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Bridgestone Americas recently appointed Gary Nye as director of operations for the company’s Bandag retread business. In this role, Nye will lead and develop the operational strategy for the Bandag brand to enhance franchise operations in the U.S. and globally. Additionally, he will work closely with the Bridgestone commercial truck and bus tire team to bring greater operational alignment across the Bridgestone Commercial division.

Most recently, Nye served as senior business operations team leader at Mars Petcare North America, where he successfully led the operational integration of the Mars Petcare Pet Specialty, Petcare P&G and Mars Petcare U.S. divisions. Prior to joining Mars Petcare, Nye spent eight years at Ford Motor Company, with four of those years as a Global Launch Strategy Engineer.

Published in the January 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Kevin Gershowitz, President, Gershow Recycling, led the members of the Association of Long Island Recycling Officials (ALIRO) on a tour of its Medford facility. During the tour, Gershowitz gave a history of the company, what the company does, the types of metal that Gershow recycles and the processes by which they are each recycled.

Additionally, ALIRO members had the opportunity to view the machinery that is used to shred and separate the metals, and take out non-metallic materials from the scrap products. Gershowitz also guided the attendees through the sorting process showed the end results of the recycled products. The tour concluded with a question and answer period between Gershowitz and the ALIRO members.

Gershow Recycling has nine locations in Brooklyn, New Hyde Park, Valley Stream, Freeport, Lindenhurst, Huntington Station, Bay Shore, Medford and Riverhead.

Published in the January 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Danieli Centro Recycling (DCR) has entered into a contract to upgrade Gerdau Whitby’s nonferrous plant.

The upgraded plant will lead to an increase in both the purity and volume of nonferrous metal recovery, and allow the South American steel giant to expand its Ontario operation to recover precious metals from landfilled automotive shredder residue (ASR).

Whitby mill is 1 of 3 Gerdau mills operating in Canada, and employs around 385 people. In 2014, the mill celebrated its 50th year and followed celebrations with a series of improvements which include the installation of the new Danieli Centro Recycling sorting plant.

For DCR, this project demonstrates their focus and commitment to grow in this market and become one of the leading players in the recycling business.

Published in the January 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

ASA Electronics has hired Hannah Birong as their public relations specialist. Birong oversees content creation as well as public relations for ASA Electronics’ various industries and proprietary brands. Her position includes a range of media relations, advertising planning, social media management and web marketing.

Birong holds a B.A. in Mass Communications with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in Graphic Design from Indiana University South Bend.

Published in the January 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) has voted on new officers for the 2015-2016 year.

Elections for officers were held during the winter board meeting on December 10, 2015 in Brooklyn, New York. The new officers, listed below, will serve for the next year:

•President: Bob Gedert, Department director, Austin Resource Recovery, City of Austin.
•Chair of the board: Julie L Rhodes, president, Julie L Rhodes Consulting.
•Executive vice president/chief executive officer: Marjorie Griek.
•Additional Vice presidents: Gary Bilbro, owner and president, SMART Recycling U.S., Inc. and Stephen Bantillo, executive director, Recycling Certification Institute.
•Secretary: Gary Liss, president, Gary Liss & Associates.
•Treasurer: Julie L Rhodes, president, Julie L Rhodes Consulting.
•At-large executive committee members: George Dreckmann, Strategic Initiatives coordinator, City of Madison, Wisconsin Streets Division, Will Sagar, executive director, Southeast Recycling Development Council, and Fran McPoland, government relations and environmental advisor, Paper Recycling Coalition & 100 percent Recycled Paperboard Alliance.

Published in the January 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

EnergySolutions, Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Waste Control Specialists LLC (WCS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Valhi, Inc. and operator of a waste disposal facility located in Andrews County, Texas.

At closing, EnergySolutions will pay $270 million in cash, $20 million face amount in Series A Preferred Stock and will assume approximately $77 million of WCS debt. Additionally, EnergySolutions will assume all financial assurance obligations related to the WCS business.

Completion of the sale is subject to certain customary closing conditions outlined in the transaction agreement.

EnergySolutions and WCS will continue to operate as independent companies until completion of the sale.

Published in the January 2016 Edition of American Recycler News