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Electronic Recyclers International (ERI) disclosed that Kelly Thomas has been named its new chief operating officer. Thomas most recently served as senior vice president and general manager for Rolled Products North America at Aleris International Inc.

Thomas spent 15 years in the aluminum industry progressing in her career through finance, treasury and commercial leadership into senior management responsible for business unit P&L oversight. Her tenure with Aleris also included roles as corporate treasurer and vice president of Metal Risk Management with roles in both Zurich Switzerland and Cleveland, Ohio.

Prior to Aleris, Thomas held various management positions with Alcoa for 10 years, including global oversight of Alcoa’s commodities risk management function and senior commercial leadership for Alcoa Europe’s primary products division as vice president Alcoa Materials Management Europe. During her career with Alcoa, Thomas gained global exposure to Alcoa’s primary metals operations, working closely with staff in China, Brazil, Australia, Europe and Russia to drive better operational and commercial performance.

ERI’s former chief operating officer, Tammy Shegerian, has been named chief revenue officer for ERI.

Published in the July 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

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Western Metals Recycling (WMR) purchased the assets and business of Sims Metal Management’s Utah recycling facilities. The operations include a shredder facility in Salt Lake City and a feeder yard in Orem, Utah. Western Metals Recycling is wholly owned by The David J. Joseph Company (DJJ), a subsidiary of Nucor Corporation.

Published in the July 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

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Vecoplan LLC has named Mike LaGoe director of project management. LaGoe has worked as a manager in Vecoplan’s project engineering department since 2011 and brings a total of 15 years of engineering management experience to his new position. Prior to joining Vecoplan he was an engineering manager with a manufacturer of air pollution control systems.

LaGoe’s responsibilities will include directing the design and development of large scale, turnkey, mechanical systems for the processing and production of alternative fuel feedstock from biomass and waste, as well as general waste recycling and treatment systems. In order to ensure continuous quality control, he will also oversee the manufacture and implementation of projects once the engineering phase has been completed.

Published in the July 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

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Republic Services, Inc. has elected Ramon A. Rodriguez as non-executive chairman of the company’s board of directors, succeeding James W. Crownover who completed his term and will remain a director. Rodriguez has been a director of Republic Services since 1999.

Rodriguez has over 40 years of experience in public accounting and business management. He served as president and chief executive officer of Madsen Sapp Mena Rodriguez & Co., P.A., a firm of certified public accountants. During his tenure there, which spanned from 1971 to 2009, Rodriguez developed vast accounting, management and financial experience.

Rodriguez served as chairman of the company’s audit committee and was a member of the integration committee before becoming chairman of the board of directors. He is also a member of the board of directors of Alico, Inc. and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

Published in the July 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

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Chicago Pneumatic has named Rob Teasley as their new regional sales manager for the Midwest territory.

Teasley will represent the full construction lineup for Chicago Pneumatic.

With a background in construction, Teasley will be responsible for working with Chicago Pneumatic independent sales representatives to maintain existing accounts and help with cultivating new customers. He will also provide product training and other support resources throughout his territory, which will include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

With 20 years of professional sales experience, Teasley spent his previous 12 years as a sales manager for a brand of construction tools, working closely with rental and construction houses as well industrial distributors.

Published in the July 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

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KAR Auction Services, Inc., a provider of used and salvage vehicle auction services, disclosed that John Kett has assumed the position of chief executive officer and president of Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA), the company’s leading live and live-online salvage auto auction subsidiary.

Kett formerly served as the president and chief financial officer of IAA. He has worked for IAA for more than 12 years, and has played an integral role in developing and directing the company’s strategy, helping IAA grow into a national company with $830 million in annual revenue and more than 160 locations across North America.

Kett assumes the role of chief executive officer from Tom O’Brien.

Published in the July 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

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