Ohio Awards $6.9 Million for Recycling
Columbus, OH - Governor Bob Taft and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) announced a total of $6,967,746 in Recycle, Ohio! Grants to 97 Ohio cities, counties and regional solid waste management districts. The grants support recycling collection, waste reduction activities, awareness campaigns and litter prevention programs in local communities throughout the state.
"Recycle, Ohio! Grants have a positive effect on local communities, helping to improve curbside and drop-off recycling programs and litter clean-up efforts," Taft said. "They give Ohioans an opportunity to help conserve precious natural resources and energy." The state's first recycling and litter prevention grants were awarded in 1981. Since then, more than $136 million has gone to Ohio communities to support local programs. The Recycle, Ohio! program is administered by the ODNR Division of Recycling & Litter Prevention.
Your Employees Rights as Reservists
If you employ military reservists, you face several legal requirements under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and state-specific veteran's rights laws. There is a vast amount of information available to help you.
One of the best resources for business owners is "A Non-Technical Resource Guide to the Uniformed Services and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)," which is available on the Veteran's Employment and Training Service (VETS) website at http://www.dol.gov/dol/vets. For information on state-specific veteran's rights laws, contact your local or state department of labor.
There are also excellent resources for families of service members. One of those is the "Guide to Reserve Family Member Benefits" that is available on the Reserve Officers Association's website at www.roa.org. You can print this directly from the website and provide it to your employee's family.
Carbon Steel Wire Rod May Face Antidumping Duties
Washington, DC - Imports of carbon steel wire rod from Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine may be subject to accelerated application of antidumping and countervailing duties if the Department of Commerce confirms that import surges have occurred to circumvent future duties.
The U.S. carbon steel wire rod industry charged the six countries with flooding the U.S. market with imports once the import community got wind last May that the domestic industry planned to bring antidumping and countervailing duty cases against the named and additional countries.
The critical circumstances allegations stem from an unfair trade case
filed on August 31, 2001, by the U.S. carbon steel wire rod producers
that charged foreign producers in the named countries plus Canada, Indonesia,
and Trinidad and Tobago with engaging in unfair trade practices and requested
the imposition of antidumping and/or countervailing duties on imports
from the countries. Preliminary antidumping and counter-vailing duty determinations
are scheduled to be announced in early February 2002. The U.S. International
Trade Commission (ITC) also must approve the critical circumstances determination
if Commerce finds in the affirmative.
Tirex Receives Official Authorization as Tire Recycler from Quebec Government
Montreal, Quebec, Canada - The Tirex Corporation announced its accreditation from the Provincial Government recycling agency, Recyc-Quebec, as an officially authorized tire recycler resulting from the receipt of its commercial permits from the Montreal Urban Community and the City of Montreal and following a technical evaluation by Recyc-Quebec qualifying Tirex. Tirex also announced that its Fiscal 2001 Research and Development Tax Credit claims with the Governments of Canada and Quebec have been approved.
According to Tirex President John L. Threshie Jr., "this accreditation as a commercial tire recycling operation permits Tirex to have direct access to scrap tires to meet its requirements and entitles us to generate revenue from tire recycling government subsidies; as a consequence of these permits and accreditations, Tirex has appreciably increased its crumb rubber production activities to meet existing market demand."
Weyerhauser Chief Named Paper/Forest CEO of the Year
San Francisco, CA - Steven R. Rogel, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Weyerhaeuser Company has been selected Global CEO of the Year by members of the financial community who follow the paper/forest products industry.
An independent survey conducted by Pulp Paper and PPI magazines asked more than 350 security analysts, investment officers and portfolio managers to choose the CEO who made the greatest contribution to the growth, competitiveness and success of his company based on his strategic planning and execution, market focus and business results, as well as his industry leadership.
Steven R. Rogel has spent 35 years in the paper and forest products
industry. He was elected president and chief executive officer of Weyerhaeuser
in 1997 and became chairman in 1999. He began his career with St. Regis
Paper Company, where he worked from 1966 until 1970. From 1970 to 1972,
he was assistant manager at St. Anne-Nackawic Pulp and Paper in Nackawic,
N.B., Canada. He joined Willamette in 1972 as technical director at the
company's operations in Albany, Oregon. He was named president and chief
executive officer of Willamette in 1995, and served in that position until
joining Weyerhaeuser in 1997. He serves on various boards, including the
American Forest Paper Association and the World Forestry Center. He is
a director of the Kroger Company and Union Pacific Corporation.
Toxco Acquires Moltech Nickel Cadmium Battery Recycling Technology
Anaheim, CA - Toxco Incorporated has acquired Moltech Corporation's patented cadmium recovery facility and equipment for recycling nickel cadmium batteries in Gainesville, Fla. As part of the purchase, Toxco Inc. has acquired the exclusive licensing rights to the technology that was originally developed and patented by Eveready Battery. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
"The acquisition of this technology takes Toxco one step further in our long-term goals of handling all battery chemistries," said Steven Kinsbursky, president of Toxco Waste Management. "The ability to recover cadmium and nickel from batteries gives our company a significant source of raw materials for producing down-stream products in combination with our chemical manufacturing abilities."
The Gainesville facility is ready to be brought on line when staffing
is complete early next year. Ultimately, Toxco will relocate the process
and recycling activities to their Ohio facility, using a combination of
the Moltech equipment and other technology that Toxco has developed.
Recycling, Steel Industries Create Joint Task Force
Washington, DC - As part of the continuing commitment between the recycling and steel industries to maintain an ongoing dialogue, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA) have announced a three-part initiative, including the creation of a Joint Task Force on Industry Practices, a continued commitment to aggressively address mercury issues, and an enhanced dialogue between the two industries.
ISRI and SMA have been expanding their collaboration on common goals and enhancement of the business relationships between the two industries since early this year. The new Task Force is the first concrete step to arise from this process. The Task Force will include a cross-section of SMA and ISRI members representing the full spectrum of both industries.
The two associations have developed a list of issues to which each is
committed to addressing through the Joint Task Force on Industry Practices.
The list includes consistent scrap grading, weights, industry practices,
and the role of dispute resolution where issues of conflict arise.
Metalsite, Scrapsite Back Online
Pittsburgh, PA - Management Science Associates, Inc. (MSA) of Pittsburgh announced the re-launching of the metals e-commerce websites MetalSite and ScrapSite to serve the steel industry. "MSA MetalSite and MSA ScrapSite are live, on-line and ready to conduct business as of this morning," according to Dr. Alfred A. Kuehn, Founder and Chairman of MSA, and Patrick J. Gallagher, President of MSA MetalSite. Metals Supply Alliances, LLC, an MSA subsidiary, has purchased the intellectual and proprietary assets of the former MetalSite, Inc., including the MetalSite and ScrapSite names, Dr. Kuehn said.
Two steel service centers, JR Metals and Stark Metal Sales, had already posted more than 90 items of hot-rolled, cold-rolled and coated-coil products for sale on the site, Mr. Gallagher said.
The companies' prime, excess prime and secondary products can be found
for sale in MetalSite's Auction at www.metalsite.net.
Mr. Gallagher said he expected most, if not all of MetalSite's 150 former
sellers to resume doing business on the site.
Biodiesel Players Forecasting Growth in Demand
Houston, TX - Biodiesel (methyl esters) is a cleaner-burning diesel replacement fuel made from natural, renewable sources such as new and used vegetable oils and animal fats. Like petroleum diesel, biodiesel operates in combustion-ignition engines. 20% biodiesel blends mixed with petroleum diesel fuels can be used in nearly all diesel equipment.
Biodiesel has been a long-time favorite in Europe with existing capacities of over 7 million gallons per month. That market is projected to triple over the next few years. Soon Americans will be given the chance to see the many benefits the fuel has to offer. Currently, the U.S. market consists of only a handful of players.
Companies like American Biofuels, Southern States Power, and West Central Soy are building new biodiesel plants and expanding current capacities, banking on the future growth of the industry. Currently, eleven U.S. plants produce roughly 60 to 80 million gallons of biodiesel annually. Seven grassroot plants are currently under development.
Jay Brunson, Synthetic Fuels
Manager for Industrialinfo.com, said, "Major companies like Procter &
Gamble and ADM are looking at U.S. biodiesel markets as key profit drivers
over the next five years and beyond. P&G already produces methyl esters
at a plant in Cincinnati, Ohio and capacity could be expanded with little
effort and time." A new study documents that renewable fuels legislation
now being considered for Senate energy packages could boost the U.S. economy
by $300 billion and create as many as 300,000 new jobs in synthetic fuel
sectors of the economy by 2016. Increased use of American-made fuels,
like biodiesel and ethanol, would generate billions of dollars in income
for America through increased production and job creation.
LTV CEO Resigns
Cleveland, OH - The LTV Corporation announced that William H. Bricker has resigned as LTV's chairman and chief executive officer. John D. Turner will continue to serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer.
In a letter to the Board of Directors, Mr. Bricker said:
"When I accepted the Board's request to serve as LTV's chairman and chief executive officer it was with the commitment to restructure LTV Steel as competitive steel company and save as many jobs as possible. That has been my sole purpose for the past year. Under extremely difficult conditions we were able to stabilize the Company and continue operation for nearly twelve months. However, the changes needed to restructure LTV Steel were and remain profound. It is very disappointing that we have been unable to realize the degree of change needed to return the company to viability.
"Under the current circumstances I believe that it would be in the best interest of all concerned that I resign as chairman and chief executive officer. I hope this action will enable the Company to move forward in its effort to find an appropriate buyer for the integrated steel business and return these fine facilities to operation.
"I extend my sincere appreciation to our employees who have worked so
diligently to solve the complex problems facing LTV. I appreciate the
involvement and support our efforts received from the State of Ohio, Cuyahoga
County, the City of Cleveland, and our congressional representatives.
And, I am especially grateful to our customers, suppliers and the Cleveland
business community that supported us through these most difficult months."
Swindells Named Chairman at Oregon Steel Mills
Portland OR - Oregon Steel Mills, Inc. has appointed William Swindells to the position of Chairman of the Board. Mr. Swindells succeeds Thomas B. Boklund.
Mr. Boklund, who had held the position of chairman since 1992, resigned from the board for personal reasons.
Mr. Swindells has been a member of the company's board of directors
since 1994. He is currently chairman of the board of Willamette Industries,
a Fortune 500 company. He has held the position of chairman of the board
of Willamette Industries since 1985 and also held the position of CEO
from 1985 until September 1995 and again from November 1997 until December
National Steel Makes Personnel Appointments
Mishawaka, IN - National Steel Corporation has announced the following organizational appointments:
• William E. McDonough - vice president and treasurer.
Nucor to Buy Trico Assets
Charolotte, NC - Nucor Corporation announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase substantially all of the assets of Trico Steel Company, LLC for $120 million. Trico Steel Company, LLC is in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding, having ceased operations in March of 2001. The agreement is subject to approval by the bankruptcy court and the conclusion of a bidding procedure under the auspices of the bankruptcy court as well as a satisfactory resolution by Nucor of due diligence, regulatory approvals, tax matters, and utility, equipment and other contracts.
"The timing for start-up of this facility will depend upon market conditions. When successful, the addition of the Trico assets will be a strong complement to our flat-rolled sheet strategy," said Dan DiMicco, Nucor's president and chief executive officer.
Nischt rejoins Babcock Wilcox
Barberton,OH - Walter Nischt has rejoined The Babcock Wilcox Company (B) as director of its Environmental Equipment Business Unit.
IPSCO Raises Plate Prices
Lisle, IL - IPSCO Inc. announced that it has raised the price of its steel plate and wide coil products for all new orders for shipment in the U.S. starting January 2002. The $20 per ton increase applies to all mill plate products (both discrete and cut from coil) and to coiled steel in widths 84 inches and greater shipped to US customers.
"This increase is only a partial restoration of the price of steel plate
in the USA market" said John Tulloch, Senior Vice President and Chief
Commercial Officer for the Company. "Plate and wide coil prices have deteriorated
by many times this amount in the face of low priced imported product and
deteriorating market conditions," he continued, "and it is appropriate
to start the return of plate and wide coil product prices to a more sustainable
level for both our customers and for IPSCO."
Timken Ups Steel Bar Prices
Canton, OH - The Timken Company announced a five percent price increase on carbon and alloy steel bar products effective with new orders received after December 12, 2001 or scheduled for shipment on or after February 4, 2002.
"We anticipate rising costs as we enter next year," said Robert N. Keeler, director - steel sales - North and South America. "This increase is necessary to cover those expected increased costs and to enable us to continue providing the level of service expected by our customers."
A&L Iron and Metals Automates Record Keeping
Gaylord, MI - A&L Iron & Metal is the latest company to choose Mayer's Materials Manager recycling management solution to help manage its business from Mayer Information Technology Inc., Markham, Ontario, Canada, A & L will utilize Materials Manager and Scale Manager to manage its recycling operations coupled with ACCPAC for accounting. This installation will also include their 2 remote yard locations tied into Materials Manager utilizing Mayer's Polling Manager.
Environmental Research and Education Foundation Elects Officers
Washington, DC - During its annual meeting the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) held elections for officers and director seats that were set to expire. The meeting was held in November in Alexandria, Virginia.
Robert J. Reithmiller, Jr., was elected to the board of directors of EREF for a three-year term. He is president of the Philadelphia Tramrail Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The following officers were re-elected to one year terms: chairman, Ronald J. McCracken, president, Bes-Pack, Inc., Easley, South Carolina; vice chairman, Donald F. Morrehead, Jr., chairman and CEO,EarthCare Company, Dallax, Texas; and secretary-treasurer, Robert P. Stearns, PE, DEE, president and CEO, SCS Engineers, Long Beach, California.
The following board members were re-elected to three-year terms: Deborah Hockman, PhD, senior vice president of operations, Silliker Laboratories, Inc., Homewood, Illinois; Jacques Petry, chairman and CEO, Sita, Nanterre Cedex, France; and Lonnie C. Poole, Jr., chairman and CEO, Waste Industries, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina.
Ted Flood, CEO (retired), International Baler Corporation, Jacksonville, Florida, was elected to director emeritus.
River Metals Purchases Louisville Scrap
Cincinnati, OH - River Metals Recycling (RMR), a wholly owned venture of the Cincinnati, Ohio based David J. Joseph Company, finalized its acquisition of the assets of Progress Rail's Louisville Scrap Material (LSM) Division on November 19, 2001. The acquisition includes the Lexington Road nonferrous operations next to the former Klempner Brothers yard and the ferrous processing operations along the Ohio River.
Insurance Auto Auction Adds Online Replacement Part Search
Schaumburg, IL - Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc., a provider of automotive salvage and claims processing services in the United States, announced the addition of a replacement parts locating service through its website. This unique and exclusive value-added service will enable buyers to search nationwide for the availability and average pricing of recycled OEM parts gathered by NextPart, Inc., an Evanston, Illinois-based Internet parts seller.
Through this new service, buyers can quickly determine the approximate cost of the parts required to repair a rebuildable vehicle and can order those specific parts by calling NextPart directly. Dismantlers will also benefit from obtaining the average selling price for parts that can be sold from a vehicle.