TXI Chaparral Steel Receives 2003 "Distinguished Recycler Award"

California Scrap Tire Conference

JANRT Develops Portable Scrap Tire Processor

Columbus McKinnon Reports Fiscal 2003 Fourth Quarter

Angstrom, Inc. Releases New Spectrometer

Bethlehem Steel Assets Purchase Complete

John Deere Introduces Two New Excavators

Automotive Parts Associates Host Their Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada

Wastequip Introduces Hook-It Hook Hoists

New Program Manager Appointed by SWANA

Management E-newsletter Available from Ron Sturgeon

Symons Corporation Denver Acquired by CMC

Galbreath Dealer Network Expands To Include Southern Truck

John Deere Manufactures its 14,000th H-Series Loader

Morbark Introduces MultiBagger System

Glass Removal Simplified

Alternative Daily Cover Calculator

Casella Waste Systems Acquires Collection Company


TXI Chaparral Steel Receives 2003 "Distinguished Recycler Award"

Dallas, TX— The Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA) presented its 2003 Annual Distinguished Recycler Award to TXI Chaparral Steel Virginia in association with the City of Petersburg, Virginia. SMA Chairman, Phillip Casey, at the SMA Annual Members Conference Luncheon in Washington, D.C., made the presentation in May.

TXI Chaparral Steel Virginia and the City of Petersburg, Virginia, entered into a partnership that created wetlands on a portion of city-owned property being developed as an industrial park. The wetlands that were created satisfied an environmental permit requirement of the Company.


California Scrap Tire Conference

Washington, DC— California's annual scrap tire problems, totaling in the tens of millions, are the focus of state regulators working with the Rubber Manufacturers Association to develop a comprehensive tire conference. The California Integrated Waste Management Board's fifth California Scrap Tire Conference will be held September 2 - 4, 2003 in Sacramento.

Among topics to be discussed at the conference are:

Civil Engineering; Use of Tire Shreds in Landfill Construction; Update on Tire Processing; U.S./Mexico Border Issues; Tire Retreading; Understanding Grant Programs; State Scrap Tire Programs; TDF (Tire Derived Fuel); Ground Rubber: Making Products from Rubber; Markets for Scrap Tire Fiber and Steel; Rubberized Asphalt and others.


JANRT Develops Portable Scrap Tire Processor

Indianapolis, IN— JANRT Tire Recycling Equipment announced it is in the final development phase of building a new "Mobile Tire Reduction System" (MTRS). The MTRS is a portable scrap tire processing unit that accepts tires up to 36" in diameter. The machine then slits, shears and shreds them into 1" TDF (Tire Derived Fuel) size chips. The 1" chips are delivered by conveyor into the hydraulic dump body of the tow vehicle.

"The MTRS was designed for smaller tire operations to create saleable product from their scrap," said Peter Fischer, business development manager for JANRT.

JANRT offers a complete line of scrap tire equipment. A portable machine combines derimming, slitting and shearing into a single, self-contained unit. The equipment is finished-to-order, allowing customers to outfit standard products with numerous options for specific needs.


Columbus McKinnon Reports Fiscal 2003 Fourth Quarter

Amherst, NY— Columbus McKinnon Corporation, a U.S. de-signer and manufacturer of material handling products, announced its financial results for the fiscal 2003 fourth quarter and full year which ended on March 31, 2003.

Columbus McKinnon's fiscal 2003 fourth quarter consolidated net sales from continuing operations were $118.8 million, compared with $114.5 million a year ago, an increase of 3.8%. Income from operations before amortization and restructuring charges was $6.1 million for the fiscal 2003 fourth quarter, compared with $5.8 million in the fourth quarter last year. Fourth quarter fiscal 2003 loss from continuing operations was $8.1 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, compared with a loss from continuing operations of $4.7 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, in the fiscal 2002 fourth quarter. Columbus McKinnon's fiscal 2003 fourth quarter net loss was $8.1 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $129.3 million, or $8.96 per diluted share, for the fiscal 2002 fourth quarter.


Angstrom, Inc. Releases New Spectrometer

Bellevue, MI— Angstrom, Inc. has developed a new, hand-held spectrometer for sorting and analyzing virtually all types of metals.

The MiniSort is a portable arc/spark metal sorter that does not require an external battery pack or complicated set-up. The company claims it is very simple for users to operate. Tests on metal samples are completed in as little as three seconds.

Since the MiniSort relies on the arc/spark method to excite each sample, no x-ray tube or radioactive isotope is required. According to the Angstrom, the MiniSort is the only hand-held analyzer on the market that can analyze and sort aluminum alloys, both wrought and cast. It will also analyze copper, nickel, titanium, cobalt and iron base materials.


Bethlehem Steel Assets Purchase Complete

Cleveland, OH— International Steel Group Inc. announced that it has completed the purchase of the assets of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation.

"This is an important day for ISG. We are now able to serve our customers with a significantly broader line of products and services through a network of conveniently located facilities. ISG began the transition process over six weeks ago with the installation of a Transition Management Team which is maintaining continuity of operation at the former Bethlehem facilities and the satisfaction of customer requirements," said Rodney Mott, president and chief executive officer of ISG.

Mr. Mott expressed his appreciation to the employees of Bethlehem Steel for their cooperation and welcomed them to the ISG family. He also praised the leadership of the United Steelworkers of America for their participation in developing a new tentative labor agreement covering the former Bethlehem employees that is consistent with agreements covering ISG employees.


John Deere Introduces Two New Excavators

Moline, IL— John Deere has added two new C-Series excavator models with the advantage of reduced tail swing. The 13.5-metric-ton model 135C RTS and 22.5-metric-ton 225C LC RTS provide high performance in confined jobsites.

Users of reduced-tail-swing excavators need a productive, cost-saving machine," said Mark Wall, business analysis manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry Company. "Our RTS excavators deliver value and performance to owners who work in close to buildings and other obstructions."

The 135C operates efficiently within a 12-foot track, which means enhanced production and faster cycle times. In addition to urban jobsites, the machines' reduced-tail-swing con-figuration is well suited to highway work, requiring only one lane of traffic to be closed instead of two as with conventional excavators.

The maintenance and durability benefits include a 500-hour oil change interval; 4,000-hour hydraulic oil change interval; powdered metal oil-impregnated bushings; tungsten carbide coated arm surface; and a 500-hour greasing interval.


Automotive Parts Associates Host Their Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada

Lenexa, KS— Automotive Parts Associates (APA) Professionals' Choice Auto Parts hosted their 23rd Annual Shareholders & Manufacturers conference February 27-March 2, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada and proved to be interactive, informative, and educational.

Guest speaker Al Gaspar, AAP president and CEO of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Associations (AAIA), Bethesda, Maryland kicked off the APA Shareholder business session. Mr. Gaspar gave an informative presentation on industry related statistics, Pay on Scan (POS) and the features and benefits of APA's group membership status in the AAIA association.

Vendor recognition awards were presented to those vendors who went beyond the call of duty in 2002 for the members of Automotive Parts Associates, Inc. Chris Jackson,Vice President of AMS Automotive Clutch Systems, accepted the award for "Professional's Choice Vendor of the Year". John Peterson, National Sales Manager of Airtex, accepted the award for "Preferred Vendor of the Year" and Bill Schmidt of Bosch accepted the award for "Approved Vendor of the Year."


Wastequip Introduces Hook-It Hook Hoists

Cleveland, OH— Wastequip, Inc. has introduced the company's newest line of hook hoists with advanced technology and options for specific job applications.

Hook-It hook hoists are available in single, tandem, and multi-axle configurations with capacities ranging from 9,000 pounds up to 60,000 pounds. The new hook hoists can accommodate a wide variety of containers from 8 feet up to 22 feet long and allow one truck to perform multiple functions.

The hoists feature power loading and unloading, improved cycle times and all-above chassis installation. A 62-degree dump angle provides operators with a clean discharge. The Hook-It also tolerates imperfect alignment for easier operation, and counter balance valves in the cylinders deter cylinder run-away. The company offers a 2-year warranty on all hydraulic components. A complete line of containers, equipment platforms, and accessories is also available to fit a variety of work applications.


New Program Manager Appointed by SWANA

Silver Spring, MD— Dr. John Skinner, Executive Director and CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) recently announced the appointment of David Helmecki as Technical Programs Manager. Helmecki started work with the Silver Spring, Maryland based association on April 24.

Helmecki brings nearly 20 years of experience to his new position at SWANA, including overseeing the construction of 200 TPY MRF, as well as construction/operation of a 45 acre/13 TPY compost facility for Prince George's County; providing recycling technical assistance to Caribbean Island communities as member of Clean Islands International; working in Prince George's County as the program manager on solid waste and recycling routing, marketing, special wastes, and legislative policy.


Management E-newsletter Available from Ron Sturgeon

Fort Worth, TX— Beginning June 1, 2003, Ron Sturgeon announced that he will publish a free Auto Recycling Management E-newsletter to those recyclers and other interested parties who request it. The newsletter will include his latest observations on the auto salvage and recycling business climate, new developments in the industry, and his latest thoughts on how to improve operations in the auto recycling business. There will be no charge for this newsletter, and it is available to any interested party. Topics expected to be covered in the newsletter over the next year include the following:

•Installation of scalable systems to allow you to grow while not letting the business control you
•Tips on running multiple locations, buying best practices and inventory turns
•Pay-for-performance in virtually all categories, extended warranty sales
•Accounting, inventory valuation, and cost-of-goods issues
•Marketing and strategic planning, family succession issues
•Buy-outs, acquisitions and divestitures, condemnations and other zoning or valuation issues

Ron Sturgeon, a consultant to the industry and co-author of How To Salvage Millions From Your Small Business, will generate the newsletter quarterly. To sign up, simply visit autosalvageconsultant.com.


Symons Corporation Denver Acquired by CMC

Dallas, TX— Commercial Metals Company acquired substantially all of the operating assets of the Denver location of Symons Corporation, a concrete formwork supplier servicing construction needs throughout the Rocky Mountain States. This business will be a part of CMC's Construction-Related Products division, which is comprised of 28 operations located in the southeast and southwest United States. The Construction Related Products Division is headquartered at Houston-based Shepler's.

Established in 1965, the Denver branch had become a flagship operation for Symons' network of sales and rental outlets. In the near-term, the facility will operate as Symons-Shepler's. Mark Starek has been named the branch manager.


Galbreath Dealer Network Expands To Include Southern Truck

Winamac, IN— Galbreath, Inc. welcomes Southern Truck Equipment, Inc. to its nationwide dealer network. Southern Truck Equipment is located in Arizona with two locations in Phoenix and Tucson.

Galbreath's newest dealer will carry its full line of waste handling equipment including roll-off cable hoists, roll-off trailers, hook hoists, containers, self-dumping hoppers, waste compactors, and aftermarket parts.

"We look forward to a long and mutually successful relationship with Southern Truck Equipment," said Greg Podell, president of Galbreath.

Southern Truck Equipment is located at 4102 East Elwood Street in Phoenix and at 4444 East Tennessee Street in Tucson.


John Deere Manufactures its 14,000th H-Series Loader

Moline, IL— John Deere has reached another milestone in its 166-year history with its 15,000th H-Series loader assembled at its Davenport, Iowa, 9001 ISO facility. Company personnel and Dave Pate, the head of operations for Pate Construction Co., Inc., Pueblo West, Colorado, who purchased the 644H, were on hand to mark the manufacturing plateau.

According to Dave Pate, his company has operated H-Series loaders for many years in its 200-plus machine and vehicle fleet and haven't experienced any major mechanical problems.


Morbark Introduces MultiBagger System

Winn, MI— Morbark, Inc. announced the introduction of a new bagging system to complement its full line of wood and organic waste processing equipment. A licensing agreement has been signed with the Sandbagger Corporation giving Morbark exclusive manufacturing and marketing rights in the organic recycling industry for the patented MultiBagger system.

"From our position as the leading manufacturer of grinding, shredding, chipping and screening equipment, we felt this product was a perfect fit," said John Foote, Morbark vice president, sales and marketing. "The MultiBagger is part of Morbark's ongoing effort to expand our product line and offer customers the most complete wood and organic recycling systems," he added.

The MultiBagger is designed to quickly and affordably bag a variety of organic products, including landscaping mulch, compost, soil products, manure, gravel, sand and more. According to Morbark, with three operators working simultaneously, the unit can produce in excess of 1000 bags per hour.


Glass Removal Simplified

Sleepy Hollow, IL— Induction Innovations, LLC has released the Inductor DLX for fast, safe removal of automotive glass for recycling. The Inductor family of flameless heat tools empowers the technician to perform fast, safe removal of any glass panel bonded to metal and in most cases, without any damage to the part.

According to the company, any part adhered to metal with adhesives can be easily removed by heating the metal with a magnetic field from the Inductor DLX, which in turn softens the adhesive and releases its bond. Current passes from the Inductor, through the part in a highly centralized path, heating only the immediate area of the metal.

Unlike oxy/acetylene torches, the Inductor also allows operators to heat metal in tight areas without removing plastic parts that may be in close proximity to the area being heated. Cold metal can be instantly pre-heated to install adhesive stripes, moldings, etc., as well.

A number of today's auto parts are held in place with adhesives. Many auto recyclers prepare vehicles for recycling by removing these parts, a time consuming but necessary step in maximum recovery of resources. The Inductor DLX renders much less effective, old techniques obsolete.


Alternative Daily Cover Calculator

Erie, MI— New Waste Concepts, Inc. announced the availability of an on-line calculator to determine savings from use of their ProGuard SB alternative daily cover product. Landfill and transfer station operators can access the calculator on the company's website at www.nwci.com.

The calculator accepts user input of just seven variables, including area of treatment, days of operation, depth of cover, compaction, freight and tipping charges, then calculates associated costs for comparison.

ProGuard SB - a single component system - is an alternative daily cover blended from polymer and recycled fibers that provide overnight protection without the need for two or more dry components. According to New Waste Concepts, ProGuard SB is unique in that the engineered polymers and recycled fibers are combined into one dry component that eliminates fine powders and dusts. The single bag blend is simply mixed with water or leachate. The resultant slurry can be applied with a ConCover All Purpose Sprayer (CAPS) or similarly modified hydroseeder.

New Waste Concepts offers a complete line of products backed by intensive research and development to organizations involved in waste disposal, environmental remediation and transportation.


Casella Waste Systems Acquires Collection Company

Rutland, VT— Casella Waste Systems, Inc. announced that it has completed the "tuck-in" acquisition of a solid waste collection company in its upper Connecticut River Valley market.

The company has purchased the assets of All-Waste Services, which provides waste and recyclables collection and hauling services in the Lebanon, New Hampshire; White River Junction, Vermont; and Bellows Falls, Vermont markets. The company said the purchase price was approximately $4.3 million.