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Nucor Corporation’s executive vice president of raw materials and chief executive officer of The David J. Joseph Company (DJJ), plans to retire effective September 12, 2014.

Grass joined DJJ in 1978. He began his career as a brokerage representative and then as district manager of several DJJ trading offices. He was appointed vice president of trading in 1992. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Grass served as president of DJJ’s International Division. He headed the Metals Recycling Division during 1999 and served as president of DJJ from 2000 until December 2012. Mr. Grass has served as CEO of DJJ since 2000 and was appointed executive vice president of Nucor Corporation when DJJ became part of Nucor in 2008.

Upon the retirement of Grass, Joe Stratman, who began his Nucor career in 1989 and has served as executive vice president since 2007, will assume responsibilities for the raw materials group, which, in addition to DJJ, includes Nucor’s natural gas investments and logistics.

Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

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Ray Spurgeon has assumed the role of product manager-metal detection at Eriez. Spurgeon will now oversee and handle metal detection inquiries, OEM and major account growth, orders, product development and improvements, marketing, training and sales forecasts as well as other functions.

Since joining Eriez in 1995, Spurgeon has served in various capacities within the company. In his most recent role, he assisted with the successful 2013 release of Eriez’ new Xtreme® Metal Detector and was responsible for the development of new OEMs for this line.

Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

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ACS Group, a manufacturer of auxiliary equipment for the plastics industry, has hired Paul Grekowicz as vice president of marketing and product development to support the company’s ongoing commitment to enhancing its product lines to meet customer’s expanding needs through the AEC, Cumberland and Sterling brands.

In this new role, Grekowicz will focus on enhancing new product development processes and revitalizing marketing efforts to drive increased demand for the company’s products.  

Grekowicz brings more than 15 years of experience in process improvement and product management. After beginning his career at GE Power Systems and taking on roles of increasing responsibility in marketing and operations, he has led significant efforts at leading global companies.

Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

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MBA Polymers has appointed Barry Crowley as chief financial officer. Crowley moved from Edwards Group where he has been group financial controller.

Before joining Edwards, Crowley had a 13 year career with GlaxoSmithKline as director, business development (UK Financial Services), corporate accounting manager and accounting development.

Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

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MetalX LLC disclosed that industry veteran David Riddell has joined the company’s management team, effective immediately. As a senior marketing executive, Riddell will be focused primarily on nonferrous commercial and marketing activities in support of the company’s growing nonferrous business.

Riddell’s background includes extensive experience in the aluminum and white metals sector, having been involved in scrap purchasing, brokerage, and commercial management roles for companies in secondary smelting, sheet mill operations, and international metal trading.

Riddell joins MetalX at a time when the company is expanding the scope of its nonferrous business to incorporate wire chopping, metal extraction technologies, and the production of customized melt products with its more traditional nonferrous scrap processing capabilities. The company began development of a state-of-the-art nonferrous facility in Auburn, Indiana, earlier this year.

Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

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National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) president and chief executive officer Sharon H. Kneiss welcomed John Haudenshield, NW&RA’s new director of safety. Haudenshield will work with industry stakeholders to address industry safety issues and to expand the association’s safety program.

Haudenshield brings extensive corporate safety experience to NW&RA, having begun his career as a safety professional in waste and recycling industry operations and environmental, health and safety (EOSH) compliance. During 14 years of progressive experience leading EOSH compliance and management systems, he also held senior level safety and risk management positions for Diageo, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Unique Industries and Cycle Systems. While with Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Diageo, John was able to further corporate safety initiatives within automated, high-speed manufacturing sites, as well as across a direct store delivery sales region.

Haudenshield has extensive experience with DOT Compliance, Driver Safety, Incident Management and Safety & Environmental Management Systems (OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001).

Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

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