed
Pittsburgh, PA - United States Steel LLC, along with Bethlehem Steel Corp-oration, LTV Steel Company and National Steel Corporation announced the filing of trade law actions against the major im-porters of cold-rolled steel products into the United States. Anti-dumping suits were filed against Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea, the Nether-lands, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Venezuela. Countervailing duty suits were filed against Argentina, Brazil, France, and South Korea. The petitioners accounted for 69 percent of shipments of cold-rolled products by domestic produc-ers in 2000.
The cases demonstrate antidumping
margins of as high as 150 percent and subsidy margins over 40 percent.
Imports of cold-rolled products from the countries cited in these cases
have increased by 38 percent since 2000. Imports from these countries
now represent over 80 percent of all imports of cold-rolled steel products.
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CuproBraze Offers New Brazing Technology
New York, NY - A new brazing process for copper offers manufacturers an efficient, cost-effective solution that carries many environmental benefits as well.
Heat exchangers produced with CuproBraze technology can be smaller using less material, yet have greater durability and higher operating efficiency, and are 100 percent recyclable and environmentally friendly.
CuproBraze, developed by the International Copper Association, is a new manufacturing technology for copper/brass brazing used to manufacture radiators, air conditioners, heaters, oil coolers, and charge air coolers. It is a lead-free process, utilizing a brazing alloy that is copper, tin, nickel, and phosphorus, making it 100 percent recyclable. Recycled copper can be used and existing CuproBraze products can be recycled to make new CuproBraze products.
Adoption of the CuproBraze process for radiators alone could result in worldwide benefits, including an annual 4.2 million MWh energy-use reduction and 1 million ton reduction of CO2 gases. The process is cost-effective, fast and easy to adopt. Existing equipment can be adapted or retooled to implement the new technology without major initial investment or retraining. The efficiency of the manufacturing process, superiority of products produced, and increased productivity decreases the unit costs of energy, investment and labor.
Hydro Aluminum to Build Remelt Plant in Texas
Commerce, TX - Hydro Aluminum Metal Products will build a 90,000 tons-per-year aluminum recycling plant in Commerce, Texas, that should be operational by November 2002.
Hydro plans to invest $37 million in the construction, which will begin as soon as negotiations are completed with gas and electric utilities.
The Commerce plant will use the same state-of-the-art technology employed at Hydro's first U.S. remelt plant in Henderson, Kentucky, which opened in May 2001.
The technology, originally developed at its European recycling plants, allows Hydro to produce primary-quality aluminum billet from scrap using five percent of the energy consumed in typical primary aluminum production.
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Bethlehem Steel Appoints CEO and CFO
Bethlehem, PA - Bethlehem Steel Corporation elected Robert S. "Steve" Miller, Jr. as chairman and chief executive officer, and a director.
The positions Mr. Miller is assuming were previously held by Duane R. Dunham who will continue as president and chief operating officer, and a director, of the company.
Also Leonard M. Anthony was appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer.
Mr. Anthony will have the overall
responsibility for Bethlehem's financial management activities and will
retain the position of treasurer. He succeeds Gary L. Millenbruch, vice
chairman and chief financial officer, who retired.
Gehl Names Miller Director of Manufacturing
West Bend, WI - Gehl, a manu-facturer of light construction and agricultural equipment, has appointed Dan Miller director of manufacturing.
Mr. Miller will have general
operating responsibility for all of Gehl's manufacturing facilities, and
will work with current Gehl staff to improve plant efficiency and overall
product quality. In addition, Mr. Miller will also oversee Gehl's day-to-day
manufacturing operations at its West Bend, Wisconsin, facility.
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Lojack, CNA Team Up
Dedham, MA - LoJack Corpora-tion, the nation's only police-operated, stolen-vehicle recovery system, and CNA, a major U.S.-based business insurer, have announced that CNA will waive the deductible for stolen construction equipment up to $10,000 if the stolen equipment is protected by a LoJack Stolen Vehicle Police Recovery System. The coverage will be available on new and renewal policies with effective dates of October 1, 2001 or later and will also be an endorsement to the CNA Contractor's Equipment Coverage Form.
LoJack for Construction Equipment was designed to withstand the impact and conditions of an active construction site. LoJack for Construction Equipment units are small, silent transmitters. These "ruggedized" units are packed in a hardened metal housing that is weather and waterproofed and hidden in the recesses of construction equipment. Since its recent introduction to the industrial market, LoJack units have led to the recovery of millions of dollars worth of stolen construction equipment. LoJack-protected equipment and ve-hicles have a 90 percent recovery rate nationwide.
When police are notified that equipment has been stolen, the LoJack unit is automatically activated and begins to emit a silent radio signal. Police cruisers, equipped with a LoJack tracking unit (designed and available only to police forces around the country), will pick up the signal and lead officers to the equipment.
Larry Neuman, Vice President
of Property for Commercial Insurance for CNA, joined Mr. Abely in heralding
the announcement. "We understand that theft has become an increasing concern
in the construction industry. Our goal was to partner with LoJack to provide
an extra layer of coverage against theft and to increase the opportunity
for the police to recover stolen equipment so that our customers have
a better opportunity to continue their work."
US Plastic Lumber Consolidates Facilities
Boca Raton, FL - U.S. Plastic Lumber Corp. is consolidating three of its manufacturing facilities into larger existing facilities and plans on leasing two of its resin processing plants to third party raw material processors.
The company reported that these latest moves are the final steps in reorganizing its manufacturing opera-tions since installing new management in the fourth quarter of 2000. During the fourth quarter, the Fontana, California, Denton, Maryland, and Trenton, Tennessee plants will be closed and the equipment and manufacturing processes at these plants will be transferred to the Chicago, Illinois and Ocala, Florida manufacturing locations.
In addition, USPL will discontinue raw material processing at its Auburn, Massachusetts and Chino, California resin plants and lease these facilities to other raw material processors. USPL will continue raw material processing, for its own use, at the Chicago and Ocala plants.
As part of the reorganization,
USPL will incur a restructuring charge in the third quarter of 2001 of
approximately $12 million, of which $1.6 million will require cash over
the next twelve months and $10.4 million will provide for non-cash charges
such as equipment impairment and inventory write downs.
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Environmental Support Solutions Receives Award
Tempe, AZ - Environmental Support Solutions, Inc. (Environ.com), a provider of environmental management and regulatory compliance software, receiv-ed an exclusive approval from the World Safety Organization Inc. (WSO) for its "Best of Class" Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) compliance suite of products.
WSO, Category II Consultants to the United Nations on Global EH&S issues, provided Environ.com an exclu-sive approval, in keeping with its ulti-mate goal of protecting people, resour-ces, the environment and property on a global basis.
In addition to receiving this
approval, the company has agreed to provide the WSO access to its in-depth
knowledge and market research in the EH&S arena. The WSO will use this
information, in part, in its efforts as a professional organization and
to assist in addressing the myriad of issues at the United Nations. Environ.com
will also grant WSO members a discount on any software purchases, recognizing
the need to assist companies both domestically and in developing nations.
Nature's Choice Names President
Union, NJ - Stephen Reiter, chief executive officer, Nature's Choice Corporation, an organic yard waste disposal and topsoil manufacturer, reported the appointment of James J. Panzini as president. In this capacity, Mr. Panzini will be responsible for overseeing all operations, business development, financial controls, legal and administration for the fast growing recycling company. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer.
James J. Panzini joined Nature's
Choice in 1995. He has been instrumental in Nature's Choice's extraordinary
growth in the marketplace from 3 to 14 recycling sites over the past six
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Byers Joins IMCO
Irving, TX - IMCO Recycling Inc. announced Joseph Byers has joined the company as senior vice president, commercial, specification alloys.
In his new position, Mr. Byers
will manage the commercial operations of IMCO's specialty alloys division
that provides specification aluminum alloys to auto and light truck manufacturers
and their suppliers. He will be located in Coldwater, Michigan and will
report to Richard L. Kerr, president of IMCO's aluminum operations.
Commercial Metals Awarded Insteel Industries Contract
Dallas, TX - The Secondary Metals Processing Division of Commercial Metals Company has entered into a contract with Insteel Industries, Inc. to oversee the handling and disposition of scrap metals generated by Insteel's manufacturing plants across the United States.
Insteel, headquartered in Mount Airy, North Carolina, is a manufacturer of wire products, manufacturing and marketing concrete reinforcing products, industrial wire, nails, and tire bead wire for a broad range of construction and industrial applications.
"We look forward to enhancing
Insteel's existing scrap metals recycling program, " said Larry Olschwanger,
vice president of national accounts for CMC's Secondary Metals Processing
Division. "Our alliance with Insteel will provide even further efficiencies
in the management of their scrap metal recycling."
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DuPont Completes Upgrade to Nylon Carpet Recycling Facility
Atlanta, GA- DuPont, a recycler of nylon has completed an environ-mental initiative to upgrade and expand its nylon carpet reclamation center in Calhoun, Georgia. In addition to receiv-ing, sorting, baling and packaging used carpet, DuPont has added equipment to recover nylon at the facility.
In August, the facility reached
its full operational potential of producing 1,000 pounds of recovered
nylon per hour. The process involves recovering a clean nylon resin from
used nylon carpet recovered in the DuPont Carpet Recla-mation® Program.
The facility is cap-able of sorting up to 50,000,000 pounds of used carpet
per year. The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to
buy a replacement.