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The Timken Company has opened a new, 27,000 sq.ft., state-of-the-art gear drive manufacturing facility in Houston. An integral part of the Timken Power Systems group, the new plant will significantly improve production efficiencies in the manufacture of Philadelphia Gear brand high speed drives. Timken opened the dedicated facility to expand the company’s ability to capture strategic opportunities with new and legacy original equipment customers.

To meet growing demand, Timken Power Systems equipped the facility with two 5-AXIS machines that employ gear milling technology instead of the traditional hobbing process. These machines can perform up to six different operations used to produce helical gears, shafts and pinions from raw material, with the potential to reduce the OE production cycle by weeks. 

Published in the June 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Aggregate Industries US, a Holcim Group Company, disclosed that its Severn Asphalt facility received the Gold Achievement Award for exceptional commitment to recycling initiatives.

The Severn Asphalt facility, located in Maryland, significantly increased its asphalt recycling activities 81 percent between 2012 and 2013 earning recognition from the Anne Arundel County recycling committee.

Every year the county challenges local businesses to recycle 50 percent of everything thrown away.

This award acknowledges those organizations dedicated to reducing waste and increasing recycling enterprises.

Published in the June 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Michael Wilhoit has rejoined Vecoplan, LLC as a project engineer. Wilhoit’s new position includes coordinating the design and development of turnkey shredding systems for the recycling sector. In order to ensure continuous quality control, he will also oversee the manufacture and implementation of his projects once the engineering phase has been completed.

Prior to rejoining Vecoplan, Wilhoit was managing partner at AREco Industrial Services located in Asheboro, North Carolina. AREco provided mechanical and electrical engineering services to a wide range of industrial customers across multiple markets.

Published in the June 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Harris Waste Management Group, Inc., Baxley and Cordele, Georgia, has hired Glenn Godwin as director of quality and safety as of April 20, 2015.

Previously Godwin was operational excellence manager at an Imerys mining and processing facility in Andersonville, Georgia, where he was responsible for 5S implementation, achieving cost reductions and facilitating continuous quality improvement. Godwin brings over a decade of experience to Harris, having quality, safety, management and leadership experience at a variety of companies throughout the state of Georgia.

Godwin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Published in the May 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Hirschmann Automation and Control disclosed that Jim Kunkle has joined the Mobile Machine Control Solutions Division as senior quality assurance engineer. In his new position, Kunkle will manage the quality department at Hirschmann’s Chambersburg, Pennsylvania facility.

Kunkle has more than a decade of experience establishing and improving quality processes in deadline driven environments. Prior to joining Hirschmann, Kunkle worked as a quality specialist for Phoenix Contact. Kunkle holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix where he graduated with honors.

Published in the May 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Newalta Corporation disclosed that Barry Stewart has retired as chair of the board of directors of Newalta.  

Gordon Pridham replaces Stewart as chair of the board of directors. Pridham is an experienced director and board chair with 35 years in investment banking, capital markets, and corporate banking. He has been a member of Newalta’s board since 2004.

Published in the May 2015 Edition of American Recycler News