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Hoover Container Solutions, a provider of chemical tanks, cargo carrying units and related products and services to the energy, petrochemical and related industrial end markets, has acquired Tech Oil Products, Inc.

Founded in 1980 and headquartered in New Iberia, Louisiana, Tech Oil has become an integral part of the Gulf Coast business community, and a market leader for waste processing and handling equipment to the oil & gas and marine sectors globally. The company designs, manufactures, sells and rents a line of waste compacting, processing and recycling products, as well as offshore cargo equipment. Best known for their ENVIRO-PAK®, SafeSub®­, Windchiller® and TOP Offshore Basket brands; the full product line includes over 60 products known worldwide for their reliable and safe operation.

The acquisition of Tech-Oil will firmly establish Hoover as a major supplier of waste processing and handling equipment, offshore recycling equipment, chemical, cargo and waste management tanks, baskets, containers and related accessories and services. Together they will continue to provide a diverse product range and robust services to their customers across the region and in the global energy marketplace.

Published in the November 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) has named Kevin J. Kraushaar vice president for government affairs, chapter operations and general counsel. In this role, Kraushaar will coordinate all NWRA advocacy and legislative efforts at the federal, state and local levels.

Kraushaar has more than 25 years of experience in legislative affairs and advocacy programs. He was most recently a principal in the firm J. Warren Strategies, advising associations and corporations on a wide range of state and federal legislative initiatives. Prior to that, he served as the vice president of government relations for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, and he served on the staff of Representative Carl Pursell (MI). He began his career with the Michigan State Senate. He holds a juris doctor from University of Detroit Mercy and a bachelor degree from the University of Michigan.

Published in the November 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Rick Burks has been named mobile service manager at Vecoplan LLC. In his new position, Burks will oversee all aspects of service on Vecoplan shred trucks. The move is another step in Vecoplan’s commitment to continuous improvement in service satisfaction after the sale.

Working with the company’s internal team of service technicians, Burks has devised and is implementing systematic procedures and programs to maximize service quality and efficiency. In addition Burks will oversee Vecoplan’s network of certified shred truck service personnel throughout North America.

Burks has 31 years of experience in machinery construction, operation, service and maintenance. Joining the Vecoplan team in 2003, his tenure has included stints building shred trucks, as a field service technician, supervising the control panel shop, and as an in-house remote service supervisor. His background in motor controls, instrumentation, and controls integration includes earning an ISA Certified Controls System Technician certification.

Published in the November 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Metal Exchange Corporation (MEC) has promoted Rick Merluzzi to president and chief operating officer. Merluzzi will assume responsibility for the parent company and all of its affiliated companies: Pennex Aluminum Company, Continental Aluminum Corporation, Electro Cycle, Inc., and Metal Recovery Systems.

Merluzzi joined Metal Exchange Corporation in 2005 as president of Pennex Aluminum and later was named president of manufacturing for the entire MEC family of companies.

Before joining MEC, Merluzzi held key leadership positions with Mobil Corporation, FMC Corporation and Edlon Inc. His extensive international experience includes living and working in Europe and the Middle East. Merluzzi holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA in Finance from Drexel University, with continued studies at Harvard University, Columbia University and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He is the immediate past chairman of the Aluminum Extruders Council and is active in a variety of charitable organizations.

Published in the November 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Liebherr’s most recent dealer agreement with Orion Equipment will give the company responsibility for the promotion, sales and service for the full line of Liebherr earthmoving and material handling equipment in the states of Washington and Oregon; covering the region’s largest metropolitan areas of greater Seattle and greater Portland.

Orion Equipment and its affiliated businesses have been representing manufacturers as an authorized dealer and distributor for more than 30 years. The company has an extensive customer portfolio operating in heavy and civil construction, logging and forestry, demolition, scrap and recycling industries combined with numerous local, state and federal governments. Offering sales, parts, equipment rental, overhaul and repair services from two locations – Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, Washington – Orion Equipment has a large inventory of construction machinery and parts.

Published in the November 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has hired Therese Cirone for the newly created position of vice president of safety, charged with leading all of ISRI’s safety efforts. Cirone’s responsibilities will include managing all elements of ISRI’s safety program, providing safety guidance to members, serving as a liaison with OSHA and working with ISRI’s team of safety professionals to strengthen and develop new tools and resources for members to enhance their safety programs.

Cirone is looking forward to working with the ISRI safety team to assist the membership in enhancing safety cultures and encouraging safety leadership throughout the organization.

Prior to joining ISRI Cirone was the vice president of health, environment, safety and security at the Chlorine Institute. Her primary responsibilities included providing leadership and support for the health and safety team, the environment and security team and associated issues and concerns in these areas along with developing guidelines, safety and health alerts, projects, regulatory updates and training seminars/workshops.

Before coming to the DC area Cirone held EHS leadership positions within various industries including RSR Corporation – a lead recycling operation – Diamond Shamrock Chemical Company/Occidental Chemical Corporation and Halliburton Energy Services.

Published in the November 2015 Edition of American Recycler News