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Bandit Industries welcomed Louisville Tractor Inc. as the company’s newest Bandit Authorized Dealer for small equipment sales, parts and service.

Louisville Tractor will serve customers in southern Indiana and north central Kentucky, focusing on hand-fed chippers and stump grinders.

With over 40 years of service to Louisville and surrounding communities, Louisville Tractor Inc. offers a wide range of experience among their staff, including specialized Bandit parts and service training. All sales and service takes place at the company’s Louisville location at 1675 Watterson Trail.

Published in the January 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

Nucor Corporation has agreed to acquire Southland Tube, an independent manufacturer of hollow structural section (HSS) steel tubing, for $130 million, or approximately eight times the average EBITDA over the 2011 to 2016 period.

TruStar Energy, a developer of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations, has hired alternative fuel systems veteran, Aaron Lay, to lead the company’s sales group.

Most recently, Lay served as the director of sales for Agility Fuel Systems, where he was instrumental in the proliferation of CNG fueling systems for Class 6 - 8 chassis.

Published in the December 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Terramac, a manufacturer of rubber track crawler carriers, expands its representation in the North American market to include Power Equipment Company as part of its dealer network. Power Equipment will represent the versatile Terramac product line in regions of Arkansas and Tennessee.

Power Equipment will offer Terramac’s RT9, RT14 and RT14R crawler carriers to serve a wide range of industries including general construction, mining, roadbuilding and forestry. In addition to Terramac’s three standard options – convertible dump-to-flat beds, rock dump beds and flatbeds – Power Equipment will offer Terramac units customized with support attachments such as hydroseeders, cranes and drills.

The team at Power Equipment will provide professional sales representation for the Terramac product line in eastern Arkansas, as well as eastern and western Tennessee. Power Equipment’s knowledgeable staff has been fully trained in the application, sales, parts and service of Terramac products and stands ready to offer prompt and professional customer support.

Published in the December 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Sharon H. Kneiss, the president and chief executive officer of the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) for the past four and a half years, has resigned.

During her tenure as the leader of the premier association in the waste and recycling industry, Kneiss led the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan to help the industry move the needle on safety, effectively communicate and educate about the industry’s priorities and champion legislation that helped to protect workers in the field.

In a letter to the NWRA board of trustees, Kneiss wrote, “After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that I have taken the association as far as I can to make it the most effective and respected voice of the industry. The timing is right for a new chief executive officer to take this special organization to the next level.”

The NWRA board of trustees will soon begin an executive search for Kneiss’ successor. In the interim, current vice president and general counsel Kevin Kraushaar will assume the role.

Published in the December 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Plastipak Packaging, Inc., a global manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging as well as virgin and recycled plastic resin, has completed the acquisition of the business assets of Evolve Polymers Ltd. Evolve is one of Europe’s leading plastics recyclers, based in Hemswell Cliff, United Kingdom.

Plastipak’s global recycling operations currently recycle billions of bottles per year, and the site being acquired has the capacity to process an additional six to nine billion PET bottles into food-grade and other high quality material. The business will begin operating immediately under Plastipak’s ownership. Contracts with Evolve’s existing key business partners have been secured for continued effect.

“Evolve’s prior owners invested significant resources to build the Hemswell Cliff site starting in 2006, and the business’s performance benefited from continuous improvements,” said Martin Hargreaves, managing director, Plastipak Europe. “This acquisition complements our existing recycling businesses, and amplifies our ability to bring our world-class technologies and know-how to better serve our UK and European-based customers.”

Published in the December 2016 Edition of American Recycler News