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The YouTube channel BigShredder run by industrial shredder and compactor manufacturer SSI Shredding Systems, Inc. has recently reached over 100,000 subscribers. YouTube has recognized this accomplishment and awarded the channel with their Silver Play Button plaque.

BigShredder originally launched on September 25, 2006 with their Shred of the Month series. From that series they had several viral successes including their most popular video, The Hippie Bug Shredding, which currently has over 5,000,000 views.

The channel has seen a recent explosion of growth due to changes in branding and aesthetic.

Concentrating on user-based suggestions and popular trends the channel grew from around 24,000 subscribers in 2014 to over 107,000 subscribers and counting today. At the same time they also nearly doubled their total channel views to over 48,000,000.

Published in the October 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Vecoplan LLC welcomed Luke James as their newest sales manager. The primary responsibility of his new position is sales and business development of shred trucks for the document destruction and paper recycling industries.

James will also act as a liaison between customers and Vecoplan’s research and development engineering team, in their ongoing shred truck innovations and improvements program. James will collaborate with Vecoplan’s marketing department to introduce these advances to the marketplace.

Prior to joining Vecoplan, James was a senior technical recruiter with Synerfac Technical Staffing in North Carolina. While earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from East Carolina University Luke worked two summer internships at Vecoplan in both manufacturing and marketing.

Published in the October 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Blue Sphere Corporation, a clean-tech independent power producer, welcomed Lyron Bentovim as a new member of the Blue Sphere board of directors.

Bentovim currently serves as president and chief executive officer of the Glimpse Group and as a managing partner at Darklight Partners in New York, New York. Darklight Partners is a strategic advisor to small and mid-size public and private companies. From August 2009 until July 2012, Bentovim served as the chief operating officer and the chief financial officer of Sunrise Telecom, Inc., a leader in test and measurement solutions for telecom, wireless and cable networks. Prior to joining Sunrise Telecom Inc., Bentovim was a portfolio manager for Skiritai Capital LLC, an investment advisor based in San Francisco.

Bentovim has over 20 years of management experience, including his experience as a member of the board of directors at Manhattan Bridge Capital, RTW Inc., Ault, Inc., Top Image Systems, Three-Five Systems Inc., Sunrise Telecom, Inc., and Argonaut Technologies Inc. Prior to his position in Skiritai Capital LLC, Bentovim served as the president and co-founder of WebBrix, Inc.

Published in the October 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Fuchs expanded its North American distribution network with the appointment of Thoesen Tractor & Equipment Co., Inc. as an authorized distributor of Fuchs material handlers in northern Illinois, including the greater Chicago market area.

Headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Lynwood, the service-focused Thoesen Tractor has sales and service team members blanketing this territory to offer unsurpassed sales, rental, parts and service support for the full Fuchs equipment line, purpose-built to increase operating efficiencies for the scrap, recycling, waste, portside and logging markets.

Thoesen Tractor’s headquarters is located at on E. Lincoln Highway in Lynwood, Illinois.

Published in the October 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services company, has hired Wesley A. Salmons, certified director of safety (CDS) as the new corporate director of safety and compliance.

Salmons has more than 15 years of experience in a variety of transportation companies and in the solid waste sector. Salmons joins Advanced Disposal from Team Drive-Away as their director of safety and recruiting. From 2007 to 2013, Salmons worked for Veolia Environmental Services. Salmons was also a route supervisor with Allied Waste in Kansas City, Kansas for over two years, before joining the U.S. Air Force.

Published in the October 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

During its summer 2016 Board and Governance Meetings, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), elected David Borsuk of Sadoff Iron & Metal Company as a new director-at-large to its board. Borsuk will serve a two year term, ending in 2018.

Borsuk is currently the manager of industrial marketing and environmental affairs at Sadoff Iron & Metal Company, located in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

In addition to having been with Sadoff Iron & Metal Co. for 46 years, Borsuk has also served as the chair of the ISRI audit committee and airbag working group. He also serves as a member of ISRI’s Circle of Safety Excellence™ Steering Committee.

Borsuk is a member of both the City of Oshkosh, Wisconsin Planning Commission as well as the Greater Oshkosh EDC Industrial Development Committee.

Published in the October 2016 Edition of American Recycler News