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The Association of Women in the Metal Industries (AWMI) held its 2017-2018 elections. Two year term positions  voted on include the president and vice president of the AWMI. Voting took place at the 2016 Annual Conference.

Carol Chizmar has been elected the  president of AWMI. She has worked in the industry for 35 years in a variety of roles including sales management, supply chain and is currently working as new business coordinator-fabrication. Chizmar works for Sapa Extrusions North America which was previously Alcoa, Alumax and Cressona Aluminum Company, all through acquisitions.

Sonya Malvick has been elected the  vice-president of AWMI. She has been in the steel industry for over 20 years holding a variety of sales and sales management roles with companies such as Russel Metals, J&F Steel, and Ratner Steel. Malvick currently works for Olympic Steel as a Wisconsin outside sales territory manager.

Mary Pollen will serve another two year term as the international marketing chair. She is currently general manager of sales at Michigan Seamless Tube & Pipe.

Victoria Zanutto-Kautz is again the international mentoring chair of AWMI. She is currently the administrative assistant to the general manager at Ryerson in Livermore, California.

Two regional directors were re-elected for a second term: Leah Mojeski as the Central Regional director for AWMI. Mojeski works for ArcelorMittal Dofasco in the national real estate department, representing the company’s Canadian holdings.

Liza Godsil is the western regional director for AWMI. Godsil is the outside sales manager for Bralco Metals in Seattle, Washington.

Becky Hites will serve her first term as the southern regional director. Hites is the president of Steel-Insights, LLC.

The AWMI is a volunteer run organization dedicated to the growth of women in the metals industries.

Published in the January 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

Waste Industries has acquired Cardinal Waste Solutions in Atlanta, Georgia, merging the operation into its existing Atlanta assets, operated out of Waste Industries’ Fairburn location. The acquisition closed November 1, 2016, with November operating as a transitional month with a full operational transfer effective December 1.

Cardinal Waste customers will see no changes at this time to their existing service plans with the acquisition. Waste Industries is absorbing the Cardinal customer service team, phone number, and website to ensure a smooth and effective transfer of operations from Cardinal Waste to Waste Industries.

Waste Industries is a regional provider of non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, recycling, and disposal services. The company currently operates in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.

Published in the January 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

Jeremy Miller of Wm. Miller Scrap Iron & Metal Co. in Winona, Minnesota was recently reelected to his third term in the Minnesota Senate. Miller was also appointed as deputy majority leader and chairman of the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy Committee.

Miller, along with his brother Willie, is the fourth generation to be involved in his family’s scrap and recycling business located in southeastern Minnesota. He currently serves as chief financial officer for the company and his many responsibilities include overseeing the company’s quality, environmental, health and safety management system as well as domestic and global nonferrous and eScrap sales.

Published in the January 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

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