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Caterpillar Inc. and Lefort North America LLC have entered into an exclusive marketing agreement for supply of Lefort hydraulic shears and balers commonly used in scrap metal recycling. The Lefort products, available in stationary and portable versions, will be sold and supported exclusively by Cat® Dealers in the U.S. and Canada.

The vision for this agreement is to combine the strength of Caterpillar’s distribution network with Lefort’s innovative design and precision engineered products.

Founded in 1947, Lefort manufactures machines in their Belgium factories using state-of-the art engineering and design methods. Lefort’s North American headquarters is located in West Palm Beach, Florida. This location is also the parts distribution center dedicated to the U.S. and Canada.

Published in the January 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Swarthout Recycling has reached its 25th consecutive year of service in the upstate region of New York.

Swarthout Recycling started 25 years ago as a scrap steel business and has since expanded to include glass, cardboard, tin, plastic and paper. A fleet of 10 trucks deliver 500 roll off containers for commercial, municipal, industrial and residential use. In the past five years, Swarthout started collection trash strictly on a commercial basis.

Published in the January 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Brown and Caldwell, an environmental engineering and construction firm, announced that senior vice president Steve Gates has been chosen by the Design-Build Institute of America’s nominating committee to serve on the organization’s national board of directors for 2016.

Gates, responsible for design-build project development firm-wide for Brown and Caldwell, is a 38 year industry veteran in program, design and construction management roles. A nationally-recognized expert in integrated project delivery, he has successfully managed the delivery of environmental facilities valued well over $4 billion for major public utilities and Fortune 1000 clients, using program management, partnering and design-build contracting, as an engineer, a contractor and an owner’s advisor.

Gates, who works out of Brown and Caldwell’s Boston office, assumed his post January 1. The board of directors is comprised of owners, engineers, design-build construction contractors, architects, specialty trade contractors and other professionals to reflect DBIA’s growing community. Gates also serves on the board of directors for the Water Design-Build Council.

Published in the January 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Mary Johnson has been named general manager, Baxley, Georgia operation for The Harris Waste Management Group, Inc. Johnson has been an employee of Harris for 22 years and has worked for Harris in a number of capacities such as inside sales manager, shipping manager and national accounts sales manager.

Blake Brown has been named the southeast regional sales manager for Harris Waste. Brown’s territory includes the states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Southern Illinois, Southern Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.

Brown was formerly in sales and marketing at OmniSource, Fitzgerald, Georgia.  While at OmniSource, he was responsible for marketing, procurement and customer relations. Prior to that Brown was general manager of Shapiro Metals, located in Fitzgerald, Georgia.

Published in the January 2016 edition

Waste Connections, Inc. has completed the acquisition of Rock River Environmental Services, Inc., a provider of solid waste collection, recycling, transfer and disposal services, with total annual revenue of approximately $75 million.

The acquired operations service 19 counties in central and northern Illinois and include 5 collection operations, 2 landfills, 1 compost facility, 1 transfer station and 1 recycling facility.

Published in the December 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

Brent Hildebrand, vice president of Recycling at Alpine Waste & Recycling, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Recycling Coalition.
Hildebrand runs the Altogether Recycling Plant in South Adams County that recently celebrated its retooling and expansion of capacity. The plant originally opened in 2007, and the recent $5 million investment into all new Machinex equipment and other improvements increased the material capacity by 100 percent.

In 2012, Hildebrand was named the president of the Colorado Association for Recycling.  In 2009 he received the Sustainability Champion award from the Colorado Environmental Partnership and the Colorado Public Health and Environment for innovating Alpine’s diverse efforts to promote recycling in Colorado.

Published in the December 2015 Edition of American Recycler News