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Akro-Mils has named David Hawking regional sales manager for the company’s Midwest sales territory. Based in the Chicago, Illinois area, Hawking will report to Doug Trasatt, Akro-Mils’ director of sales and marketing.

Hawking comes to Akro-Mils as an experienced and successful sales management professional with a background in providing security-related products to the transportation, logistics and electric utility markets.

He previously was national sales manager for North America at TydenBrooks, Inc. in Angola, Indiana, and he had several sales positions at E.J. Brooks, Inc. in Livingston, New Jersey.

Published in the November 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Covanta Environmental Solutions has acquired Waste Recovery Solutions, Inc. (WRS) and Chesapeake Waste Solutions, two privately held environmental services companies located in Pennsylvania. The acquisitions will expand Covanta’s industrial material management network and capabilities in the Mid-Atlantic region, complementing previous acquisitions of similar businesses in the Midwest and Carolinas. In total, the acquisitions completed to date are expected to contribute approximately $80 million of annual revenue.

These two acquisitions add four locations to Covanta Environmental Solutions’ current asset base and allow for continued expansion of a comprehensive suite of environmental services offerings. These offerings include treatment, storage, disposal and recycling of industrial waste, secure destruction of consumer products, reverse distribution of highly regulated pharmaceuticals through a Drug Enforcement Agency registered site, and environmental consulting.

Published in the November 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS), an independent recycling and waste diversion services provider, has been awarded exclusive six year commercial and residential contracts to deliver recycling and waste collection services for the City of Highland Park, Illinois. Services begin January 1, 2016.

In 2014, LRS earned more than $110M in revenue, largely fueled by a significant expansion of new and existing business in education, retail, municipal and residential service markets throughout Chicagoland.

LRS operates five material recovery facilities in Illinois, and is the recipient of Chicago Public Schools’ coveted Best Partnership Award for suppliers who demonstrate superior commitment to students and a strong track record of collaboration.

Published in the November 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Hoover Container Solutions, a provider of chemical tanks, cargo carrying units and related products and services to the energy, petrochemical and related industrial end markets, has acquired Tech Oil Products, Inc.

Founded in 1980 and headquartered in New Iberia, Louisiana, Tech Oil has become an integral part of the Gulf Coast business community, and a market leader for waste processing and handling equipment to the oil & gas and marine sectors globally. The company designs, manufactures, sells and rents a line of waste compacting, processing and recycling products, as well as offshore cargo equipment. Best known for their ENVIRO-PAK®, SafeSub®­, Windchiller® and TOP Offshore Basket brands; the full product line includes over 60 products known worldwide for their reliable and safe operation.

The acquisition of Tech-Oil will firmly establish Hoover as a major supplier of waste processing and handling equipment, offshore recycling equipment, chemical, cargo and waste management tanks, baskets, containers and related accessories and services. Together they will continue to provide a diverse product range and robust services to their customers across the region and in the global energy marketplace.

Published in the November 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) has named Kevin J. Kraushaar vice president for government affairs, chapter operations and general counsel. In this role, Kraushaar will coordinate all NWRA advocacy and legislative efforts at the federal, state and local levels.

Kraushaar has more than 25 years of experience in legislative affairs and advocacy programs. He was most recently a principal in the firm J. Warren Strategies, advising associations and corporations on a wide range of state and federal legislative initiatives. Prior to that, he served as the vice president of government relations for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, and he served on the staff of Representative Carl Pursell (MI). He began his career with the Michigan State Senate. He holds a juris doctor from University of Detroit Mercy and a bachelor degree from the University of Michigan.

Published in the November 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Rick Burks has been named mobile service manager at Vecoplan LLC. In his new position, Burks will oversee all aspects of service on Vecoplan shred trucks. The move is another step in Vecoplan’s commitment to continuous improvement in service satisfaction after the sale.

Working with the company’s internal team of service technicians, Burks has devised and is implementing systematic procedures and programs to maximize service quality and efficiency. In addition Burks will oversee Vecoplan’s network of certified shred truck service personnel throughout North America.

Burks has 31 years of experience in machinery construction, operation, service and maintenance. Joining the Vecoplan team in 2003, his tenure has included stints building shred trucks, as a field service technician, supervising the control panel shop, and as an in-house remote service supervisor. His background in motor controls, instrumentation, and controls integration includes earning an ISA Certified Controls System Technician certification.

Published in the November 2015 Edition of American Recycler News