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The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities welcomed the addition of two new members to its board of directors – Andrea Tuttle of Arcata, California, and John T. Cooper, Jr. of College Station, Texas.

In addition, two members were re-elected for three-year terms – John Kulhavi of White Lake, Michigan, and Jim Hoolihan of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Officers being re-elected to terms for 2015 are Tamar Datan, vice chair of Leesburg, Virginia; and Jon Voigtman, treasurer of Summit, New Jersey. John Weaver of Augusta, Georgia continues as the board chairman for the second year of a two year term.

Tuttle, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, is an independent consultant. Tuttle currently serves as chair of the board of directors of the Pacific Forest Trust and consults in South East Asia and China on sustainable forest management and climate change.

Cooper holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina and is an associate professor of the Practice, Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, and director of the Texas Target Communities Program, Texas A&M University. He is a former program director with MDC, Inc. in Durham, North Carolina, and past planning specialist with the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management.

Published in the January 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Navistar, Inc. is restructuring its senior leadership team by giving three executives additional responsibilities. The company said that Jack Allen, the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer since April 2013, is retiring after more than 33 years of service.

Bill Kozek, president of North America truck and parts, has been promoted to president, truck and parts, and is adding global/export truck and parts sales, product planning and Navistar Defense to his current responsibilities. Persio Lisboa, senior vice president and chief procurement officer, has been promoted to president, operations, and is now responsible for product development, manufacturing, and global businesses. Walter Borst, executive vice president and chief financial officer, is adding business development, mergers and acquisitions and corporate strategic planning responsibilities.

Published in the January 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Weitsman Recycling has acquired the assets of Murtagh Scrap Handling, located in Rome, New York. The yard is in a prime location, between Syracuse and Utica in the heart of Oneida County. The deal is expected to be finalized in January and will open as Ben Weitsman of Rome at that time. Weitsman has big plans for the new location, calling it his most strategic location acquired to date.

Weitsman has unveiled a three million dollar plan, which will begin immediately, to renovate the yard including new buildings, new equipment, paving the entire facility, new fencing and landscaping. Ben Weitsman of Rome will be open seven days a week and will expand its hours as a convenience to its customers. Existing employees will be retained and an additional 10 jobs will be created once the retail feeder yard formally opens under new ownership. The acquisition comes as Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling gets ready to open its second shredder in New Castle, Pennsylvania in early 2015.

Murtagh Scrap Handling is a privately held company that was established in 1986 by the Murtagh family. After 28 years of family ownership, Murtagh feels Weitsman is the best fit for acquisition given Weitsman’s reputation as a good neighbor in the locations in which they operate.

Published in the January 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Bill Rumpke III has been named operations manager for Rumpke Waste & Recycling, representing the fourth generation of Rumpke family members taking leadership in the company.

In his new position, Bill Rumpke will oversee daily operations of waste, recycling and portable restroom services in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

Previously, Bill Rumpke worked in Columbus, Ohio, where he managed residential services for 300,000 house-holds including the company’s largest municipal contract. His responsibilities included recruitment, training and evaluation of 120 drivers and supervisors. He has also worked as a laborer, driver, route auditor and supervisor.

Rumpke attended Columbia University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics while playing Division I baseball.

Published in the January 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

The Timken Company’s board of directors has elected Maria A. Crowe a director of the company for a term that expires at its May 2015 annual meeting. The election brings The Timken Company board to 11 directors.

Crowe currently serves as president of manufacturing operations for Eli Lilly and Company, a $23 billion global healthcare leader based in Indianapolis.  

Crowe joined Lilly in 1982 and since 2012 has led Lilly’s global manufacturing network comprised of more than 20 sites on 5 continents. She also is responsible for Lilly’s contract manufacturing organization. Previously, Crowe was senior vice president for global drug product manufacturing. She also served as vice president for drug product manufacturing in the U.S. and Latin America; was general manager of the Kinsale, Ireland, plant; served as general manager of Lilly del Caribe in Puerto Rico, and was plant manager of the Elanco manufacturing plant in Tippecanoe, Indiana.

Published in the January 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Weitsman Recycling has hired a long time veteran in the fields of operations and security. James M. Land has been hired as the chief operations officer (COO)/chief security officer (CSO) and will spearhead operational improvements and security protocol as the company continues to aggressively expand throughout the Northeast. The hire comes on the heels of ten new yards that Weitsman has built or acquired over the last few years.

As COO and CSO, Land will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s operations and security. In these roles, he will serve as a member of the corporate management team contributing to the development and implementation of organizational strategies, policies and practices to strengthen organizational excellence and ensure that industry standards are exceeded. He will be responsible for the development, implementation and management of the organization’s corporate security vision, strategy and programs as well as the security of physical assets and information in both physical and digital form. He will also be directly involved in all aspects of the operation of all facilities providing oversight and leadership, ensuring 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, Land served the people of the State of New York as a sworn member of the New York State Police for over 27 years. During his law enforcement career he rose through the ranks of trooper, investigator, sergeant, sergeant – station commander, lieutenant and captain where he gained vast investigative experience in all aspects of law enforcement, as well as, vast supervisory and leadership experience at all levels of management and command. Land was decorated with three Superintendent Commendation Awards during his law enforcement career with the New York State Police.

Published in the January 2015 Edition of American Recycler News