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Republic Services, Inc. disclosed that service company and industrial services and chemicals executive Thomas W. Handley and oil and gas executive Jennifer M. Kirk have been elected to its board of directors. Republic’s board now consists of 12 total members, including 11 independent directors.

Tom Handley serves as president and chief operating officer for Ecolab, Inc., responsible for providing leadership, management and strategic counsel. Ecolab, a $13.5 billion company, delivers solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for businesses around the world. Handley serves on Republic Services’ Management Development and Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

Jennifer Kirk is vice president, controller and principal accounting officer of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, the third largest U.S. oil and gas company based on market capitalization with oil and gas, midstream and chemical operations in the United States, Middle East and Latin America. She is responsible for the direct oversight of all company financial activities, including financial reporting, accounting, compliance and internal controls.  She is an accredited petroleum accountant with 20 years of experience. Kirk serves on the Republic Services’ Audit Committee and the Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility Committee.

Published in the September 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Petersen Industries, Inc., manufacturer of grapple trucks and waste collection systems, has named Environmental Products of Georgia as their exclusive dealer in the state of Georgia.

Environmental Products of Florida Corporation dba Environmental Products of Georgia, began business in Florida in 2001 and acquired the franchise in Georgia in 2010. The Georgia location operates a 30,000 sq.ft. 12-bay facility in Atlanta.

Published in the September 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

JWC Environmental has promoted Greg Guard to senior vice president of global sales. In this newly created position, Guard will be responsible for directing JWC’s global sales initiatives and strategies.

JWC’s global sales organization, which includes more than 100 distributors and representative firms, will continue to be supported out of JWC facilities in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and China. JWC’s global sales leaders for Europe, Asia and the Americas will report to Guard.

Published in the September 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Bunting Magnetics Co. has appointed Andrew Blubaugh as its product manager over metal detection. Blubaugh will manage the growth and profitability of the company’s line of metal detection products by supporting the company’s sales team, identifying new markets and customers, improving the product and enhancing the accompanying service and warranty programs.

Based in Newton, Kansas, Blubaugh draws on nearly 10 years of experience in manufacturing in a variety of positions. Most recently, he was production manager in charge of sales and operations at Kincaid Equipment, a manufacturer of agricultural equipment for the seed research industry, where he excelled in managing the operations and product development process while driving sales growth and customer development.

Published in the September 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected Edward H. Chu as the new deputy regional administrator for EPA Region 7 in Lenexa, Kansas. EPA Region 7 encompasses Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and nine tribal nations.

Chu has almost 30 years of experience in environmental and energy policy. He has served in critical senior roles within EPA and at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Most recently, Chu was the assistant regional administrator for the Pacific Northwest and Alaska Region (Region 10), serving 4 states and 271 federally recognized tribes. He also served as the assistant regional administrator for the Southeast Region (Region 4).

Prior to public service, Chu spent seven years as an energy and environment consultant.

Published in the September 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

International Paper has completed two previously disclosed transactions – the sale of its corrugated packaging business in China and Southeast Asia to Xiamen Bridge Hexing Equity Investment Partnership Enterprise; and the acquisition of the Holmen Paper Madrid Mill in Spain. The company plans to convert the newsprint machine to produce recycled containerboard during the second half of 2017.

Published in the August 2016 Edition of American Recycler News