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Travis Body & Trailer, Inc., a manufacturer of end dumps, bottom dumps, transfer trailers and specialty dump trailers, hired Greg D. Smith as its new vice president of sales and marketing.

Smith’s main responsibilities are to oversee Travis’ sales staff and marketing efforts. In addition to sales and marketing, he will also work closely with the company’s management team and growing dealer business.  

Smith brings over 30 years of experience in the trailer, truck and equipment industries to his new role. Prior to joining Travis, he was vice president of sales for Talbert Manufacturing, Rensselaer, Indiana, where he held similar responsibilities. Before that, he worked in leadership roles at Fontaine Modification, ATDynamics, TBEI and Allison Transmission, a Division of GM.

Published in the July 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Sicon, a solution supplier for scrap treatment and processing has hired George Bond, an experienced and recognized expert in his field, for its team.

Effective immediately, Bond will assume his position as director for business development in the Sicon team. He has many years of practical experience in the steel and scrap recycling industries and is well acquainted with both worlds and their daily challenges, knowing full well how difficult it is in today’s climate for scrap recyclers as well as for steelworks to remain competitive. The now extended team is ready to offer its customers focused support to meet these challenges.

Bond started his career in 1977 at the former Co-Steel company where he worked as meltshop metallurgist in the British plant of Sheerness Steel. After nine years in the development department, Bond was given responsibility for scrap processing. Here, he applied himself to improvement of the scrap qualities which directly lead to an increase in raw steel yield.

In 2014, Bond decided to leave the operator segment of the scrap industry and instead to develop methods of raw material preparation, a key factor for melt shop efficiency in steelworks. The result is the new concept of “Cold Steelmaking”, an innovation in this industry sector.

Published in the July 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

RMT, a North American distributor of onboard weighing and backup camera systems built for heavy equipment, has opened its new 6,000 sq. ft. head office and warehouse facility in Blainville, Quebec, near the international transportation hub of Montreal.

Designated as the North American headquarters for global manufacturing including VEI Loader Scales, Track-Vision Safety Backup Camera Systems, SciTronics belt scales and metal detectors, and BRT onboard truck scales, the Blainville facility integrates a wide range of resources for parts and service support, factory training and product development.

The new location features a fully equipped training center with hands-on learning and interactive media for dealers and customers and its modern interior design provides natural lighting and lines of site for easy interaction amongst RMT’s head office team.

Published in the July 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Alek M. Orloff, chief financial officer of Alpine Waste & Recycling, has accepted an appointment to a state committee that oversees grants for recycling programs.

The 13 member committee is appointed by the Pollution Prevention Advisory Board, which works within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Orloff will fill one of the six positions on the Assistance Committee allocated to representatives of nonprofit and for-profit entities.

Established in 1992, the board provides overall policy guidance, coordination and advice to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on pollution prevention activities.
In 2007, the Colorado Legislature established the Recycling Resources Opportunity Act, with a fund to award grants for appropriate projects.

Orloff previously served six years on the Colorado Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission. He was selected in 2009 as one of the Denver Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40,” a list honoring 40 Denver business leaders under the age of 40. In 2008, he was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as one of Denver’s “Outstanding CFOs.”

Published in the July 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Wastequip has added an executive leadership position at its corporate headquarters. Industrial manufacturing veteran, Chris Kete, has joined the company’s plastics division, where he’ll lead business and brand strategy for the Toter brand.

In this role, Kete will oversee sales, marketing, manufacturing, operations, supply chain and customer service for one of Wastequip’s largest divisions. He will be responsible for achieving Toter’s long-range growth plans, setting business strategy and building strategies that grow revenue, expand the customer base and take market share.

Kete brings almost two decades of experience in the manufacturing industry, previously serving in executive leadership positions with The Horsburgh & Scott Company, Industrial Service Solutions, Meritor and Cummins, Inc.

Kete earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, and then served in the U.S. Navy from 1994 to 1999 as a submarine warfare officer. After his stint in the armed forces, he earned his Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar.

Published in the July 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Advanced Disposal has completed the acquisition of Little Hoppers based in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

The acquisition includes municipal, residential and commercial customers throughout Door and Kewaunee Counties, a municipal solid waste, construction and demolition and metals transfer station along with equipment. Ten Little Hoppers’ employees are joining the Advanced Disposal team including the previous owner of Little Hoppers, Steve Estes, who is now serving as Advanced Disposal’s general manager for the hauling company and transfer station.

Published in the June 2015 Edition of American Recycler News