Recycled Holiday Gifts
Bloomfield Hills, MI - What are the chances one of the gifts you receive this year sat under someone else's tree last year?
Not very high, according to a just-released national survey that found most people don't recycle unwanted gifts by passing them on to someone else.
They simply return them to the store.
The survey, conducted on the websites of Taubman Centers Inc. shopping centers, determined that:
•Just over 40 percent of the 3,460 respondents said they return gifts they don't want.
•26 percent said they pretend they like the gift but then stash it away unused.
•18 percent said they use unwanted gifts even if they don't like them.
•15 percent said they recycle unwanted gifts, passing them on to someone else the next year.
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Appoints Three New Division Heads
Lansing, MI - Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Director Russell Harding announced the following DEQ division chief appointments:
G. Vinson Hellwig has been appointed the Chief of the Air Quality Division. Mr. Hellwig has eleven years of experience with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, currently working in the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards in Triangle Park, N.C.
Amy A. Butler has been selected as the Chief of the Environmental Sciences and Services Division. Ms. Butler initially started her service with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in the Environmental Service Division. Since then, Ms. Butler has served in a variety of key roles in both the Departments of Natural Resources and Environmental Quality.
George Bruchmann has been appointed Chief of the Waste and Hazardous Materials Division. Mr. Bruchmann has served as the Assistant Chief of the Waste Management Division for the last six years. Prior to that, Mr. Bruchmann served as Chief of the Radiological Health Division in the Department of Public Health. The Radiological Protection Program is now a part of the Waste and Hazardous Materials Division.
Single-Stream System to Handle All City's Curbside Materials
Lexington, KY - The Lafayette-Fayetteville County Government has purchased a complete Bollegraaf single stream sorting system to process the city's recyclables. This system was custom designed to fulfill the city's needs, and is designed to process residential curbside material collected in the single stream method.
The system's features include Lubo's paper container separator screen, popularly referred to as the "French Banana" screen. In addition to the paper/container separation using this screen, the system includes a fiber sort line and a container sort line featuring a magnet and eddy current.
Report on Use of Recycled Shingles in Road Application Available
The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has completed its research project on the Performance of Recycled Asphalt Shingles for Road Applications. The $62,500 project was funded by the Federal Highway Administration through the Vermont Agency of Transportation.
The project included research into the feasibility of collecting waste roofing shingles in Vermont. This was done by the Chittenden Solid Waste District, which developed a shingle collection program. The A. C. Marcelino Company, an aggregate producer, processed the waste shingles into a highly successful gravel driving course. Pike Industries then developed and manufactured the test cold patch pavement.
Reprinted with permission from the Northeast Recycling Coalition online newsletter.
Construction Begins on Aluminum Extruder Plant
Prince George, VA - Start-up company, Service Center Metals Incorporated commenced construction of its new $13 million 78,000-square-foot state-of-the-art aluminum extrusion plant in Prince George, Virginia. The plant will be built in the Southpoint Industrial Park and expects to create 100 jobs.
Over the next four years, Service Center Metals plans to serve as a benchmark for modern manufacturing processes by becoming the most efficient, low-cost producer of aluminum extrusions for the industrial market. The company manufactures extruded aluminum rods, bars, standard shapes, and tubing. The plant began construction in October 2002 and expects to become operational by July 2003. Service Center Metals has a temporary office in Glen Allen, Virginia.
De-Zinc Operation Starts Up
East Chicago, IN - Meretec Corporation has started up a de-zincing operation in East Chicago, Indiana. The company removes the zinc coating from scrap galvanized steel producing a clean de-zinced steel scrap for sale to foundries and steelmakers.
A high grade zinc powder also is recovered and is sold to chemical and pigment markets. The business was previously operated under the name Metals Recycling Technologies, Inc.
Meretec has a capacity for de-zincing 115,000 metric tons per year of ferrous scrap with recovery of 2,300 metric tons of zinc per year. The plant is designed to be expanded to twice that capacity.
American Baler to Install Baler
Bellevue, OH - Pennsylvania-based scrap recycler, Weiner Iron & Metal, has purchased a new horizontal baler for use in non-ferrous metal and paper recycling from American Baler Company, Bellevue, Ohio.
The new Ram II baler is capable of displacing 22,400 cubic feet per hour with bale densities up to 90 pounds per cubic foot.
This specific Ram II model has 217 tons of compression force on the main ram with a cycle time of 18 seconds. The Ram II is designed to maximize bale density while reducing operator costs.
Steel Dynamics Posts Record Quarterly Revenues
Fort Wayne, IN - Steel Dynamics, Inc. announced record third quarter earnings of $29 million, or $.61 per diluted share. Net sales for the third quarter of 2002 were $241 million, a 13 percent increase compared to the second quarter of 2002 and a 44 percent increase compared to the first quarter of 2002. SDI's third quarter average consolidated selling price per ton was $403, 19 percent higher than the $340 recorded for the second quarter and 36 percent higher than the $297 recorded for the first quarter of 2002. SDI's third quarter consolidated shipments of 598,000 tons were just five percent less than the company's record achieved in the previous quarter.
In comparison to the third quarter of 2001, SDI's net sales for the third quarter of 2002 increased 53 percent and consolidated shipments increased 20 percent.
Tampa, FL - Trademark Metals Recycling, LLC installed a new 7,000 hp Texas shredder at its Tampa Port facility. The TSI 122 x 104 mega shredder has the capacity to produce 25-30,000 tons per month, double the capacity of the old shredder.
Trademark Metals Recycling (TMR) was formed in 1998
and is a Tampa-based unit of The David J. Joseph Company (DJJ). Today,
Trademark Metals operates 11 recycling centers including four shredders
in central and south Florida.
Atlanta, GA - Caraustar Industries, Inc. announced that Ronald J. Domanico has joined the company as its new vice president and chief financial officer.
From 1981 to 2000, Mr. Domanico worked for Kraft Foods and Nabisco
in a succession of progressively more senior financial management,
planning, business development and operations roles. His most recent
position was executive vice president and chief financial officer
of AHL Services, Inc. in Atlanta.
Wooster, OH - Hi-Rise Recycling Companies (Donco Holding Company) announced its purchase of the Solid Waste Equipment Division from Hi-Rise Recycling Systems, Inc. Hi-Rise Recycling Systems filed for Chapter 11 status in February 2002 in order to implement a pre-negotiated restructuring plan. As part of the restructuring plan, the Solid Waste Equipment Division was sold for $35 million in cash plus the assumption of specified company assets, liabilities and contracts to Donco Holding Company, a private investment firm. GE Capital, one of the world's leading lenders is providing the new company with its operating capital. Now under the leadership of Dennis B. Donahue, former President and CEO of Will-Burt, Inc., the newly formed Hi-Rise Recycling Companies, Inc. will focus on customer service, quality and competitive prices.
Cincinnati, OH - Columbus McKinnon Corporation, Sarasota Florida has announced the sale of a new CM Portable Tire Shredding System to Rumpke Recycling of Ohio, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio.
When Rumpke Recycling of Ohio, Inc. chose to augment their tire processing capabilities, they turned to Columbus McKinnon Corporation tire shredding equipment for its ability to help create new market potential and its ability to create consistently sized clean cut chips with little to no wire protrusion. The system will be used to process steel belted passenger and truck tires for Civil Engineering chips specifically designed for use in landfill construction and to open markets for Tire Derived Fuel (TDF).
Greensboro, NC - "We are facing skilled labor shortages," says Roger Herman, Strategic Business Futurist. "And most people are totally blind to these 'pockets of crisis'," adds Joyce Gioia, Mr. Herman's partner and co-author. "These pockets of crisis may be by industry, geography, or occupation, however they foreshadow a much more widespread problem to come," explains Tom Olivo, measurement specialist and co-author. This is presented in the new book "Impending Crisis, Too Many Jobs, Too Few People."
Mr. Olivo continues, "The current pockets include towns like Bozeman, Montana and Madison, Wisconsin with their very low unemployment figures, and collision-repair technicians, for which there are 18,500 openings right now."
"What employers will face in the next eight years will make the tight labor market of the late 1990s look like a practice session," said Mr. Herman and Ms. Gioia. December 2002 is the scheduled release date of Impending Crisis, written with Tom Olivo.
"According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there will be a shortage of 10,033,000 workers in 2010-just over seven years away," said Mr. Olivo.
Impending Crisis presents evidence and advice for employers.
An unprecedented churning in the employment market may begin as early as the second quarter of 2003 and become more intense during the latter part of 2003.