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MHG, the holding company for biopolymer entities Meredian Inc. and DaniMer Scientific, disclosed that Michael N. Mang has joined the company and will be taking on the role of director of materials technology.

Mang joins the team with more than 28 years of experience in the polymer industry, including developing commercial scale processes for polymers. He has a successful track record in both start-up industrial biotechnology and global chemical company settings. In addition to his experience, Mang has an extensive list of publications he co-authored.

Prior to joining MHG, Mang served as the director of product technology and application development at Myriant Corporation, an industrial biotechnology company. During his tenure, he recognized possible new market opportunities and implemented a go-to market strategy for their new bio-based product. This subsequently led to an increase in their potential growth from $100 million to nearly $1 billion.

In addition to his time at Myriant, Mang was the director of product development for specialty products at Natureworks, LLC, a company that commercialized plastics made from renewable resources. For 12 years, he also organized and created new technology development plans to promote capital investments in polymer products for The Dow Chemical Company.

Published in the November 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

Republic Services, Inc. disclosed the acquisition of one of Southern California’s largest independent solid waste companies, Rainbow Disposal Co., Inc. The transaction further enhances Republic’s Southern California footprint, and reinforces the company’s growth strategy to expand its operations through targeted, accretive acquisitions.

Republic has acquired Rainbow’s state-of-the-art business and facilities, which include hauling routes in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Midway City, Westminster, Orange County, Newport Beach and Irvine as well as a recycling facility, a transfer station, a compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station, and a vehicle fleet,  powered by CNG.

As part of the transaction, the primary principals at Rainbow, Jerry Moffatt and Jeff Snow, have joined Republic Services and will lead a newly created business unit of the company based at the Huntington Beach campus. Republic’s new business unit will continue to serve residential and commercial customers, providing waste collection, transfer, disposal, diversified material recovery/recycling and organic composting.

Published in the November 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

Matt Osborne has joined Vecoplan, LLC as a territory manager in their Mobile Division. Osborne will be responsible for overseeing sales of Vecoplan’s Mobile Shredding Systems to the document destruction industry. He will also work as a liaison between secure destruction providers and Vecoplan’s research, development and engineering team, in their ongoing Shred Truck innovations and improvements program.

As innovations are implemented, Osborne will collaborate with Vecoplan’s marketing department to introduce these advances to the marketplace. Prior to joining Vecoplan, Osborne was city manager at DR Horton where he managed day-to-day operations, coordinating the activities of sales, construction, customer service, acquisitions and administration. He brings 11 years of experience to his new position.

Published in the November 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

Liebherr Construction Equipment Co. disclosed that RECO Equipment, Inc., headquartered in Belmont, Ohio, acquired Republic Crane LLC with locations in Charlotte, North Carolina and Florence, Kentucky. In agreement with Liebherr, these locations will now operate under the full-line Liebherr contract selling and servicing the earthmoving and material handling product lines.

RECO is an established Liebherr dealer representing the full product line in multiple locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana since 1994.

Published in the November 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) recently named Paul Brenner of Brenner Recycling (Hazleton, Pennsylvania) and Scott Miller of Sims Metal Management (New York, New York) to its board of directors. Both will serve as directors-at-large through the 2016 term.

Paul Brenner, a third generation scrap dealer, is president of Brenner Recycling. Brenner has served as Mid-Atlantic
Chapter president.

Scott Miller is chief corporate counsel  for Sims Metal Management (SMM), having joined SMM as legal counsel and environmental manager in 1997.

Published in the October 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

The New York Product Stewardship Council (NYPSC) elected four new members to its board of directors and elected new officers. The new board members are:

  • Kenneth Armellino, P.E., director of environmental science and community affairs for Covanta, Dumont, New Jersey.
  • Todd Ellis, director, Stewardship Programs, Call2Recycle, Inc. Lincroft, New Jersey.
  • David Hirschler, director waste prevention, NYC Department of Sanitation, Queens, New York.
  • Maite Quinn, manager of business development and marketing, Sims Municipal Recycling, Westfield, New Jersey.

Newly elected officers are:

  • Chair: Andrew Radin, director of recycling and waste reduction, Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, Syracuse, New York.
  • Vice chair: Dawn Timm, director of the Environmental/Solid Waste Management Division of the Niagara County Department of Public Works, Lockport, New York.
  • Secretary: Kevin Voorhees, principal associate Barton & Loguidice, P.C., Syracuse, New York.
  • Treasurer: Resa Dimino, principal Radimino & Associates, Kinderhook, New York.

    Published in the October 2014 Edition of American Recycler News