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Ely Enterprises Inc. has been appointed by Harris Equipment to be their distributor in Ohio, Western New York, Western Pennsylvania, Southern Michigan and Northern Kentucky. They will offer the Harris/IPS line of equipment, along with factory parts and service.

Before a brief hiatus, Ely was a Harris dealer for 18 years and has now rejoined the ranks. President and founder Ken Ely Jr. stated, “We are very pleased to be rejoining the Harris team after more than a decade of separation. The change in leadership and culture within Harris is both refreshing and exciting. We look forward to providing Harris customers the service and support that they have been lacking for so long. We are prepared for the challenge and look forward to the opportunity.”

Published in the February 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS), an independent recycling and waste diversion services provider, has acquired K. Hoving Companies, a full service waste management, recycling and dumpster rental company based in West Chicago, Illinois. As a result of the acquisition, LRS is now Illinois’ largest private waste company and expands its system-wide services to include street sweeping and portable restrooms as part of a new Temporary Services Division. Financial terms were not disclosed and the acquisition is effective immediately.

K. Hoving Companies has built a strong reputation as a full service waste and recycling company offering services in dumpster rental, roll-off, commercial, construction recycling, portable restrooms and street sweeping in DuPage County and throughout greater Chicagoland. Moreover, K. Hoving Companies operates the only recycling facility in Chicago that is nationally certified by the Recycling Certification Institute.

K. Hoving Companies founding executives, Ken Hoving and KJ Loerop will lead the newly-formed LRS Temporary Services Division with Loerop serving as the division’s new vice president. The Temporary Services Division will serve individuals and companies seeking roll-off services, portable toilets, on-site storage and street or job site sweeping.

With the addition of K. Hoving Companies, LRS now operates seven material recovery facilities throughout the Midwest, increasing annual revenues to nearly $170 million and its workforce to over 720 full time employees. The combined companies will now control nearly 20 percent of Chicagoland roll-off market and will be the second largest portable toilet business in Illinois. Further, the acquisition increases the amount of inbound waste under its control to nearly 2.2 million tons per year.

Published in the February 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

Tingue, Brown & Co., Saddle Brook, New Jersey, has named Douglas Green, Esq., vice president of human resources.

Bringing a proven track record for leadership in building human resources departments that are committed to employee growth, support and success, Green is responsible for all facets of human resources management at the company including its laundry product supply company, Tingue, operating in North America and Hong Kong; at its recycling cart manufacturer, MODRoto; and at its consulting firm, TBR Associates.

A former employment attorney for the U.S. House of Representatives, Green recently served as vice president of human resources at Guaranteed Rate, a $500 million lending firm with 2,300 employees in 38 states, and at The Merchandise Mart, with 600 employees in 8 cities across the U.S. and Canada.

At Tingue, Green is to spearhead the integration of various human resources departments at the company’s six facilities in North America into a coordinated team advancing a unified strategy with a consistent approach from one facility to the next, according to David Tingue, chief executive officer of the family-owned company founded in 1902.

Published in the February 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

Aqua Metals disclosed that Mark Stevenson has been nominated to join its board. Stevenson is a seasoned industry veteran who can bring a wealth of experience to the company. He has worked throughout the industry, from lead mining to energy storage to lead-acid battery recycling. Stevenson is expected to be able to provide invaluable insight to the Aqua Metals executive team on industry concerns and trends.

Stevenson is currently the technical director at Global Lead Technologies and non-executive director at Metallic Waste Solutions. He is also the chairman of Asia Battery Conference and the International Secondary Lead Conference. Stevenson has been a strong industry leader throughout his lifelong career in the battery recycling and manufacturing industries. He has helped lead, shape and facilitate conversation and innovation through his work leading Asian lead and battery conferences.

Published in the February 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

Bunting Magnetics Co., a leader in magnet and magnetic equipment design, manufacturing and distribution, has signed an agreement to acquire Master Magnets Ltd, a UK-based manufacturer of magnetic separation equipment.

Based in Redditch, United Kingdom, Master Magnets Ltd provides a complete line of magnetic separation, recycling and metal detection equipment to several industries worldwide through a worldwide network of distributors. The acquisition will build on and complement Bunting Magnetics Co.’s global foundation already in place through broadened customer reach, new manufacturing capabilities and the opportunity to sell into new markets.

Simon Ayling, managing director of Bunting Magnetics Europe, will assume operations management responsibility of this new division.

Master Magnets Ltd was founded in 1978 and currently has 26 employees. The company designs, manufacturers and services a complete line of industrial magnetic separation equipment including eddy current separators, permanent and electro magnets, including overband magnets, drum magnets and suspension magnets. The company also supplies a full range of mineral separation equipment for customers all around the world. The company will continue to operate out of its Redditch, UK headquarters.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Published in the February 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

Navistar recently held a grand opening of its used truck reconditioning center in Melrose Park, Illinois. The event signaled a new chapter for the Diamond Renewed certified brand of used International® trucks.

With the closure and sale of the Indianapolis Center, Navistar reviewed potential replacement options and decided on co-locating to the Melrose Park prototype and testing facility, near Chicago. “One of the greatest advantages of a centralized reconditioning center is the ability to work hand-in-hand with the on-site product engineering and prototype team in order to fully understand product durability and use this knowledge to provide the highest level of service to our customers.” said Jeff Heichel, vice president, used truck operations, Navistar.  

A centralized reconditioning center supports used truck activities by examining the Diamond Renewed reconditioning process to ensure a consistent product is available to all international dealers and Navistar’s own 15 used truck sales centers. Additional benefits of the reconditioning center include the ability to handle large transactions in a timely fashion, ensure quality improvements and meet internal cost targets.

The Reconditioning Center in Melrose Park is fully scalable to meet demands and includes a wash bay, detailing and paint booth, welding room and a parts storage area.

Navistar plans to relocate its nearby international used truck sales center to its Melrose Park facility in the new year, creating a flagship location that incorporates full range capabilities provided by the new reconditioning center.

Published in the January 2017 Edition of American Recycler News