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Bigbelly, Inc., a provider of waste management solutions, disclosed accelerated worldwide growth in 2014, including an expanded customer base to 47 countries, and development of advanced technologies that support customers’ Smart City and the Internet of Things initiatives.

The company also expanded its management team with seasoned industry executives who hail from leading industrial automation, technology, mobile and media companies.

Bigbelly, solar powered, connected and smart waste and recycling stations allows for waste disposal and recycling of paper, plastic, or glass at specified stations. More than 1,500 municipalities, colleges & universities, transit systems, parks & beaches, healthcare facilities, corporate campuses, retail & mixed use, ports and government facilities worldwide have invested in Bigbelly units.

Published in the March 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Tobin Pospisil has joined Sims Metal Management as president of Sims Metal Management North American Metals – Central Region, covering the Midwestern, Southern and Southwestern U.S.

The move now completes the restructuring of the company’s North American metals business into three separate regions reporting to group chief executive officer Galdino Claro. Pospisil joins Joe Payesko, president of the East Region and Steve Shinn, president of the West Region as part of the North America Metals leadership team.

Prior to joining Sims, Pospisil served as president of Gallatin Steel Company, a flat products mini-mill joint venture between ArcelorMittal and Gerdau. He joined Gallatin as general manager in October 2003 and was named president in March 2009. Prior to this, Pospisil progressed through various management roles with GS Industries, a global specialty steel manufacturer, from November 1990 through October 2003.

Published in the March 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Sustainability and recycling consultancy, RRS, disclosed that Michael Timpane has joined the firm as affiliate vice president, effectively immediately.

Timpane came to RRS from Waste Management, Inc. where he served as director of municipal recycling and diversion, providing technical recycling and diversion procurement, business development for greenfield expansion and plant infrastructure projects, as well as long term field strategy and implementation for single stream, construction and demolition and landfill diversion projects.

In his role at RRS, Timpane will bring his wide range of hands-on involvement with waste and recycling industry members, as well as his understanding of municipal programs, corporate recycling and landfill diversion to further develop market growth and to support client projects.

Timpane will operate out of the Jacksonville, Florida area.

Published in the March 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Mark Haire has been named vice president of Integrated Recycling Systems for Harris Waste Management Group, Inc. Integrated Recycling Systems’ main focus will be engineered projects not only for the Harris family of products, but also for ferrous and nonferrous processing systems design and supply. This specialized group is comprised of experienced material handling and processing, controls automation, project management, and service personnel to ensure that Harris supplies the best processing system solutions in the industry.

Haire has been with Harris since 2009 and was previously engineering manager for the shredder division.

Harris is also making two new appointments to shredder products and systems. Scott Holder, formerly a regional sales manager for Harris, is now director of shredder sales. Holder is well known in the industry and is looking forward to focusing more of his efforts on shredder systems.

In the service area, Jim Summers has joined the Harris team as a shredder specialist. As former operations manager at Midwest Scrap Management in Kansas City, Missouri, Summers has vast experience in shredder systems.

Published in the March 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Vertex Energy, Inc., an environmental services company that recycles industrial waste streams and off-specification commercial chemical products, has completed the acquisition of all the assets of Heartland Group Holdings, LLC, a used-oil collection and re-refining company with its primary operations in Columbus, Ohio. The $16.5 million price includes $8 million in contingent earn-out payments that Heartland may receive if certain EBITDA targets are met in the second year following the closing of the acquisition. The consideration payable by Vertex in the acquisition consisted entirely of common stock.

Additionally, Benjamin P. Cowart, the chairman and chief executive officer of the company, purchased $1.5 million of securities directly from the company, representing an aggregate of 488,598 shares of common stock and warrants to purchase 219,868 shares of common stock with a 5 year term and a $3.01 exercise price (representing 45 percent warrant coverage on the shares purchased), for $3.07 per share (and associated warrant rights), a premium over the $3.00 per share closing price of the company’s common stock on December 4, 2014.

Published in the March 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Scott McCandless, president of Aurora, Colorado based McCandless Truck Center, LLC, was named the 2015 Truck Dealer of the Year. The national award focuses on excellence in dealership performance, as well as industry and community leadership.

McCandless started his career at his father’s International Truck dealership in Las Vegas in 1972. By holding positions in almost every department of the dealership, McCandless had the opportunity to learn the business from the ground up.

As a member of the International Truck Product Advisory Board, McCandless played a role in the development and launch of the International ProStar®, and he previously served as the chairman of the International Truck Executive Dealer Council.

In the community, McCandless has served as president of the Fremont County Rotary Club and a member of the Denver Chamber of Commerce.

McCandless has been recognized with numerous corporate and industry awards, including the International Truck Circle of Excellence, Warranty Efficiency Award, Service Dwell Time Award, and Diamond Club Parts Sales Achievement Award.

Published in the March 2015 Edition of American Recycler News