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Sharon H. Kneiss, the president and chief executive officer of the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) for the past four and a half years, has resigned.

During her tenure as the leader of the premier association in the waste and recycling industry, Kneiss led the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan to help the industry move the needle on safety, effectively communicate and educate about the industry’s priorities and champion legislation that helped to protect workers in the field.

In a letter to the NWRA board of trustees, Kneiss wrote, “After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that I have taken the association as far as I can to make it the most effective and respected voice of the industry. The timing is right for a new chief executive officer to take this special organization to the next level.”

The NWRA board of trustees will soon begin an executive search for Kneiss’ successor. In the interim, current vice president and general counsel Kevin Kraushaar will assume the role.

Published in the December 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Plastipak Packaging, Inc., a global manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging as well as virgin and recycled plastic resin, has completed the acquisition of the business assets of Evolve Polymers Ltd. Evolve is one of Europe’s leading plastics recyclers, based in Hemswell Cliff, United Kingdom.

Plastipak’s global recycling operations currently recycle billions of bottles per year, and the site being acquired has the capacity to process an additional six to nine billion PET bottles into food-grade and other high quality material. The business will begin operating immediately under Plastipak’s ownership. Contracts with Evolve’s existing key business partners have been secured for continued effect.

“Evolve’s prior owners invested significant resources to build the Hemswell Cliff site starting in 2006, and the business’s performance benefited from continuous improvements,” said Martin Hargreaves, managing director, Plastipak Europe. “This acquisition complements our existing recycling businesses, and amplifies our ability to bring our world-class technologies and know-how to better serve our UK and European-based customers.”

Published in the December 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

J. Ted Mihaila, senior vice president and corporate controller of The Timken Company will retire after more than 41 years of service with the company. In connection with Mihaila’s retirement, Shelly M. Chadwick has been appointed vice president ‒ finance and chief accounting officer.

Chadwick joined Timken in 2011 as assistant corporate controller and in 2013 became controller of the company’s process industries segment. In 2014, she was named vice president of treasury with her responsibilities expanded thereafter to include investor relations. Prior to joining Timken, Chadwick was vice president of finance and chief financial officer at Eckart America and previously held financial leadership roles at Noveon Inc. and BF Goodrich.

Chadwick is a member of Financial Executives International, serves on the board of directors of ArtsinStark, a non-profit organization that raises awareness of the value of arts in the community, and is a charter member for the local chapter of Zonta International, which focuses on advancing the status of women worldwide.

Mihaila joined Timken in 1975 and during his career held a number of different accounting and finance roles, including manager of accounting, general manager of business economics, director of internal audit and vice president and controller for the company’s former Industrial Bearings segment. Mihaila was named to his present position of senior vice president and corporate controller in 2006.

Published in the December 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Petersen Industries, Inc., manufacturer of grapple trucks and bulky waste collection systems, disclosed that Sanitary Equipment Company, Inc. is now the sole and exclusive dealer for all of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.  

Sanitary Equipment Company, Inc. started in Connecticut in 1978 and is a third generation family business. The company is headquartered in West Haven, Connecticut. They have another location in Stoughton, Massachusetts. Sanitary Equipment’s motto is “Doing things right the first time.”

Published in the December 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, has acquired Plastic Packaging Inc. (PPI), a privately held Hickory, North Carolina based flexible packaging company.

Founded in 1957, PPI specializes in short-run, customized flexible packaging for consumer brands.

PPI expects 2016 sales of approximately $42 million and operates two manufacturing facilities in Hickory, and Forest City, North Carolina with approximately 170 employees.

Through the acquisition, Sonoco gains additional lamination, wide and narrow web flexographic printing, and pouch and bag forming capabilities that will allow Sonoco to better serve its current customers, while expanding its customer base.

Published in the December 2016 Edition of American Recycler News


The board of directors of The Timken Company, a global leader in bearings and mechanical power transmission products, declared a quarterly cash dividend of $.26 per share. The dividend was payable on December 2, 2016, to shareholders of record as of November 22, 2016.

Published in the December 2016 Edition of American Recycler News