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Wastequip has opened its newest manufacturing facility in Blacksburg, South Carolina.

The Blacksburg facility will initially produce front-load and roll-off containers, as well as grease containers and specialty products. The facility offers space for on-site inventory to serve customers quickly. It also will have capacity to manufacture compactors and other Wastequip products.

Published in the July 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

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Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS), Chicago, Illinois has acquired Heartland Recycling. With the acquisition of Heartland, LRS will process over 1.5 million tons of waste material annually and control and process more waste than any other privately-held company in Illinois.

LRS will significantly expand its footprint in Chicago as a result of the acquisition, now operating four materials recovery facilities (MRFs) and transfer facilities throughout greater Chicago. The acquisition also increases LRS revenues to over $100 million and adds nearly 10 percent to its existing workforce. Heartland, headquartered in Forrest View, Illinois, processes in excess of 600,000 tons of waste material a year, operates two MRFs and serves more than 500 municipal and commercial customers.

LRS customers include the City of Chicago, Village of Skokie, City of Evanston, University of Illinois at Chicago, Walsh Construction Group and McHugh Construction Co.

Published in the July 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

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Terex Construction Americas appointed Jamie Wright as the new regional sales manager in the northwestern U.S. region for Terex Fuchs material handling equipment. In this role, Wright will have sales and distributor development responsibilities for the expansive line of Terex Fuchs purpose-built material handlers for the scrap, recycling, forestry and port markets in a territory that includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Wright has nearly 20 years of industry experience, including time as a compact equipment product specialist for Terex Construction.

Wright began his industry career in the mid-1990s, working for a heavy equipment distributor. He then moved into a regional sales position for a compact loading and excavation equipment manufacturer. There he developed and expanded distributor representation throughout his territory, giving customers local sales and service support for the equipment. In 2010, he began his career with Terex Construction Americas as a product specialist for the compact construction equipment line, where he maintained, presented and developed product training for the compact equipment market.

Wright will be based out of Terex Construction Americas’ Grand Rapids, Minnesota manufacturing facility.

Published in the July 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

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Electronic Recyclers International (ERI) disclosed that Kelly Thomas has been named its new chief operating officer. Thomas most recently served as senior vice president and general manager for Rolled Products North America at Aleris International Inc.

Thomas spent 15 years in the aluminum industry progressing in her career through finance, treasury and commercial leadership into senior management responsible for business unit P&L oversight. Her tenure with Aleris also included roles as corporate treasurer and vice president of Metal Risk Management with roles in both Zurich Switzerland and Cleveland, Ohio.

Prior to Aleris, Thomas held various management positions with Alcoa for 10 years, including global oversight of Alcoa’s commodities risk management function and senior commercial leadership for Alcoa Europe’s primary products division as vice president Alcoa Materials Management Europe. During her career with Alcoa, Thomas gained global exposure to Alcoa’s primary metals operations, working closely with staff in China, Brazil, Australia, Europe and Russia to drive better operational and commercial performance.

ERI’s former chief operating officer, Tammy Shegerian, has been named chief revenue officer for ERI.

Published in the July 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

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Western Metals Recycling (WMR) purchased the assets and business of Sims Metal Management’s Utah recycling facilities. The operations include a shredder facility in Salt Lake City and a feeder yard in Orem, Utah. Western Metals Recycling is wholly owned by The David J. Joseph Company (DJJ), a subsidiary of Nucor Corporation.

Published in the July 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

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Vecoplan LLC has named Mike LaGoe director of project management. LaGoe has worked as a manager in Vecoplan’s project engineering department since 2011 and brings a total of 15 years of engineering management experience to his new position. Prior to joining Vecoplan he was an engineering manager with a manufacturer of air pollution control systems.

LaGoe’s responsibilities will include directing the design and development of large scale, turnkey, mechanical systems for the processing and production of alternative fuel feedstock from biomass and waste, as well as general waste recycling and treatment systems. In order to ensure continuous quality control, he will also oversee the manufacture and implementation of projects once the engineering phase has been completed.

Published in the July 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

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