Pennsylvania Seeks Entries for 'Lens on Litter' Photo Contest
Pennsylvania Resources Council is holding its annual "Lens on Litter" photo contest. The contest is held each year to call attention to the litter problem in communities.
Winning photos will be displayed throughout Pennsylvania's PRC's offices. Eleven prizes will be awarded. First prize is $1,000; two second prize awards are $500 and three third place awards are $250. Four honorable mentions photographs will be selected to receive $200 each. A "People's Choice" award also will be awarded.
Entries must be received by November 30, 2002. For more information and complete contest rules call 888-LITTERBUG (548-8374), e-mail litterbug@PRC.org or visit www.litterbug.org/programsthatwork/lensonlitter.shtml. Winners from past contests can be seen at this website.
Weyerhaeuser Closes Containerboard Mill
Federal Way, WA - Weyerhaeuser Company is permanently closing its Canadian containerboard mill located in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario.
The closure of the 100-year-old facility will be effective on or about December 6, 2002 and will eliminate 100,000 tons of capacity off of the company's manufacturing network.
The closure affects 140 positions.
The decision to close the plant is part of a larger program aimed at making the company more efficient and competitive on a global basis.
The company will be providing impacted employees with a range of benefits, including out-placement, career counseling and severance payments. Employees will also have the opportunity to go elsewhere in the company.
Cascades to Purchase Wastepaper Recovery Plant
Kingsey Falls, Quebec, Canada - Cascades Inc. has concluded an agreement with Rock-Tenn Recycling Company, by which it purchases a wastepaper recovery plant, all associated collection contracts, as well as certain other assets.
This recovery plant is located in Montreal and has an annual capacity of approximately 25,000 metric tons. The acquisition of this plant represents a further step of Cascades' business plan which aims to increase the volume of waste papers recovered directly by the company and used by its manufacturing units.
Michigan Seamless Acquires Michigan Specialty Tube
Greenwich, CT - Michigan Seamless Acquisition LLC (Michigan Seamless Tube), a company formed by Russ Maier, former Chairman & CEO of Republic Engineered Steels, Inc. and Atlas Holdings FRM LLC (Atlas Holdings) has entered into a contract with Vision Metals, Inc. (Vision) to acquire the fixed assets and intellectual property of its Michigan Specialty Tube Division (MST) based in South Lyon, Michigan. The transaction is structured as a Section 363 sale under the federal bankruptcy code. Its financial terms were not disclosed.
Michigan Seamless Tube is a manufacturer of seamless mechanical and pressure tube for industrial applications. Prior to the bankruptcy of Vision, Michigan Seamless Tube operated successfully and continuously for 75 years from its 320,000 square foot manufacturing facility in South Lyon, Michigan. Michigan Seamless Tube ceased shipments in February 2002 as part of the bankruptcy process, but has remained on "hot-idle" status since that time. Michigan Seamless Tube intends to begin shipping product during December 2002.
Metals USA Reorganizational Plans Receives OK
Houston, TX - Metals USA, Inc., a Houston-based metals processor and distributor, announced that the disclosure statement with respect to its plan of reorganization was approved by the bankruptcy court at a hearing held on September 18, 2002.
Metals USA, Inc. indicated that the approval by the bankruptcy court of the disclosure statement and related balloting procedures was a significant milestone in its efforts to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. According to the company, the approval of the disclosure statement will allow the company to begin solicitation of its plan of reorganization. The plan of reorganization provides for the conversion in excess of $380 million of pre-petition indebtedness into equity reducing leverage and interest expense. The plan of reorganization contemplates that the company will emerge from bankruptcy on or about October 31, 2002.
Jackson Honored for Product Stewardship Advocacy
Snohomish County, WA - Sego Jackson, a Principal Planner for Snohomish County, Washington's Solid Waste Management Division, was awarded this year's Leadership Award for Product Stewardship - Public Division by the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA). The award was announced at NAHMMA's national conference.
Product Stewardship is an environmental management strategy that means whoever designs, produces, sells, or uses a product takes responsibility for minimizing the product's environmental impact throughout all stages of the product's life cycle.
Sego Jackson has been a consistent advocate of product stewardship, calling for manufacturers of hazardous products to design products to be less hazardous and more recyclable. He also advocates for manufacturers to be responsible for those products at the end of their service life, by building the costs for handling and safe recycling into the price of the product. One possibility for end of life responsibility Sego has advocated for is the provision of financial assistance from electronics manufacturers to retailers, charities, small businesses and others in order to increase the reuse and proper recycling of discarded electronic products that contain toxic components.
Barclay Roto-Shred Introduces New Models
Stockton, CA - Barclay Roto-Shred Inc., a manufacturer of shredders for the tire recycling industry, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with new shredder models.
The shredders are a result of years of improvement and customer feedback. The shredders feature a new knife design offering replaceable seats, multiple sharpenings and lower per ton shredding costs. The hardened alloy shafts on their primary and secondary shredders are a secondary shredders are, a 9.5 inch-9.5 inch diameter and 13.5 inch-diameter, respectively. The company credits this shaft size and "stripper" mechanisms, that eliminate shaft deflection, for preventing any shaft failure on any of their shredders.
Barclay Roto-Shred and its principles hold 14 patents, all relating to the tire recycling industry. The shredders they currently produce are covered under several of these patents while others, ranging from de-beading machines to crumb rubber machines, are slated for future development.
Macsteel Acquires Baldwin
Chicago, IL - Macsteel Service Centers USA Inc., has acquired substantially all of the business and assets of Baldwin Steel Company, headquartered in Laurence Harbor, New Jersey. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed.
As a result of the acquisition, Baldwin Steel Company will operate as a Macsteel Service Centers USA region, under its existing name. Current Baldwin management will continue to operate the facilities.
KurbKaddy Can Encourage Seniors to Recycle
Bydalek Kaufman, Inc. has designed the KurbKaddy®, a cart to lift and roll recycling bins from the garage to the curb. The St. Louis, Missouri based company was created to help those who, because of age or physical limitations, may need help getting the recycling bins to the curb.
The KurbKaddy is a light weight metal frame cart, made from 72 percent recycled materials. It lifts heavy recycling bins and moves them to the curb for pick up. The large wheels and long handle allow for handling of containers without bending or soiling clothes. The powder coated frame and heavy duty plastic wheels will not rust and the KurbKaddy requires minimal storage space. It adjusts to accommodate a variety of recycling containers and also can handle many clothes baskets and plastic storage boxes that are available in stores.