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Bridgestone Americas made two appointments to the leadership team at the company’s manufacturing operations in Aiken County, South Carolina.

Bridgestone appointed Ron Brooks to serve as plant manager at the company’s new off-road radial (ORR) tire plant, which is scheduled to begin production later this year. Brooks spent much of his distinguished career working for Bridgestone, and brings experience managing several manufacturing facilities, including the company’s tire operations in Warren County, Tennessee; LaVergne, Tennessee, and Bloomington, Illinois.

Bridgestone also disclosed that Fran Jones accepted the position of plant manager at its passenger (PSR) and light truck (LTR) manufacturing facility in Aiken County. Jones, previously vice president, administrative services, at the Aiken ORR plant, succeeds John Stewart, who was recently appointed plant manager for the company’s operations in Warren County, Tennessee.

In April 2013, Bridgestone completed a two-phase expansion at its PSR/LTR operations in Aiken County, increasing the plant’s footprint to 2.42 million sq.ft. and resulting in a rated production capacity of 37,350 tires per day, or 13.4 million tires annually.

Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

Terex Construction Americas named Sargents Equipment and Repair Service as an authorized distributor of Terex Fuchs material handlers for central and northern Illinois, including the entire Chicago market area, and the eastern, southern and northern portions of Wisconsin.

Sargents Equipment now provides its scrap, recycling, portside and logging customers with sales and after-the-sale support for the broad Terex Fuchs
equipment line.

Specializing in the recycling industry, Sargents Equipment provides customers with local support from two Illinois locations – its South Chicago Heights headquarters and Gilberts branch.

Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

Arlington Plastics Machinery, a seller of plastic processing equipment, is branching out to sell the Crushmaster line of equipment for the size reduction and processing of biomass.  

Crushmaster features a German engineered line of granulators, shredders and briquetting presses for biomass.  

Pellets are the most common product on the international biomass market. The global production of wood pellets has shown an exponential growth – from 2 million tons of wood pellets in 2001 to 4 million tons in 2006, to 9 million in 2008 and 16 million in 2010.

Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

IROCK Crushers, a mobile screening and crushing equipment manufacturer, has added Construction & Industrial Equipment Corp., Lodi, New Jersey, to its dealer network in the Northeast region.

In addition to its headquarters in Lodi, Construction & Industrial Equipment has two other locations in the state, one in Ramsey and another in Ringwood.

Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

The Timken Company’s board of directors has elected Ajita G. Rajendra a director of the company for a term that expires at its May 2015 annual meeting. The election brings The Timken Company board to 10 directors.

Rajendra serves as the chairman, president and chief executive officer of A. O. Smith Corp., a $2.2 billion global water technology company based in Milwaukee. The company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating and hydronic heating equipment.

Rajendra has held a wide range of finance, operations, marketing and executive management positions throughout his 35 year career and has broad experience serving on corporate boards. He currently serves on the board of Donaldson Company, Inc., a manufacturer of filtration products based in Minneapolis. He previously was a director of Industrial Distribution Group, Inc., from 2007 until its acquisition by Eiger Holdco, LLC in 2008.

Rajendra was named A. O. Smith president and chief executive officer in January 2013, and was elected chairman of the board in April 2014. He has served on the A. O. Smith board since 2011.

Prior to joining A. O. Smith in 2005, he previously served as senior vice president at Kennametal Inc., a manufacturer of cutting tools, from 1998 to 2004. He began his career in 1978 with Corning Incorporated of Corning, New York.

Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan based 3S International, an electronics processor, has named John Van Fossen president and chief operating officer.

As president and chief operating officer, Van Fossen will be responsible for overseeing the management and day-to-day operations of 3S International, along with driving the company’s growth and expansion strategy. With one facility already open and operational in Tinley Park, Illinois, 3S is actively seeking a second Midwest location. The company plans to open 6 to 10 facilities in the next 3 years.

Van Fossen comes from a role as the director of government affairs at Barnes and Thornburg, where he represented 3S International as a client and helped guide the organization through the start-up process. Van Fossen’s background also includes serving as the director of government affairs for Clark Hill PLC, serving local governments in several regions throughout Michigan, and a role as chief of staff for Congressman Peter Hoekstra.

Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News