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Danieli Centro Recycling (DCR) has entered into a contract to upgrade Gerdau Whitby’s nonferrous plant.

The upgraded plant will lead to an increase in both the purity and volume of nonferrous metal recovery, and allow the South American steel giant to expand its Ontario operation to recover precious metals from landfilled automotive shredder residue (ASR).

Whitby mill is 1 of 3 Gerdau mills operating in Canada, and employs around 385 people. In 2014, the mill celebrated its 50th year and followed celebrations with a series of improvements which include the installation of the new Danieli Centro Recycling sorting plant.

For DCR, this project demonstrates their focus and commitment to grow in this market and become one of the leading players in the recycling business.

Published in the January 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

ASA Electronics has hired Hannah Birong as their public relations specialist. Birong oversees content creation as well as public relations for ASA Electronics’ various industries and proprietary brands. Her position includes a range of media relations, advertising planning, social media management and web marketing.

Birong holds a B.A. in Mass Communications with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in Graphic Design from Indiana University South Bend.

Published in the January 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) has voted on new officers for the 2015-2016 year.

Elections for officers were held during the winter board meeting on December 10, 2015 in Brooklyn, New York. The new officers, listed below, will serve for the next year:

•President: Bob Gedert, Department director, Austin Resource Recovery, City of Austin.
•Chair of the board: Julie L Rhodes, president, Julie L Rhodes Consulting.
•Executive vice president/chief executive officer: Marjorie Griek.
•Additional Vice presidents: Gary Bilbro, owner and president, SMART Recycling U.S., Inc. and Stephen Bantillo, executive director, Recycling Certification Institute.
•Secretary: Gary Liss, president, Gary Liss & Associates.
•Treasurer: Julie L Rhodes, president, Julie L Rhodes Consulting.
•At-large executive committee members: George Dreckmann, Strategic Initiatives coordinator, City of Madison, Wisconsin Streets Division, Will Sagar, executive director, Southeast Recycling Development Council, and Fran McPoland, government relations and environmental advisor, Paper Recycling Coalition & 100 percent Recycled Paperboard Alliance.

Published in the January 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

EnergySolutions, Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Waste Control Specialists LLC (WCS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Valhi, Inc. and operator of a waste disposal facility located in Andrews County, Texas.

At closing, EnergySolutions will pay $270 million in cash, $20 million face amount in Series A Preferred Stock and will assume approximately $77 million of WCS debt. Additionally, EnergySolutions will assume all financial assurance obligations related to the WCS business.

Completion of the sale is subject to certain customary closing conditions outlined in the transaction agreement.

EnergySolutions and WCS will continue to operate as independent companies until completion of the sale.

Published in the January 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

ParkerGale Capital, LP has acquired OnePlus Corporation, a leader in waste compactor automated monitoring systems.

Founded in 1989, OnePlus has enabled users of large industrial waste compactors, such as commercial property owners, retailers and government agencies, to lower their waste removal costs. Specifically, the company’s patented sensor technology monitors how full a compactor is and alerts both the waste hauler and property owner when it’s time for a pickup. With this technology, OnePlus is helping companies such as Lowes, Home Depot, United States Postal Service, Hyatt Hotels and Amazon save millions a year in waste removal fees, while helping waste haulers like Republic Services and Advanced Disposal to more efficiently manage their fleets and bring additional value to their clients.

Upon closing, Klaus Voss, a veteran environmental technology and real estate executive with more than 20 years of experience, was named chief executive officer of OnePlus.

In addition to Voss, ParkerGale also brought on the former chief financial officer of Edline (acquired by Blackboard), Jay Alter, as chief financial officer to help OnePlus improve its systems and facilitate future acquisitions.

Published in the January 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Masaba Mining Equipment, a manufacturer of bulk handling equipment, has named James R. Peterson president.

Peterson has worked in sales and marketing at Masaba the past seven years. His most recent experience prior to joining Masaba was business owner and president of Canica-Jaques VSI Crushers.

Peterson holds a MBA from Mississippi State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Marquette University.

Published in the January 2016 Edition of American Recycler News