Dumpsites Cleared in State Forest

Weyerhaeuser Contests Alder Lawsuit Decision

Environmental Certification Awarded to Smurfit-Stone

Wastequip's Power-Pak™ Unveiled at Waste Expo

Nordstrom's Automotive Joins QRP-Great Lakes

Allied Waste Offers $300 Million in Notes

Casella Waste Systems Acquires Statewide Carting

AIMA Elects Myles McKemie as President

North Star Steel Assets Acquired by Nucor Corp.

IMCO Recycling Appoints Tobin Clark, Senior VP

SalvageSale Enhances Website Auction Formats

Galbreath Produces It's 20,000th Roll-off Hoist

KBF Appoints New CEO


Dumpsites Cleared in State Forest

Harrisburg, PA— Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Michael DiBerardinis announced that volunteers removed nearly 12 tons of debris and tires from illegal dumpsites in Tuscarora State Forest, Juniata County, as part of the state's Forest Lands Beautification Program.

Bulky furniture items, car parts, household trash and 474 tires were removed by 35 volunteers from a section of the site on Route 333, which stretches for three miles from Hawstone to Denholm. Because of the large amount of heavy trash on the steep and rocky slope, Environmental Restoration Inc. of Courtdale removed the heavier items and debris from the site over the weeks following the volunteer cleanup March 22.

As a deterrent to future dumping in this area, PennDOT installed an earthen berm behind the guide rail at the top of the mountain and at all other pull-off areas along the three-mile stretch. Additionally, landowners and local residents will be monitoring the area.


Weyerhaeuser Contests Alder Lawsuit Decision

Federal Way, WA— Weyerhaeuser Company believes that a number of issues erroneously led a jury to rule against Weyerhaeuser in an antitrust suit involving alder logs in the Pacific Northwest. The company is vigorously contesting the verdict.

Weyerhaeuser has taken a non-cash, after tax charge of $52 million, or 23 cents per share, against first quarter earnings to cover the damages awarded by the jury.

“We continue to believe that we competed fairly in the marketplace,” said Robert A. Dowdy, vice president and general counsel. “Based on this belief, we are vigorously pursuing every opportunity to have this decision reversed.”


Environmental Certification Awarded to Smurfit-Stone

Chicago, IL— Smurfit-Stone announced that the company's U.S. wood procurement operations are now certified under both the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 Environmental Management standards and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) standards. Both the ISO Environmental Management and SFI certifications recognize the company’s superior wood procurement policies and management practices.

The ISO and SFI standards are widely respected, rigorous and recognized around the world. To receive these certifications, Smurfit-Stone's forest management program passed an independent third party audit by the environmental auditing firm, Bureau Veritas Quality International. The SFI program includes a comprehensive system of principles, objectives and performance measures that integrate the growing and harvesting of trees with sound environmental stewardship.

Smurfit-Stone receives the majority of its wood fiber from private non-industrial forest landowners. The company helps to educate these small family business owners about sustainable forestry, promotes the use of silvicultural Best Management Practices, and encourages the use of trained loggers. Smurfit-Stone’s certification will be effective for three years, with yearly surveillance visits.


Wastequip's Power-Pak™ Unveiled at Waste Expo

Cleveland, OH— Wastequip's newest product, the Power-Pack™ compactor line, will be shown at the Waste Expo in June.

The new series includes a large variety of models, sizes, and capacities for numerous applications. They are constructed with leak resistant features and a heavy-duty superstructure.


Nordstrom's Automotive Joins QRP-Great Lakes

By becoming a partner in the QRP-Great Lakes Group, Nordstrom's will now have the ability to furnish their parts to automotive repair facilities all across Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan's upper peninsula through the QRP network.

Nordstrom's has been in the auto recycling business since 1969 and employs 55 people. Located just outside of Garretson, South Dakota, the company is currently handling over 2,500 late model salvage vehicles annually. Dismantling that volume of vehicles produces a tremendous amount of high quality recycled auto parts inventory. In addition, Nordstrom's is a part of the VRG (Vehicle Recyclers Group), which consists of six independently owned recycling businesses across the country.

Five Nordstrom's delivery vehicles and a fully equipped modern shipping facility are used regularly, assisting automotive repair facilities across southeast South Dakota, northwest Iowa, Northeast Nevada and southwest Minnesota by delivering ordered parts to their door. They are also now developing a system that provides deliveries to designated drop points in the Twin Cities metro area once a week. Nordstrom's will deliver locally and will not hesitate to ship worldwide.


Allied Waste Offers $300 Million in Notes

Scottsdale, AZ— Allied Waste Industries, Inc. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Allied Waste North America, Inc. is commencing an offering of $300 million in senior notes due 2013 under the company's existing shelf registration statement. Allied Waste intends to use the proceeds from the proposed sale of these senior notes to repay amounts outstanding under its existing bank credit facility as stated in its previously announced financing plan.


Casella Waste Systems Acquires Statewide Carting

Rutland, VT— Casella Waste Systems, Inc., a regional, non-hazardous solid waste services company, announced that it has acquired a residential and commercial hauling company in its eastern Massachusetts market.

Casella said it purchased Statewide Carting, Inc., based in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. Statewide serves customers in northern and eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire and has annual revenues of approximately $3.3 million. The company said the purchase price was approximately $2.9 million.

"One of our most important strategic efforts is to densify our existing assets in our core markets," John W. Casella, chairman and chief executive officer of Casella Waste Systems, said. "The purchase of Statewide Carting tucks in nicely with our existing operations in that market."



AIMA Elects Myles McKemie as President

Annapolis, MD— At their 30th annual meeting in Tennessee, the Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association (AEMA) elected Myles McKemie to the office of president for the 2003-2004 term.

McKemie is the Vice President of Marketing for Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions in Austin, Texas. He has knowledge of all types of emulsion manufacturing.


North Star Steel Assets Acquired by Nucor Corp.

Charlotte, NC— Nucor Corporation announced that its subsidiary Nucor Steel Kingman, LLC, has completed the purchase of substantially all of the operating assets of the Kingman, Arizona steel facility of North Star Steel for $35,000,000. The purchase price did not include working capital and Nucor assumed no material liabilities of the North Star operation.

The Kingman facility has an annual melting capacity of 650,000 tons; however, the melt shop has not operated since January 2000. The state-of-the art rebar and wire rod rolling facility was idled by North Star earlier this month. Rolling capacity exceeds 500,000 tons annually. "North Star stopped operating this facility because it could not find a way to make the facility economically viable," said Dan DiMicco, Nucor's Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

"We will immediately begin discussing issues with state and local authorities, as well as with potential suppliers to find the most effective solution for profitably operating the plant. We have made no decisions on restarting the melt shop and will not begin operations until the proper engineering, financial, operating and state and local tax issues have been settled."


IMCO Recycling Appoints Tobin Clark, Senior VP

Irving, TX— IMCO Recycling Inc. announced that Tobin Clark has joined the company as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary.

Mr. Clark was previously general counsel for Ascension Capital Group, Arlington, Texas.

Earlier in his career, he worked 12 years for American Airlines, Inc., Fort Worth, where he became senior attorney and assistant corporate sec-retary. In that position Mr. Clark had significant responsibility for mergers and acquisitions, strategic joint ventures, international business transactions, outsourcing contracts and technology licensing and software development agreements. In addition, he was lead attorney for the AAdvantage program.


SalvageSale Enhances Website Auction Formats

Houston, TX— SalvageSale, Inc., an online salvage marketplace and salvor services provider for the claims recovery and commercial salvage markets, launched a newly enhanced website. This enhancement streamlines procedures, allows greater buyer accountability, and offers more flexibility to both buyers and sellers.

Designed in direct response to users' feedback, the site has a new look that combines the services and marketplace sections, introduces new tools to reduce cycle time, such as the powerful new Listing Wizard™, establishes a new standard fee schedule, and merges the old auction formats
into one efficient process called bidXchange™.

With the new site, users can organize services files and salvage listings, view history, and sort and report by claim, all in one location. To simplify and accelerate the listing process, the newly designed Listing Wizard provides users with intuitive steps for creating pre-formatted product listings. In addition, the bidXchange™ auction offers sellers a new option, Automatic Bid Selection. This feature reduces time spent monitoring auctions by having the high bid automatically selected on their behalf. The seller may still accept any bid, regardless if it is the highest, or decline all bids.

A new standard fee schedule has been introduced. The fee schedule not only creates flexibility and significant benefit for larger transactions, but also aligns the overall pricing model with those activities that generate the most value for the user. Changes have also been made to the escrow process that will accelerate settlements and shorten overall cycle time.


Galbreath Produces It's 20,000th Roll-off Hoistp

Winamac, IN— Galbreath, Inc. announced the production of its 20,000th roll-off cable hoist. The company has been producing roll-off hoists since 1971.

The first Galbreath hoist built that year is still in use today after being re-mounted four times on different truck chassis. Today, Galbreath produces a full line of cable hoists in both truck-mounted and roll-off trailer styles. Although Galbreath also manufactures roll-off containers, its hoists are designed to accommodate most other manufacturers' containers as well.

"We thank our customers, dealers, and employees for making this important milestone possible," stated Greg Podell, president of Galbreath, Inc. "We look forward to the next 20,000 hoists as we continue to maintain the same high standards and quality that have made Galbreath the industry leader."


KBF Appoints New CEO

Paterson, NJ— KBF Pollution Management, Inc., a waste recovery company that recycles and mines metallic commodities from industrial wastes, has appointed John Armas to its chief financial post. Mr. Armas will oversee the Company's finances and play an integral role in the rapid scaling of its business model. Upon the completion of KBF's pending merger with Veridium Corporation, Mr. Armas will hold the post of chief financial officer of Veridium.

Mr. Armas commented, "Our green technologies are expected to dem-onstrate results markedly different than those of our competitors. I am extremely excited to be a part of this process."