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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

ParkerGale Capital, LP has acquired OnePlus Corporation, a leader in waste compactor automated monitoring systems.

Founded in 1989, OnePlus has enabled users of large industrial waste compactors, such as commercial property owners, retailers and government agencies, to lower their waste removal costs. Specifically, the company’s patented sensor technology monitors how full a compactor is and alerts both the waste hauler and property owner when it’s time for a pickup. With this technology, OnePlus is helping companies such as Lowes, Home Depot, United States Postal Service, Hyatt Hotels and Amazon save millions a year in waste removal fees, while helping waste haulers like Republic Services and Advanced Disposal to more efficiently manage their fleets and bring additional value to their clients.

Upon closing, Klaus Voss, a veteran environmental technology and real estate executive with more than 20 years of experience, was named chief executive officer of OnePlus.

In addition to Voss, ParkerGale also brought on the former chief financial officer of Edline (acquired by Blackboard), Jay Alter, as chief financial officer to help OnePlus improve its systems and facilitate future acquisitions.

Published in the January 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Masaba Mining Equipment, a manufacturer of bulk handling equipment, has named James R. Peterson president.

Peterson has worked in sales and marketing at Masaba the past seven years. His most recent experience prior to joining Masaba was business owner and president of Canica-Jaques VSI Crushers.

Peterson holds a MBA from Mississippi State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Marquette University.

Published in the January 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB) disclosed that Stephen Simmons has joined the firm as Vice President. Formerly a GBB Principal Associate in 2012 and 2013, he is a sustainable development business leader with more than 30 years of experience in the energy and environmental services sectors. Having worked with leading international energy operating companies and engineering / consulting firms, he is highly experienced in program and project management, new business development, waste and power marketing, technology evaluation, business financial modeling, profit and loss management, facility design, procurement and construction.

Simmons was most recently Fuel Sourcing Manager at Evergreen Community Power, a 25 MW combined heat and power facility fueled with waste-derived biomass. At Plasco Energy Group, which focuses on creating renewable energy from municipal solid waste using a plasma gasification process, he led project development efforts in the United States and Caribbean Basin which included preparing market studies, leading contract negotiations, and managing the regulatory approval process. As vice president, business development, of ADAGE LLC, he was part of a team that developed facilities converting forestry waste into clean renewable energy. He also directed the commercial development, site selection, feedstock supply, and off-take agreements for Losonoco, Inc., a biofuels start up.

As founding and managing member of Mainland Technologies, an energy environmental consulting firm, he provided business development, project management, and acquisition services for four years. Early in his career, he spent over 15 years as business project manager for American Ref Fuel Company, now Covanta. He was responsible for directing business development efforts, managing waste and energy revenue generation, and implementing public and community affairs programs throughout the mid-Atlantic region. He also led project teams conducting acquisition due diligence, facility design, and construction in the energy from waste industry.

Published in the January 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Newalta Corporation has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.0625 per common share for the fourth quarter of 2015, payable on January 15, 2016 to all shareholders of record on December 31, 2015. The ex-dividend date is December 29, 2015.

Newalta expects that the dividends will be “eligible dividends” for income tax purposes and thus qualify for the enhanced gross-up and tax credit regime for certain shareholders.

Published in the January 2016 Edition of American Recycler News