DECEMBER 2009

 

  BUSINESS/ORGANIZATIONAL BRIEFS

Smurfit-Stone chooses new senior VP and manager

Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation announced the appointment of Michael Exner as senior vice president and general manager of the company’s Containerboard Mill Division, effective January 1, 2010. Exner reports to Steve Klinger, Smurfit-Stone’s president and chief operating officer.

Exner’s career in the paper industry spans 31 years and includes a variety of leadership positions with International Paper (IP) and Boise-Cascade Corp.

Most recently, he served as International Paper’s vice president of manufacturing for Containerboard.

During his 29 year tenure with IP, Exner also served as pulp and operations manager; mill manager for the company’s Vicksburg, Missouri, and Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, facilities; and director of manufacturing for IP’s commercial printing and imaging papers division.

Mechel appoints new chief executive officer

Mechel OAO announced appointment of the new chief executive officer for Mechel’s East-European Steel Division.

Viktor Dyshlevich was appointed chief executive officer for Mechel’s East-European Steel Division effective from October 26, 2009.

At this position he succeeded Vyacheslav Shmyga who has taken the position of chief executive officer for Mechel-Workshop headquartered in Chelyabinsk.

Prior to this appointment since 2005 Dyshlevich worked as chairman of the board of directors of SC Laminorul steel plant, Romania. From 2003-2005 he was chairman of the board of directors of Dan Scan Steel, Danish steel company. Before that time from 1994 he worked as director of a private business company, steel industry being its activities area. From 1986-1994 he held various executive positions at Belarusian Steel Works.

Bulk Handling Systems to construct recycling system

Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) has signed a $15.7 million contract to design, manufacture and install single stream and mixed commercial processing equipment for a new materials recovery facility.

The facility is the Shoreway Recycling and Disposal Center located in San Carlos, California. It is managed by the South Bayside Waste Management Authority.

South Bay Recycling is a joint venture between Community Recycling and Potential Industries and will operate the system.

The system incorporates the latest in screening, optical, and air separation technologies and is designed to maximize the recovery of marketable commodities, yielding minimal residual material and reducing disposal costs. It is capable of processing up to 45 tons of material per hour.

EPA chooses several new regional administrators

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced several of President Barack Obama’s selections for new regional administrators.

Regional administrators for the EPA are responsible for managing the agency’s regional activities. They promote state and local environmental protection efforts and serve as a liaison to state and local government officials.

Shawn M. Garvin was chosen to be the agency’s new regional administrator for EPA’s mid-Atlantic region, Region 3. This region encompasses Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Shawn M. Garvin has worked for EPA Region 3 for more than 10 years and currently serves as EPA Region 3’s senior state and congressional liaison. In that position he serves as the primary contact to Congressional delegations and state and local officials throughout the region. He joined EPA in 1997, serving as special assistant to the regional administrator.

Dr. Alfredo “Al” Armendariz was chosen to be the Agency’s regional administrator for EPA’s region 6. This region encompasses Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and 66 Tribal Nations.

Dr. Alfredo “Al” Armendariz is an associate professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he has taught environmental and civil engineering. For the past 15 years, Armendariz has worked in a variety of research and academic positions and has published several research papers.

Jared Blumenfeld was chosen to be the Agency’s regional administrator for EPA’s Region 9. This region encompasses California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands, and over 140 Tribal Nations.

Jared Blumenfeld is currently the director of the San Francisco Department of Environment where he spent eight years as the primary environmental decision-maker for 28,000 city staff and a $6.5 billion budget. He also managed the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department which oversaw 242 world-class parks and recreational centers including facilities such as Golden Gate Park, Candlestick Park, and Harding Park PGA golf course.

Nucor CFO Terry Lisenby announces plans to retire

Nucor Corporation chief financial officer Terry S. Lisenby announced his plans to retire at the end of this year, after 24 years of service with Nucor. Lisenby began his career with Nucor in 1985 as manager of financial accounting. In January 2000, he was promoted to chief financial officer, treasurer and executive vice president.

Effective January 1, 2010, James D. Frias will be promoted to chief financial officer, treasurer and executive vice president.

Exodus Machines chooses four for director positions

Exodus Machines, a manufacturer of material handlers for the scrap and waste markets, has named four members to director positions within the company. Named were Adam Bennis, director of engineering; Erik Finstad, director of finance; Marisa Ring, director of human resources; and Justin Bacon, director of procurement.

Adam Bennis comes to Exodus with a wealth of engineering experience, most recently as project engineer for a forestry heavy equipment manufacturer. As director of engineering, Bennis will oversee all engineering-related efforts at Exodus.

As director of finance, Erik Finstad oversees all of corporate accounting and finance, IT, legal, insurance, banking relationships and interaction with state and federal agencies. Before joining Exodus, Finstad was a business development consultant to Dover Corporation, and chief financial officer for Anderson Lubricants, Inc., of Superior, Wisconsin.

Prior to assuming her position at Exodus, Marisa Ring spent eight years as a technical writer/marketing assistant, as well as customer service representative at Genesis Attachments, also of Superior, Wisconsin. At Exodus, she will oversee all activity related to human resources and technical publications.

Justin Bacon is another veteran of Genesis Attachments where he headed up the company’s rebuild program. He is responsible for overseeing material procurement, shipping/receiving, and inventory control.

Advanced Clean Tech completes acquisition

Advanced Clean Technologies, Inc. has completed the acquisition of American Petroleum Solutions, Inc., (API), which holds an exclusive license for an oil sludge removal technology.

“This strategic addition to our company, strengthens our offering in the oil and gas industry and accelerates our growth plans,” said Russell Kidder, CEO.

API has more than 15 years of experience providing a wide range of green services including environmental remediation, soil remediation and other services for the oil and gas industry.

E-Z Pack names Greg Podell president and CEO

Greg Podell, a 25 year veteran of the waste management equipment industry, has been named president and chief executive officer at E-Z Pack Manufacturing, LLC, a manufacturer of refuse trucks and parts.

Podell most recently served as chief operating officer at Wastequip, Inc., a manufacturer of waste handling and recycling equipment, where he was responsible for steering the organization toward improved production methodologies, product standardization, and financial results.

Prior to his role as COO at Wastequip, Podell spent six years as president of the company’s Galbreath subsidiary, where his accomplishments included impressive customer growth with the nation’s largest waste collection companies and ISO 9001:2000 certification. Podell also served eight years as Galbreath’s vice president of sales and marketing after starting his career in sales.

Morbark and HTI partner for waste-to-power

Morbark, Inc. a manufacturer of wood reduction equipment announced an agreement with Heat Transfer International (HTI) of Kentwood, Michigan. HTI is a technology company providing turnkey waste-to-energy systems which create renewable energy through SALT™ gasification of biomass. The agreement, which will create dozens of green jobs in Michigan, includes a manufacturing agreement for Morbark and an equity investment in HTI.

Morbark’s investment in HTI is in line with the company’s vision of sustainable energy through responsible forestry.

Michael Larson elected to Republic Services board

Republic Services, Inc. announced that its board of directors elected Michael Larson, to serve on the Company’s board of directors effective October 28, 2009. The Board further appointed Larson as a member of its compensation committee and its nominating and corporate governance committee.

Michael Larson is the business manager of Cascade Investment, LLC and is the chief investment officer for William H. Gates III.

Cascade Investment, LLC. and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust own in the aggregate approximately 15 percent of Republic Services, Inc.’s common stock.

Call2Recycle appoints Sirjord as board chairman

Call2Recycle announced the appointment of Andrew Sirjord as chairman of the board of directors, tasked to guide the company through strategies designed to spur growth and development. Sirjord has been a board director with the organization since 2006, and was appointed chairman due to his distinct knowledge of environment and energy related products, as well as his strong background in legal affairs.

Harsco expands services to UK with acquisition

Harsco Corporation announced its acquisition of Nicol UK Ltd., a multi-disciplined provider of industrial insulation services, site services and scaffolding to major petrochemical, energy and industrial clients throughout the UK. Terms were not disclosed.

The acquisition strengthens Harsco’s position in the UK industrial sector by offering customers a multi-disciplined service package that combines Harsco’s extensive scaffolding expertise and resources with Nicol’s additional capabilities for thermal insulation and cladding, site cleaning and industrial painting. The privately-held Nicol UK has annual sales of approximately $25 million.