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  • Green Business Certification launches waste rating system

    Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), an organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally, unveiled TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency), the new brand identity for its zero waste rating system.

  • Hyundai Construction Equipment to donate $50,000 for hurricane relief

    Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, Inc., said it is supporting Hurricane Harvey relief efforts through an immediate $50,000 corporate donation to the United Way of Greater Houston. The company is calling on its construction equipment and forklift dealers throughout North America to join in this fundraising effort before the end of the month.

  • A Closer Look | JULY 2017 Cherry Companies with Leonard Cherry

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    Leonard Cherry, the owner of Cherry Companies, described the founding of the company in a very simple way – his parents started a house moving business in 1952 with their four sons. “I’m number two,” Cherry said. “We were all raised in the business.”

    While house moving didn’t involve people’s household possessions – the company moved whole houses – Cherry noted that if people left possessions in the house, they were moved right along with it. One memorable move included a grandma who rode along on the porch during the move.

    House moving wasn’t enough work, so “we looked for business opportunities for expansion.” Over the years, the company added more and more services including demolition and interior gut-outs. In the early 1990s, the company opened its environmental company that handled asbestos abatement.

    In 1993, the industrial division opened, followed by concrete recycling. Cherry said that they always focused on ways to re-use or recycle everything, so nothing was wasted.

    The expansions continued, adding more services like commercial demolition and industrial dismantling as well as new equipment, like a portable crusher. In 2001, they got involved in the stabilizer business, where concrete, aggregate and water are mixed to make a ground stabilizing mixture.

    Now, the company no longer moves houses, and instead focuses on recycling materials like concrete, asphalt, tires, aggregate and metal while they continue with crushing, dismantling and demolition.

    Cherry said that “it’s been a natural progression” from one business and one material to the next. “We were recycling before it became a buzzword,” he said. Looking towards the future, he said the company will continue doing the things they’ve always done, asking “what’s the long term plan?” and moving the company into the third generation of ownership.

    “We continue to look for business opportunities that connect with what we do,” Cherry said. Expansion is likely to be about new products and industries, rather than geographically, since he said that recycling tends to be “regional and not national.”

    That philosophy has worked well. “Our business has grown every year for the past 22 years, except 2008,” Cherry said. He expects an eight percent growth rate for this year by “expansion of output rather than the newest widget.”

    Although Cherry wants to recycle every bit of material, he said that landfill disposal fees can affect customers’ interest in recycling. However, “we will continue to add items we can recycle at a profit.” And that’s the key. “If it costs $5 to put it in a hole or $8 to recycle, what are you going to do?” he said.

    The company remains a family business, with two brothers-in-law, two sons-in-law, and one aunt working. But that doesn’t mean that it’s a free ride for family members. “Family will get you hired, but it will not prevent you from getting fired,” he said.

    While it’s still a family company, it’s no longer small. As Cherry said, it started with “Mom, dad, and we 4 boys, and we were the crew,” and now the company has 300 employees, 3 portable recycling plants, 5 permanent recycling facilities, and 10 pug mills. Cherry said that they’re the largest recycler in the state of Texas and one of the top 10 demolition companies in the country.

    The demolition work provides raw material for the stabilizing material the company sells, but that’s not enough for their needs so they buy about half of the raw materials from their competitors in the demolition industry. The finished material is sold for pipe bedding, for road grading and temporary roads, and for construction sites.

    Recycled aggregate, another important part of the business, has the same specs as new material, Cherry said. They sell eight different types of aggregate material along with two types of recycled asphalt.

    Cherry said that the good thing about the recycling industry is that it converts a waste stream into a commodity that can be sold. In his market, he can afford to pay for asphalt and concrete, while he accepts roofing shingles for free – which is still better than paying to have them landfilled.

    Sometimes it’s not enough to be able to recycle the materials, though – there has to be a willing market for them. Cherry said that right now recycled asphalt products can be a tough sell because oil prices are relatively low, so the company is working on establishing new markets for the materials.

    “I love my job,” Cherry said. “I love the interaction with co-workers while we try to solve a new problem or find a new market. I like the people and I like the challenge.”

    He also credits the employees for the company’s success. “Our business model has exceeded everything beyond my wildest expectations,” Cherry said. “Primarily because of our employees.”

    Published in the July 2017 Edition of American Recycler News


  • Totem Equipment and Supply new Bandit dealer

    Bandit Industries Inc. welcomed Totem Equipment and Supply to the company’s growing dealership network. Located in Anchorage, Totem Equipment will offer sales, parts and service for Bandit hand-fed wood chippers and stump grinders.

    Serving Alaska’s construction industry since 1961, Totem Equipment offers a wide range of experience among their staff, including specialized Bandit parts and service training.

    Published in the June 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • C1S Group constructs Dallas Recycling Plant

    Plastic recycler CarbonLITE has engaged C1S Group as the primary contractor for the construction of its new North Texas recycling facility.

  • Construction employment increased by 58,000, showing continued growth

    Construction employment increased by 58,000 jobs in February to the highest level since November 2008.

  • Romco Equipment joins Atlas Copco’s as dealer

    Atlas Copco Construction Equipment welcomed Romco Equipment Co. to its growing dealer network. The Texas based company will rent, sell and service Atlas Copco compressors, generators and light towers to meet customer demands for portable energy equipment across the state.

    Romco serves the heavy construction and mining industries in Texas. Expanding its line of equipment to include Atlas Copco compressors, generators and light towers, allows Romco to serve additional industries, including oil and gas refineries and shipyards.

    Romco Equipment Co. sells replacement parts and attachments as well as provides maintenance and full refurbishment for worn equipment.

    Romco’s Texas branch locations include Austin, Buffalo, Carmine, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Longview, Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio.

    Published in the May 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Zero net energy by New Buildings Institute

    Architecture firm Siegel & Strain reports that two of the firm’s projects are listed on the recently released list of 20 verified zero net (ZNE) energy buildings in California.

  • CMAA president and CEO to retire

    After serving association members and the construction industry for 18 years, Bruce D’Agostino, president and chief executive officer of CMAA, has will retire in 2017 once a successor has been chosen.

  • Recycled copper and brass markets are improving

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    During the past few years, the increased use of copper for innovative strategies combined with a strong growth in emerging economies, has resulted in significantly higher copper demand.

  • Chicago Pneumatic welcomes new personnel

    Chicago Pneumatic Construction Equipment (CP) has added three new members to their team with the appointments of Jonathan Cook to vice president, Holly Boutot to marketing communications manager and Justin McKenzey to area sales manager for the Southeast.

    All three appointments are effective immediately.

    Cook takes over for John Vogel, who is retiring after holding the position for the past eight-plus years. As vice president, Cook’s responsibilities include assisting in developing and implementing sales and marketing activities to achieve CP brand targets and goals. He will also identify, develop and manage sales.

    Cook brings nearly 20 years of experience with Atlas Copco, where he held positions as a business development manager and regional sales manager.

    Holly Boutot will be responsible for positively promoting the name, image and reputation of CP to their customer base, stakeholders and employees.

    Boutot comes to CP from Atlas Copco Compressors LLC, where she collected 30 years of experience in marketing and communications.

    Justin McKenzey is the Southeast area sales manager. McKenzey will be responsible for growing all CP product sales through both the rental and dealer channels in his territory.

    Prior to his new position with CP, McKenzey worked with Atlas Copco Construction Equipment as their areas sales manager for rental. He also previously worked with Sunbelt Rentals as a sales associate.

    Published in the March 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Caterpillar to establish headquarters near Chicago

    Caterpillar Inc. will locate a limited group of senior executives and support functions in the Chicago area later this year and reaffirmed the ongoing importance of its presence in Peoria and Central Illinois.

  • Construction employment declined in 110 out of 358 metro areas in 2016

    Construction employment declined in 110 out of 358 metro areas between December 2015 and December 2016, was stagnant in another 65 and increased in 183, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America.

  • Representation in construction up 0.6 percent from last year

    Union representation in the construction industry (covering all occupations) rose from 14.0 percent in 2015 to 14.6 percent in 2016, according to an annual report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

  • Employment in January highest since 2008

    Construction employment increased by 36,000 jobs in January to the highest level since November 2008 as employers increased pay in an effort to address a chronic worker shortage, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America.

  • Seventy-three percent of construction firms plan to expand employment in 2017

    According to the AGC of America (The Associated General Contractors of America), 73 percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2017 as contractors expect private and public sector demand to grow in all market segments, according to survey results released by the Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate.

  • MCA honors outstanding building projects

    The Metal Construction Association (MCA) 2016 Chairmans Awards are given to the year’s most exceptional building projects involving MCA member companies.

  • USA Insulation expands into Toledo, Ohio

    USA Insulation expanded its presence into Toledo, Ohio in the beginning of February.

  • U.S. construction equipment exports down 25 percent

    Exports of U.S. made construction equipment fell 25 percent overall for the first three quarters of 2016 compared to 2015 January – September, for a total $8.2 billion shipped to global markets.

  • AISI publishes new cold formed steel framing research reports

    The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has published three new cold formed steel framing research reports: 1) “RP15-3: Advancing Seismic Simulation of Cold Formed Steel Framed Buildings,” 2) “RP17-1: Experimental Study on System Reliability of Cold Formed Steel Roof Trusses,” and 3) “RP17-2: Monotonic and Cyclic Response of Single Shear Cold Formed Steel-to-Steel and Sheathing-to-Steel Connections.”

  • Solid Ground Homes and Lime Painting settle alleged violations

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disclosed settlements with two Denver-area contractors as part of an ongoing initiative to protect residents of northeast Denver communities from toxic lead paint hazards during home renovations.

  • Reducing waste in the C&D industry

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    Back in October, Austin, Texas passed an ordinance requiring at least 50 percent of unused materials from construction be recycled or reused. Other municipalities are joining suit and mandating recycling rates for construction.

  • Illinois agencies present contractor of the year awards

    The Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association (IRTBA) hosted the 2016 Contractor of the Year Awards, the state’s largest gathering of transportation design and construction professionals.

  • Hyundai Construction Equipment hires Rainwater

    Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas has appointed Scott Rainwater as national service manager. In his new role, Rainwater will lead Hyundai’s district service manager team that supports the company’s North American authorized dealer network for its construction equipment product lines. He also will manage Hyundai’s technical training teams for both construction equipment and forklift.

    Prior to his promotion, Rainwater worked for three years on the Hyundai service team. Before joining Hyundai, Rainwater gained extensive experience as a dealer field service technician for a variety of construction equipment OEMs. He also worked as a dealer service manager in the Atlanta market for 10 years, which provided him with great insight into dealership operations and challenges.

    Published in the August 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • A Closer Look | JUL 2016 DeCarlo Demolition with Dan DeCarlo

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    ­­DeCarlo Demolition might have one of the most humorous taglines in the industry: “Home Wrecking…A Family Tradition Since 1945.”

  • DaVinci Roofscapes recycled 800,000 pounds of polymer in 2015

    DaVinci Roofscapes, a leader in synthetic slate and shake roofing tiles, disclosed that it almost tripled the amount of processed polymer it recycled in 2015 over the previous year.

  • Elimination of irresponsibly sourced products sought

    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) disclosed the quarterly addenda to the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system, which includes a new pilot Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) credit that is designed to further advance environmentally responsible forest management and help rid buildings of illegal wood by promoting the use of wood that is verified to be legal.

  • Equipment Spotlight | MAY 2016 Tub Grinders

  • Construction & demolition recycling expanding

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    Construction and demolition operations tend to produce a tremendous quantity of waste.

  • Cities with the most energy certified buildings named

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has shared its eighth-annual “Top Cities” list, which ranks the 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified commercial buildings in the preceding calendar year with Charlotte ranking 21st.

  • Diamond Commendation Program notes asphalt entities

    Last year, asphalt production facilities, terminals, and paving companies in 49 states and 5 Canadian provinces earned Diamond Commendations, demonstrating their commitment to excellence and best practices.

  • Pennsylvania approves $5.3 million in community grants

    Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development secretary Dennis Davin shared news that $5.3 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding was approved for projects in various Pennsylvania counties.

  • Construction employment rises steadily over latest 12 months

    Forty-three states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between February 2015 and February 2016 while construction employment increased in 27 states between January and February, according to analysis of Labor Department data released by the Associated General Contractors of America.

  • Silica rule’s standard is a missed opportunity

    The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America issued the following statement.

  • Dominion Transmission builds WV’s first privately owned LEED Gold building

    Dominion Transmission Inc.’s new office building has attained Gold status under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, the first privately owned building in West Virginia to achieve such status.

    The highlights of the new building’s features include:

    •90 percent of building occupants have access to outside views from workspace.
    •82 percent of construction waste was recycled and diverted from landfill.
    •70 percent of 2 year building electricity usage purchased with green power renewable energy credits.
    •36 percent designed reduction in water use by installing efficient water toilets, urinals, lavatory faucets, showers and kitchen sinks.
    •31 percent designed energy cost savings.
    •30 percent of cost used for recycled materials.
    •Reflective roof to reduce heat absorption.

    Published in the May 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Sundt Construction named industry’s safest in the nation

    Sundt Construction, Inc. of Tempe, Arizona was named the nation’s safest construction company in 2015 by the Associated General Contractors of America.

  • Greenbuild diverts over 84 percent of waste

    USGBC and Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction and Real Estate have released the 2015 Greenbuild Sustainability Report, highlighting valuable metrics and key benchmarks regarding the impact on energy use and waste management at the 2015 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held last fall at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

  • Norris Asphalt Paving Co. winner of quality award

    The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) named Norris Asphalt Paving Co. of Ottumwa, Iowa, as the winner of the 2015 Sheldon G. Hayes Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement.

  • U.S. EPA requires Southern California contractor to warn residents of lead-based paint dangers

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently fined G.D. Friend, Inc. (operating as Everlast Home Energy Solutions) $28,564 for failing to comply with the federal Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule while performing renovation work at two residential properties in Southern California.

  • Construction spending posts strong year-over-year gains

    Construction spending soared in January from a month earlier and all major segments posted hefty year-over-year gains, pushing the total to the highest level since October 2008, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America.

  • ACT Construction chosen as new Bandit dealer

    ACT Construction Equipment, based in Charleston, North Carolina, has joined Bandit Industries’ growing network of authorized dealers. ACT is stocking Bandit’s compact line with a wide range of hand fed chippers and stumpers in stock and ready to show and demonstrate. They are trained to service hand fed chippers and stump grinders.

    ACT has been in business for more than 40 years with locations in North Carolina – Winston-Salem, Charlotte and Wilmington.

    Published in the April 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Recycling: A crucial component of LEED construction practices

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    For more than a decade, there has been a significant push toward sustainable construction initiatives.

  • Kolberg-Pioneer honored with Founder’s Award

    Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. (KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens) was recently recognized for outstanding performance with the Astec Industries Founder’s Award for 2015.

    The Astec Industries Founder’s Award was established in 2014 to annually recognize the top performing individual subsidiary of Astec Industries. Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. is one of three Astec Industries companies that make up KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens, a worldwide leader in manufacturing equipment for the aggregate, construction and recycling industries.

    Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. is the second Astec Industries company to be honored with the award. Last year, Johnson Crushers International – which is part of KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens – was named recipient of the award.

    Published in the March 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Kevin Kelly chosen as 2016 chairman of NAPA

    Kevin Kelly took his position as the 2016 chairman of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) at a ceremony during the association’s 61st Annual Meeting. As chairman, Kelly is responsible for guiding NAPA’s efforts to support the asphalt pavement industry.

    Kelly is president and chief executive officer of Walsh & Kelly, based in Griffith and South Bend, Indiana. The company operates five permanent asphalt plants and offers civil contracting services, including excavation, grading, and paving, throughout northern Indiana.

    Priorities for Kelly’s term as NAPA chairman include legislative issues, market share concerns, and pavement performance.

    Kelly has long been a strong voice for the asphalt pavement industry, traveling regularly to Capitol Hill to discuss infrastructure and funding issues with members of Congress. He has served on the NAPA legislative and PAC committees since 2007, and he was vice chairman of the MAP-21 Reauthorization Task Force. More recently, Kelly chaired the NAPA Pavement Performance Task Group, which has developed common-sense strategies for mix design and construction practices that can help ensure asphalt pavement performance and durability.

    Published in the March 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Atlas Copco to construct new LEED certified facility

    Atlas Copco is breaking ground on a new 180,000 sq.ft. facility in Rock Hill, South Carolina to meet the growing customer demand. The $20 million project will serve as the new production and assembly facility for Atlas Copco’s North American Construction Technique division. Atlas Copco expects the new facility to open in April 2017.

    Atlas Copco’s new building will be located in one of Rock Hill’s newest mixed use developments, Riverwalk Business Park, and will replace the company’s original facility in Rock Hill.

    Published in the March 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Caterpillar names Rimco dealer for Cuba

    Caterpillar Inc. has selected Rimco, a privately owned Puerto Rico-based company, to be the Cat dealer for Cuba. Currently, Rimco serves as the Cat dealer for Puerto Rico and the Eastern Caribbean. Upon easing of trade restrictions, customers in Cuba will be able to purchase Cat products through Rimco in accordance with U.S. and Cuba regulations.

    Caterpillar, an advocate for change in policy toward Cuba for nearly two decades, will continue its work with the Administration and Congress to end the embargo.

    While steps remain until relations are fully normalized, including lifting the embargo, Rimco and Caterpillar will continue preparations to best serve the Cuban marketplace with construction and mining equipment, power systems, marine and industrial engines.

    Published in the March 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Katy Medical Plaza earns Leed Gold Certification

    Transwestern disclosed that Phase I of Katy Medical Plaza has been awarded Leed® Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Core and Shell™ green building rating system.

  • Backhus and Terra Select sign cooperation agreement

    Backhus, a specialist for professional composting solutions, and the screening machine manufacturer Terra Select have intensified their cooperation under the umbrella of the Eggersmann Group.

  • Recycled materials and reclaimed warm-mix asphalt show steady growth

    Nationwide, asphalt pavement mix producers continue to improve the sustainability profile of America’s roads through the incorporation of recycled materials and the use of energy saving warm-mix asphalt technologies.

  • KAB honors Caterpillar

    Keep America Beautiful honored Caterpillar Inc. and its chairman and chief executive officer, Doug Oberhelman, with the 2015 Vision for America Award in New York City.

  • Atlas Copco appoints new vice president, construction

    Atlas Copco named Jamie Roush as its new vice president/business line manager, Construction Service Division to continue the growth of Atlas Copco’s consumables, parts and service business.

    Roush brings more than 17 years of industry experience to his role and held several positions with Atlas Copco over the last seven years.

    Roush has an undergraduate degree in physics from Muskingum University and attended Cleveland State University for graduate studies in mechanical

    Published in the December 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Construction spending in August reaches highest level since 2008

    Construction spending in August reached a seven year high and climbed at the fastest rate since 2006, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America.

  • September unemployment lowest in 15 years

    The number of unemployed workers with construction experience dropped to the lowest total for September since 2000, as hiring continued to slow despite robust demand for construction, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America.

  • Foamed asphalt used as base course of new travel lane in Maryland

    The new travel lane on US 29 in Columbia, Maryland will have “green” asphalt pavement but drivers will not be able to see a difference.

  • Clifton uses concrete crusher to help city save money

    The Clifton, New Jersey Department of Public Works (DPW) utilized a crusher to break apart a stockpile of concrete pipes, catch basins and blacktop that had accumulated on the public works property over the past three years.

  • Bobcat and Doosan expand headquarters

    Bobcat Company and parent organization Doosan have broken ground on a $9.5 million headquarters expansion in West Fargo, North Dakota.

    Company officials say the expansion to the existing facility will help accommodate growth, drive innovation and improve operations, which are all key to maintaining global leadership.

    Current headquarters houses individuals within several departments of business administration, as well as product development and marketing communications for Bobcat Company and Doosan, a heavy equipment brand. The expansion will double the space and employee capacity, and Bobcat and Doosan will pursue LEED certification for the facility in both design and construction.

    The expansion is slated for completion in late summer 2016.

    Published in the October 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • C & D Scrap Metal opens second location

    C&D Scrap Metal, one of the original scrap metal dealers in Houston, is expanding with a second scrap recycling location slated to open in early Fall 2015 in Northwest Houston.

    Owner and chief executive officer Dennis Laviage and vice president Cynthia Laviage have specialized in sales and service of scrap metal in the greater Houston area since 1979. With a new eight acre location, C&D will create new jobs in Houston and provide convenience to customers in the Northwest Houston area.

    Published in the September 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Cement industry honors leaders in environmental excellence

    Three cement plants received special recognition for their commitment to improving the environment and their communities at the 14th Annual Cement Industry Environment and Energy Awards.

  • Construction spending in May reaches highest level since 2008

    Construction spending climbed in May to the highest level since October 2008, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America.

  • WM recognizes companies for waste reduction

    Waste Management named the winners of the 2015 “Sustainability Circle of Excellence Award,” a recognition given to the top waste reduction customers in the construction industry whose various projects achieved outstanding sustainability milestones.

  • Belmont achieves platinum LEED status

    The Wedgewood Academic Center was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), making Belmont the first University in Tennessee and the first LEED for New Construction project in Nashville to achieve that level, the highest in the LEED ratings system.

  • NAPA honors industry leaders for operational excellence

    The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) honored the winners and finalists of its 2014 Operational Excellence Awards.

  • Dole Packaged Foods achieves LEED Gold

    Dole Packaged Foods disclosed that its North American headquarter building in Westlake Village, California was awarded LEED Gold Certification.

  • Metro areas see higher number of construction workers

    Construction employment expanded in 205 metro areas, declined in 101 and was stagnant in 52 between May 2014 and May 2015, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America.

  • Puerto Rico developer to pay penalty for violations

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with F&R Contractors Corp. and F&R Contractors LLC (F&R) to settle the companies’ alleged violations of requirements to control pollution from stormwater discharges.

  • EPA requires Lehigh Cement to cut toxic discharges to San Francisco Bay

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Justice and the State of California announced a settlement requiring the Lehigh cement plant near Cupertino to reduce toxic discharges of selenium and other metals to Permanente Creek, a tributary of San Francisco Bay.

  • Teardown and rebuilding of blighted cities

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    If there was ever a city that cried out for demolition and construction it’s Detroit. In July 2013, the city filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy with an estimated debt of $18 to $20 billion dollars, making it the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

  • C&D industry: Better days ahead

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    Times are certainly not booming, but the economic outlook for construction and demolition (C&D) contractors are looking brighter.

  • C&D recycling characteristics compiled

    More than 70 percent of the Construction and Demolition (C&D) material generated in the U.S. is recycled, according Dr. Timothy Townsend of the University of Florida, speaking at C&D World 2015, the Annual Meeting of the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA).

  • NAPA pavement awards open

    The National Asphalt Pavement Association’s (NAPA) Awards program began accepting nominations for its Quality in Construction and Operational Excellence Awards.

  • 300,000 lbs. of scrap roofing recycled

    DaVinci Roofscapes, located in Kansas recycles more than 300,000 pounds of polymer roofing tile scraps each year.

  • Keating named Man of the Year

    John J. Keating, president and chief operating officer, East, for Oldcastle Materials, was honored as the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s Man of the Year during a ceremony at the association’s 60th Annual Meeting in Marco Island, Florida.

  • Freeman Chicago facility construction methods noted

    The Freeman Company disclosed that the U.S. Green Building Council has awarded LEED® Silver Certification in the building design and construction rating system for new construction to the Freeman Chicago Facility. Freeman is the first general contractor in the event industry to achieve this status for new construction using sustainable design and construction methods.

    In order to achieve LEED Silver, a building must go above and beyond. Freeman has been recognized for its innovation by using 20 percent less mercury in their lamps, having 33.99 percent of the building’s material content manufactured using recycled materials, and ensuring 95 percent of the building’s wood is Forest Stewardship Council certified. Additionally, the project aimed to utilize its’ local resources. Freeman’s building documented that 41.54 percent of its building materials originate from within a 500 mile radius of the project site.

    With state-of-the-art heating and air conditioning units and fans, all working in unison with the mechanical aspects of a warehouse and office environment, thinking green has driven the facility to reduce energy use overall. Through awareness and system sensors as well as the insulation properties of the facility as a part of the planned build, the Freeman Chicago facility allows for efficient use of energy. This is in effect in every aspect of the operation from motion-activated lighting throughout the facility conserving electricity; natural gas heating; reduced fixture water use; to dust collection and filtering and reduced waste generated by those systems.

    LEED certification of the building was based on a number of green design and construction features designed to save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of the occupants and the surrounding community. In order to become a LEED certified building, the building’s impact is measured using a criterion that includes: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, materials & resources, indoor environment quality, innovation, and regional priority credits.

    The LEED certification requires buildings, and it’s designers to become smarter and more innovative. In fact, LEED projects are responsible for diverting over 80 million tons of waste from landfills. In order to become a LEED Certified Building; the following minimum requirements must be met:

    •Develop an erosion and sedimentation control plan.
    •Consume 20 percent less water than the average building.
    •Participate in a commissioning plan that projects the energy cost savings will be 29 percent.
    •Do not use chlorofluorocarbon (CFCs) in the HVAC system.
    •Create a thorough recycling program.

    Published in the March 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Salvage operators given prison time for asbestos handling

    U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer sentenced five people to prison terms in federal court in Greeneville, Tennessee, for conspiring to commit Clean Air Act offenses in connection with the illegal removal and disposal of asbestos-containing materials at the former Liberty Fibers Plant in Hamblen County, Tennessee.

  • Equipment Spotlight | FEB 2015 Portable Shears

  • Planning for deconstruction: What’s next for construction and demolition recyclers?

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    Buildings today are designed for easy, cost-effective construction, with little attention paid to how costly and difficult it might be to someday demolish structures and recycle construction materials.

  • Successful C&D recycling program preserved

    The EPA’s decision allows construction industry to continue using as much as 30 percent of the coal combustion waste produced annually.

  • Illinois agencies award contractors

    Five major transportation agencies – the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois Tollway, Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), Metra and the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) – along with five county departments of transportation recognized companies that have given taxpayers an exceptional return on their investment by exceeding project expectations.

  • Airport constructs system for runoff

    The Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA), located in Michigan, is constructing a treatment system to remove a deicing agent from the airport’s stormwater runoff before it reaches the Thornapple River in Kent County.

  • Genesis Attachments promotes Justin Palvere

    Genesis Attachments has promoted Justin Palvere to national account manager - demolition.

    In this newly formed role, Palvere, previously the Genesis Southeast regional manager, will develop, manage and maintain programs and services designed to meet the needs of demolition contractors.

    Palvere will also continue in his regional manager role until a successor is named.

    Published in the November 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • IROCK Crushers adds to equipment dealer network

    IROCK Crushers, a mobile screening and crushing equipment manufacturer, has added Construction & Industrial Equipment Corp., Lodi, New Jersey, to its dealer network in the Northeast region.

    In addition to its headquarters in Lodi, Construction & Industrial Equipment has two other locations in the state, one in Ramsey and another in Ringwood.

    Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Construction spending buoys C&D recyclers

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    In March 2006, U.S. spending on construction peaked at an annual rate of $1.2 trillion dollars. By February 2011, as the global financial crisis worked its way through the economy, that figure had slumped to barely $750 billion. Construction and demolition recycling generally tracks spending on construction, so for C&D recyclers that five-year period was largely one of unrelieved cutbacks.