Dick elected to Aluminum Association’s board

The Aluminum Association announced that K. Alan Dick, executive vice-president and president of Rolled Products North America for Aleris, has been elected to the Association’s board of directors. Effective January 1, 2012, Dick will become the executive vice-president and CEO of Global Recycling at Aleris.

Dick has served as executive vice-president and president for Rolled Products North America since September 2009. Previously, he has served in various other roles for Aleris including senior vice-president and general manager for Rolled Products North America from December 2007 until his promotion. He also served as senior vice-president of Global Metals Procurement and vice-president Metal Sourcing.

Before joining Aleris in 2004, Dick was the director of raw material purchasing for Commonwealth Industries and held other supply chain positions during his tenure at Commonwealth Industries. Before joining Commonwealth, Dick was vice-president and general manager for the Pacific Region of Ideal Metals, and began his career at Pechiney SA of Canada. He held several positions within Pechiney SA including vice-president and general manager.

East Manufacturing names regional manager

Jim Edwards has joined East Manufacturing as western region manager. Edwards replaces Ron Downs, who is retiring.

Edwards will be responsible for sales and support of all East product lines. He will be assisting dealers and fleets on sales and training, as well as working to expand the company’s dealer network in the Midwest and Western regions.

For the last four years Edwards has been a Midwest sales representative for another trailer manufacturer. Prior to that he was a manufacturing advisor to a major truck manufacturer where he earned a Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Edwards also has over 17 years of management and/or sales experience with three motor carriers. Edwards will maintain an office in the Kansas City, Missouri, area.

Kolberg-Pioneer adds to engineering team

Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. has hired Daniel Tolrud as an electrical engineering programmer in the engineering department.

Tolrud, who earned his Associate’s degree in electro-mechanical engineering from the Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will work primarily on the control systems of the FT product line. He previously worked as a technician and electrician at energy and electric companies in Sioux Falls.

Eric Smith joins City Carton as facilities manager

Eric Smith, Wapello, Iowa, has been hired as recycling facilities manager of the Mt. Pleasant, Muscatine, and Creston City Carton Recycling Facilities.

Smith oversees all operations of the three facilities. He is responsible for implementing a marketing plan for the plants in order to market products and services offered by City Carton Recycling with goals to maximize customer service, vendor relations, sales and profits. Smith is also responsible for building needs, equipment needs, and personnel at the recycling locations He reports to City Carton Recycling vice president of operations, Daryl Russ.

Smith has over 13 years of management experience. Most recently, Smith was responsible for 80 teammates as the Shopko Stores LLC, store manager, in Burlington, Iowa.

Upstate Shredding adds two new executives

Two scrap industry veterans have been tapped to help lead the Upstate Shredding-Ben Weitsman & Son family of companies into the next phase of development and expansion.

Norb Klebanski, who worked for Liberty Iron & Metal for nearly 24 years as a senior buyer, has been named commercial manager for Ben Weitsman of Scranton and Ben Weitsman of Liberty. In his previous position, Klebanski called on industrial scrap accounts, steel mills, and foundries in seven states and Canada, buying for the company’s shredders. He will have similar duties at Ben Weitsman of Scranton as well as Ben Weitsman of Liberty, which will open later this fall.

E.J. Watson has been hired as operations manager to oversee the company’s Riverside Engineering 10,000 hp mega shredder located in Owego, New York, the new Riverside Engineering mega shredder being installed at Ben Weitsman of Rochester, and nine feeder yards. Originally from Gary, Indiana, Watson has more than thirty years’ experience in the scrap industry.

For the past 20 years, Watson was chief of operations for Tube City and Tube City IMS where he oversaw operations at new and existing facilities along with all projects, repairs, upgrades and new installations of processing equipment.

Waste Connections to increase cash dividend

Waste Connections, Inc. announced that its board of directors has declared a 20 percent increase in the regular quarterly cash dividend on the company’s common stock. The regular quarterly cash dividend, which increases from $0.075 per share to $0.09 per share, was payable on November 16, 2011, to stockholders of record on the close of business on November 2, 2011. The board intends to review the quarterly dividend each October, with a long-term objective of increasing the amount of the dividend.

S+S Inspection expands to a more central location

S+S Inspection has moved its headquarters from Niagara, New York, to a more central location in Bartlett, Illlinois.

The move to and organization of the new facility was managed by S+S North America general manager, Werner Fleps, who is responsible for the effective operation of the total S+S business in North America, including the enhanced design and manufacturing capability. The new building incorporates an optical sorting line for recycling customers and an applications laboratory with a complete range of X-ray inspection and metal detection equipment for the food and plastics industry sectors of the S+S business. These facilities allow potential customers to witness real time tests using their own materials and products, particularly important for X-ray applications in the food industry.

The existing sales and distribution capability has grown with the appointment of Tracey Hartje and Tony Rampino to strengthen the sales capability in the food and plastics markets respectively. Both have considerable technical and sales experience, know their markets and have already made significant contribution to the continued expansion of S+S in North America.

David Curry named sales manager at Vecoplan

David Curry has joined Vecoplan Integrated Controls (VIC) as the national sales manager. Curry will be responsible for overseeing the continued growth and strategic development of VIC’s existing markets for OEM control panels and complete integrated control systems.

VIC has recently expanded their operations and Curry’s addition is a key component of this expansion. Curry brings a decade of sales management experience and 21 years of field sales experience to his new position.

Wentworth appointed product manager for Atlas

Mike Wentworth has been appointed to the position of product manager, surface drilling equipment (SDE), for Atlas Copco Construction Mining Technique USA LLC. In his new role, Wentworth will report directly to Maurice Hunter, business line manager – SDE for Atlas Copco CMT USA.

Since 2007, Wentworth has served as branch manager in Ludlow, Massachusetts, adding sales responsibility for New England to his duties in 2008. He joined Atlas Copco in 1994 as the service technician for the Southeast region of the United States and was promoted to service manager for the northeast in 2000. In 2005, he was appointed to product support – SDE, and moved to branch manager two years later.

In his new position, Wentworth will support field sales personnel, as well as providing training to the sales force on product features and benefits.

Aegis Solar Energy opens Massachusetts office

Aegis Solar Energy Inc. has expanded its solar-power business and operations across the whole of the New England region and opened a news sales and project engineering office in Sudbury, Massachusetts, to service its expanded clientele.

Located approximately 20 miles west of Boston, Aegis Solar’s new office will be headed by Claude Colp, who recently joined Aegis Solar as director of engineering services. In addition to Colp, the office will initially accommodate approximately 15 people, comprised of sales, engineering and support staff. The company’s headquarters are located in Branford, Connecticut.

Executives elected to EREF board of directors

The board of directors of the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) announced the election of its newest members:.

Frank Busicchia began his career with Oshkosh Corporation in 1997, as a regional sales manager covering the Northeast United States; which came to include McNeilus Truck & Mfg. products when Oshkosh acquired them in 1998. Most recently he was promoted to vice president of sales in September, 2010.

James M. Little has been senior vice president – engineering and disposal at Waste Connections since February 2009. He was the division manager in Ohio, where he was responsible for the operations of ten operating companies in the Northern Ohio area.

Glass Packaging Institute names chairman of board

The Glass Packaging Institute announced that Joseph R. Grewe, president and CEO of Verallia North America, has been named chairman of its board of trustees.

Grewe succeeds Rich Crawford, chief technology and operations officer at O-I, who is stepping down from the board after a successful tenure as chairman. Miguel Escobar will serve as O-I’s new representative on the board.

Additionally, associate member Bill Breunig of FMC Corporation is joining the GPI board of trustees, succeeding Scott Schreiber of OCI Chemical Corporation. For 2012, the board of trustees will also include members Jim Fredlake of Anchor Glass, John Gallo of Gallo Glass, Peter Leone of Leone Industries, Deon Van As of MillerCoors, John T Shaddox of Vitro Packaging and associate member Bill Waltz of Strategic Materials.

Community Environmental Center receives award

Community Environmental Center (CEC) has received a Service Merit Award from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, announced Richard Cherry, CEC’s founder and president.

The award is specifically “For dedication and commitment providing energy services to the multifamily market.”

Cherry founded CEC in 1994. CEC is the largest weatherization provider under New York State’s Weatherization Assistance Program.

Florjancic appointed to Liberty Tire’s board

Liberty Tire Recycling, a provider of tire recycling services in North America, appointed Fred J. Florjancic to the company’s board of directors.

Florjancic served as CEO and president of Safety-Kleen, a parts cleaner, industrial waste management and oil recycling and re-refining company in North America, from 2004-2009.

Florjancic joined the company from SPX Corp., of Charlotte, North Carolina, where he served as president of its specialty engineered products group since 2001, and was responsible for six companies that manufacture industrial filters, hydraulics and capital equipment. Prior to SPX, he spent 15 years with Brunswick Corp., beginning in 1985 as vice president of finance and treasurer, and later serving as global president and CEO of the indoor recreation group.

Florjancic serves on the board of directors of Elkay Manufacturing, where he is chairman of the finance committee, and is chairman of the board for Ramsey Industries, Inc.

Veolia names new CEO to Industrial Services Division

Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp. appointed Darryl Schimeck to president and CEO of Veolia ES Industrial Services, Inc.

As president and CEO of Veolia ES Industrial Services, Schimeck will be responsible for managing the overall operations, including implementing programs designed to provide direction and structure to ensure the company’s growth.

Schimeck joins Veolia from Atlantic Plant Services, Inc. and United Anco Services, Inc., both members of The Brock Group family of industrial services companies, where he has served as president since 2008. Prior to that, he was president and CEO of K2 Industrial Services, Inc., and executive vice president of Kenny Industrial Services, Inc.

He started his career with Waste Management, Inc., where he spent 16 years and held several positions of increased responsibility in business development and operational management.

Enerkem adds MacDonald as new board member

Enerkem Inc. has announced that Larry MacDonald has joined its board of directors. MacDonald spent 30 years at NOVA Chemicals Corporation in senior executive functions.

Larry MacDonald was senior vice president and CFO when he retired from NOVA Chemicals in December 2009.

Harris hires new vice president of finance

Harris welcomed Colin Thackray to the Harris team as vice president of finance. Thackray’s responsibilities will be to lead the accounting and IT departments.

Thackray joins Harris from a background in manufacturing, most recently working with Superior Essex Magnet Wire division. He has over 13 years corporate finance experience.