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Wendt Corporation was formed on July 15, 1977 by Thomas A. Wendt to initially provide parts and service, engineering and consulting services to the scrap metal recycling industry. Although these core values remain, Thomas A Wendt’s entrepreneurial vision of becoming a manufacturer would come to fruition. Today, Wendt, still family owned and operated, has grown into a world leading manufacturer and systems integrator of automobile shredding and nonferrous separation equipment.

Throughout their 40 years, Wendt has manufactured and installed equipment all over the world.

Published in the September 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

Bunting Magnetics Co., a magnet and magnetic equipment design, manufacturing and distribution company, announced the appointment of Bill Wagner to the company’s executive leadership team as the chief financial officer. Wagner brings two decades of experience to Bunting Magnetics, including an extensive background in accounting and finance in the manufacturing sector.

Wagner will oversee financial reporting, budgets, accounting and human resources for all Bunting Magnetics divisions: Bunting Magnetics Co. (Newton, Kansas); Bunting’s Magnet Materials Division, including its e-commerce site buymagnets.com (Elk Grove Village, Illinois); Magnet Applications, Inc. (DuBois, Pennsylvania); and Bunting Magnetics Europe (Berkhamsted, England, including the company’s recent acquisition of Master Magnets Ltd. in Redditch, England).

Based in Newton, Kansas, Wagner draws on over 20 years of experience in accounting, budgeting, forecasting and analysis. Most recently, he was chief financial officer at Physicians Development Group/Axiom Healthcare, a developer/operator of world-class senior healthcare facilities. His experience also reaches into manufacturing as the assistant corporate controller for Spirit Aerosystems, a manufacturer of aerostructures for both commercial and defense customers.

Published in the September 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

Upstate Shredding – Ben Weitsman of New Castle has hired George Ostendorf, a tenured veteran in the metals recycling industry. Ostendorf has been named as the new general manager of Ben Weitsman of New Castle.

As general manager, Ostendorf will be responsible for overseeing and managing all operations and employees at Ben Weitsman of New Castle, a division of Upstate Shredding. He will work to improve and enforce all company policies and practices, and ensure that industry standards are exceeded.

Ostendorf will be directly involved in all aspects of the operation of the New Castle facility by providing management and leadership, guaranteeing that the highest levels of ethical conduct and professional standards are maintained by all company personnel at all times.  

Prior to joining Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling, Ostendorf spent just under a decade with scrap company Metalico. During that time, he managed Metalico’s operations in Rochester and Buffalo, selling nonferrous metals and building dealer and industrial relationships. He oversaw 150 employees and helped generate $80 million in sales. Five years ago, he moved to Austin, Texas to open his own yard, Worth Metal Recycling. Ostendorf is a Buffalo native, and he’s excited to return to the northeast, along with his family. 

Published in the September 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

OnSSI has named Steve Lenox as its Mid-Atlantic regional manager as part of the company’s revitalized growth initiative for continued success, and to further improve customer support and service. A seasoned professional surveillance and security expert, Lenox has spent more than two decades designing and deploying advanced physical security and video surveillance solutions for large enterprise and U.S. government customers.

Lenox has been firmly entrenched in safety and security throughout his career, which began with providing physical security at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Following his service in the military, Lenox explored several business opportunities, including digitizing blueprints, maps and documents using scanning and network technology for companies like Bethlehem Steel, Philadelphia Gas and Light and TVA.

For the past 25 years, Lenox has designed and provided low-voltage security solutions for residential and commercial customers, and has remained on the leading edge of network video technologies since 1999. Since the early 1990s, he has worked for, trained and/or designed video solutions for Apple, Costco, DARPA, Dedicated Micros, Hanwha Techwin America, Honeywell, the National Weather Service, OpenEye, Toshiba, Tyco, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Postal Inspectors, the U.S. State Department, and many others.

Published in the September 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

As Texas faces transportation infrastructure upgrades and ever changing environmental regulations and challenges, Burns & McDonnell hires Dennis Ingram to help manage roadway improvement projects and Amanda Breitling to lead its regional Environmental Services team.

Ingram has more than 20 years of industry experience, including roadway design, project management, quality assurance, development of roadway plans and specifications and site/civil projects. He has supported more than 20 projects throughout his career, including several multimillion and multibillion dollar projects. Ingram is a registered professional engineer in Texas. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Howard University.

Breitling joins the firm’s growing team of more than 450 environmental professionals focused on providing integrated services from planning and permitting to remediation, demolition and decommissioning for clients in Texas and nationwide. She has more than 15 years of experience in environmental compliance, project management and due diligence services for air, hazardous waste and water media. Throughout her career, she has managed or performed more than 350 environmental site assessments and subsurface investigations. Breitling is a registered environmental manager and professional geoscientist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Texas Christian University.

Published in the September 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

Cox and The Trust for Public Land named Bob Byrnes as California’s 2017 Cox Conserves Hero. California Native Plant Society, Byrnes’ nonprofit beneficiary, will receive $10,000. Byrnes was among the three finalists who were nominated by the public then chosen by local judging panels and went to compete in an online public vote for the title of California’s Cox Conserves Hero.

Byrnes leads the restoration efforts for the San Diego Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Not only does he invest his personal time to the organization’s efforts, he also sets aside time to encourage and train other volunteers on best practices. Byrnes and his team of dedicated volunteers spend countless hours removing invasive plants that could potentially harm wildlife.

The two runners-up will each receive $5,000 for their nonprofits of choice. Maria Martinez selected Environmental Health Coalition as her nonprofit of choice; Azarel Garcia chose Living Coast Discovery Center.

The Cox Conserves Heroes awards program was created through a partnership with The Trust for Public Land and Cox Enterprises, the parent company of Cox Communications.

Published in the September 2017 Edition of American Recycler News