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Agilyx Corporation announced that Joseph Vaillancourt will assume the role of chief executive officer in addition to his role as chairman. Ross M. Patten, who has served as chief executive officer since 2012, will remain on the board of directors and will transition to president.

In addition, William Cooper, who has over 20 years of experience in investment banking in the industrial and cleantech sectors, will assume the role of chief financial officer. These moves, in combination with other planned changes, will allow the company to focus on strategic partnerships and financing relating to the next phase of its growth: scaling its polystyrene recycling technology platform domestically and in certain international markets. As president, Patten will oversee the company’s operations and project development activities related to this next phase of growth.

Vaillancourt brings more than 25 years of operational, financial, and strategic experience in industrial and environmental infrastructure development. He has participated in the financing and commercialization of more than 15 environmental technologies and has worked closely with private equity firms in the energy and industrial sectors. In 2014, Vaillancourt retired from a 15 year tenure with Waste Management Inc. where he held several senior roles across the company and ultimately was involved in creating and managing the company’s corporate venturing activities. Vaillancourt has also held various roles in founding more than 10 companies in a diverse set of industries.

Cooper has spent over 20 years in investment banking with ABN AMRO, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Seven Hills, and Wedbush Securities, specializing in M&A and growth financings across industrial, environmental, cleantech and medtech sectors.

Published in the May 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

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

Nucor Corporation has acquired the assets of Omega Joist, a subsidiary of Samuel, Son & Co., Limited. Omega Joist produces open web steel joists at its manufacturing facility located in Nisku, Alberta, and also has sales offices in western British Columbia and southern Alberta.

Omega Joist has 43 employees, will operate as Vulcraft-Omega and will become part of Nucor’s eleven other production facilities. Nucor plans to add additional products to Vulcraft-Omega’s product portfolio, including steel deck.

Vulcraft-Omega is Nucor’s fifth facility in Alberta, joining three Harris Rebar facilities and one Fisher & Ludlow facility. Vulcraft-Omega teammates join Nucor’s nearly 2000 teammates in Canada.

Published in the April 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

UniCarriers Americas Corporation (UCA) disclosed that one of its suppliers has invested in the UCA relationship by opening operations at the UCA Marengo headquarters. DAVCO Fastener Company supplies hardware and aftermarket parts.

They are the third supplier to open local operations specific to UCA, illustrating  their value of the partnership with UCA.

With the addition of DAVCO as an exclusive supplier, UCA has reduced its number of hardware suppliers from five to one. This provides UCA, dealers, and end customers with multiple benefits, such as: shorter lead times, less inventory and stronger customer service.

Published in the April 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), a provider of global IT asset disposition (ITAD) services, reported the startup of a new subsidiary, Converge Engineering LLC.

Former engineering and technical director of SRS, Rafael Reveles, will lead Converge as president and aims to use his team’s industry experience to service the recycling industry as well as develop data destruction devices to better serve the security and IT asset disposition markets (ITAD).

Converge is headquartered in Roseville, California and also has engineers located in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Baltimore, enabling Converge to provide fully-integrated solutions nationwide. Services offered include providing seamless engineering support from beginning to end including design, fabrication, installation and maintenance.

Besides their core offerings of designing, building and enhancing electronics and metals recycling plants on a large scale, Converge will offer smaller recycling plants to accommodate low volume applications and smaller electronic products. All shredding systems designed by Converge consider safety and environmental performance.

Converge Engineering’s diverse array of talents will incorporate consulting, system integration, 3D point cloud scanning and surveying, 3D drafting, mechanical engineering, electrical and controls design, UL508 control panel building, metal fabrication, and project management to offer a “one-stop shop.”

Published in the April 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

The Vermont Green Business Program (VT GBP) is an environmental assistance and recognition program for businesses in the Green Mountain State that support sustainable business practices.

It is administered by the Vermont Environmental Assistance Office (EAO) of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR). VT GBP is a no-cost, voluntary program that promotes improved environmental and economic performance and enhances public recognition for environmental excellence of Vermont businesses.

From the Program’s inception EAO partnered with the VT Small Business Development Center. Now in the Program’s 17th year, the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) has been selected to help coordinate the Vermont Green Business Program in partnership with EAO.

In addition, NERC is working with the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund to further support the VT GBP.

NERC is a non-profit organization that conducts research, projects, training, and outreach on issues associated with source reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, and environmentally preferable purchasing.

Published in the April 2017 Edition of American Recycler News